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Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Netball Association president, Marva Bernard (centre), made the day for these young netballers from the Farm Primary School in Montego Bay, St James. Bernard was in the second city to deliver the keynote address at Tuesday’s launch of the St James Netball Association Under-12 competition.
The Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, Americas Division, laid down a sponsorship of $3.4 million for the staging of the 2015 Jamaica International Invitational Track Meet (JII), which takes place today at the National Stadium. Handing over the cheque replica is Yanming Xiao (second left), deputy manager, CHEC, Americas Division to Dr. Warren Blake, chairman, JII organising committee, while Ludlow Watt (left), vice chairman, JII organising committee and Donald Quarrie, meet director and athlete liaison, look on. This is the third year in a row that CHEC has sponsored this event.
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Vere Technical to host Joe Neath football tournament

Vere Technical will host the inaugural Joe Neath Foundation Football Tournament on May 22. Twelve teams have already been confirmed for the one-day tournament, which will be confined to Primary Schools within Clarendon.

Wayne Whyte, who is head coach of Vere Technical High's daCosta Cup football team, is in charge of arrangements. He can be contacted at 1-876-305-5705.

Jamalco

Open Netball

The semi-finals of the Clarendon Netball Association's Jamalco Open will take place tomorrow, at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre.

In the opener at 4 p.m., Holmwood Technical will take on defending champions Jamalco, while in the second game at 5 p.m., it will be Cable Pro against Hayes Contenders.

In the quarter-final clashes last weekend, Holmwood knocked out Team R in an all Manchester parish clash; Cable Pro narrowly saw off Denbigh Alumni 2017; Hayes Contenders easily outscored Denbigh High 21-11; and in the final game, Jamalco steam-rolled Optimist 26-8.

Tomorrow's games will be over 40 minutes, up from the half-hour from the previous rounds.

Porus, Hillstars in Pat Anderson semis

Porus and Hillstars have both reached the football semi-finals of the 2015 Moreland-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 League in Manchester, following tough quarter-final victories earlier this week.

Porus, a preliminary round winner, were made to work hard for an extra-time 1-0 win over Georges Valley, who had qualified as one of the best third-placed teams.

The game was 0-0 at the end of regulation time. However, Stanford White, who entered the game as a second-half substitute, found the clincher in the final minute of extra-time via a header.

In the second quarter-final, Hillstars came from behind to edge a determined Mile Gully side which had also qualified as the second of two best third-placed teams. Sakiely Salkey gave Mile Gully the lead in the 31st minute, but Thorn Simpson scored twice in two minutes (35th, 37th) to put Hillstars ahead.

The next two quarter-finals pit Downs against Christiana Academy and Villa United vs Ricam.

Portmore, Jamalco in dead heat

play-off return

St Catherine's Portmore United and Clarendon's Jamalco will enter tomorrow's return phase of the South Central Confederation football play-offs locked on both points and goal difference.

Both are on six points and have both scored six goals and conceded four. The two are coming off a midweek clash at Jamalco's home ground at the Wembley Excellence Centre, where they ended 1-1. Paul Wilson had given Portmore the lead in the 12th minute, before Andrew Issacs found the equaliser in the 74th minute.

The midweek schedule was also significant for Manchester's Hillstars, who had been beaten in their first two matches while failing to score a goal.

However, they came up trumps against St Elizabeth champions Appleton, whom they defeated 2-0 at Kirkvine.

Hogarth Henry netted Hillstars' first goal via the penalty route in the 25th minute, while substitute Jermaine Green scored the second in the 83rd minute.

In tomorrow's games, Hillstars will host Jamalco at Kirkvine, while Portmore host Appleton at Ferdie Neita Park. Both games are set for a 4 p.m. kick-off. The winner on points after the completion of return legs will win the lone play-off spot to the national series.

Business House

Five-A-Side at NWC playing field today

The Pronto Porridge sponsored Business House Five-A-Side one-day football competition takes place today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona, starting at 9 a.m. A total of 24 teams will vie for top honours, including defending champions Scotiabank.

Defending division one champions are Metrodade Security. Play in division one will see former champions Petrojam, Scotiabank, Carib Cement and The Gleaner in action, along with last season's division two champions, Spanish Grain Store, now promoted.

Meanwhile, the Western Sports/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Business House League gets underway on Sunday, May 17 with 24 participating teams -12 in division one and 12 in division two.

Classic scold Correctional Services

Veteran club Caribbean Classic warmed up for the quarter-finals of the City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union-sponsored domino competition, which begins later this month, as they punished Correctional Services 300-188 in a lopsided game last Sunday.

Classic, currently second on maximum 64 points, should take over first place with an expected win tomorrow over third place Spring Village (54 points). Spit Fyah (66 points), the present leaders, ended the preliminaries with a commanding 300-225 triumph over Naggo Head.

In other games, fourth place Fort International (52 points) beat Memory Lane 300-282; fifth place Right Stuff crushed Cookies International 300-210; sixth place Eradication (46 points) defeated Masterpiece 300-272; seventh place Exceptional International (44 points), stopped Felluchi Strikers 300-283 and Garveymeade outlasted Ken's Wildflower 300-295. The quarter-finals are scheduled for Sunday, May 24.

Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side football

Two West Strikers will play Hellshire Park in the May 17 final of the Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side football tournament at Five West playing field, Greater Portmore, at 3 p.m.

In semi-final action last week, Hellshire Park eliminated Two East Warriors 2-1 on penalties, while Two West Strikers sent home Three West United 3-1, also on penalties.

The competition's leading goalscorer, Kemar Wright (five goals), of Two East Warriors, will watch from the sidelines and watch as his team has been eliminated.

St Catherine

Under-13 Football League semis

The semi-finals of the St Catherine Football Association Under-13 Football League will be played today at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. In the opener at 2 p.m., Zone A winner Portmore United (13 points) tackle Zone B runners-up New Raiders (11 points). Portmore will depend heavily on the league's leading goalscorer, Jamone Shepherd (six goals), for victory.

In the feature match at

3:30 p.m., Zone B winners Edgewater (13 points) take on Zone A runners-up Windsor Lion (11 points) at 3:30 p.m. Dwayne Atkinson, with five goals, will lead Edgewater's charge.

Meanwhile, the Under-15 League will commence this afternoon with one match on schedule at the same venue, as defending champions De La Vega City oppose New Raiders at 4:30 p.m.

May 16

deadline for

Church Leagues

All churches desirous of entering the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church football and netball competitions have until Saturday, May 16.

The officials of church teams are being asked to register at the PFM Multipurpose Complex. Nine churches have confirmed their participation for the football league and another seven for netball. The 65 Waltham Park New Testament Church of God aggregations won both competitions last year.