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Jamalco congratulates Portmore on Confed
In a rare but creditable form of sportsmanship, Jamalco Football Club, which lost 3-0 to Portmore in a decisive South Central Confederation (SCC) play-off football contest, has sent formal congratulations to the St Catherine Club.
A release signed by its manager, Ewan Scott, said: "The management, staff and players of the Jamalco FC extend their congratulations to the SCC champions, Portmore, and best wishes in the quest for the return to Premier League. We are confident that PMU will represent the SCC well and will be amongst the 12 teams for the 2015-2016 Premier League competition."
The two teams met in the final last Sunday at Wembley Sports and Excellence Centre. Both teams were locked on points, but owing to a better goal differential, Jamalco needed just a draw to advance. However, two goals from Rodean Jenkins and one from Paul Wilson destroyed the home team's hopes.
Portmore will now contest the four-team Jamaica Football Federation national play-offs. Two teams will advance to next year's Red Stripe Premier League.
Hillstars win Pat Anderson U17 final
Hillstars were crowned the 2015 Morelands-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 League champions, following a 2-1 win over Downs at the Kirkvine Sports club.
The win extended Hillstars' domination among the clubs, having won the senior Major League final last month.
Following a closely contested first half that ended 1-1, Hillstars opened the scoring in the 48th minute through their captain, Thorn Simpson. Downs quickly rebounded, finding the equaliser a minute later. However, Simpson, who was clearly one of the best players on the field, scored his second and the game's winner in the 58th minute. As a measure of his talent, he was shifted to defence in the closing minutes to help thwart Downs' offensive charge.
Davis powers Jamalco
to netball Open success
The Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco continued their domination of Clarendon netball, easily winning the Jamalco-sponsored Clarendon Open League final 41-26 win over Hayes Contenders at Mineral Heights Sports Centre.
Owing to their participation in the Business House League and having a few of their top players in the Elite Series now on, Jamalco played without much of their stars, but found a dependable force in veteran Elaine Davis, who was lethal at the hoop, sinking all 25 attempts.
Her longstanding teammate and captain, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, sank 11 from 13 attempts, while Shanika Watson scored five from six.
For Hayes, who also lost in last year's final, Shauna Jones was their best scorer, netting 19 of 25 attempts.
Jovan Benjamin, who played centre for Jamalco, was voted the Most Valuable Player, while guest team, Team R of Manchester, secured the most disciplined team award.
Preceding the final, a rally was held featuring all the teams except those who made it to the semi-finals. Denbigh A emerged as winners, with Team R getting second.
Clubs will now look to the annual senior and junior netball championships.
Vere, Jonathan Grant
top John Green leagues
Vere Technical and Jonathan Grant emerged champions of the respective divisions of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)-sponsored John Green Memorial Clarendon Youth Football League.
Vere triumphed in the Under-15 section, defeating Clarendon College 6-5 on penalties after the two had played to a 2-2 draw.
Jonathan Grant, a guest team from St Catherine, won the Under-13 section, easily brushing aside Glenmuir High 4-0.
Courtney Scarlett emerged the hero for the Wayne Whyte-coached Vere, as he scored the winning penalty after the teams had been locked at 5-5.
Earlier, Whyte scored Vere's second goal, which had given them a 2-0 regulation time lead after 58 minutes. However, Clarendon stormed back in the closing minutes of the 70-minute game to score through Recardo McIntosh's last-minute strike and Michael Shorter's equaliser in time added.
There was no such drama in Jonathan Grant's triumph. They enjoyed a 2-0 half-time lead before, quite fittingly, Gamal Elliston, who won both the Most Valuable Player Award and Top Goalscorer awards, netted the fourth and final goal.
Black River shine in
Hugh Buchanan League
Black River Prep were the only repeat winners this week in the inaugural St Elizabeth FA/Hugh Buchanan Southwest Primary Schools football league.
Following a 3-0 win the previous week over Giddy Hall Primary, Black River Prep defeated Middle Quarters 2-1. This was Middle Quarter's second straight loss, having gone down 0-2 to Brompton.
Interestingly, it was Brompton's time to lose this week, sinking 0-1 to the other entrant from the capital of St Elizabeth, Black River Prep.
In other results, Pondside improved on their 1-1 draw against Fullerswood Primary to pip Crawford 1-0, Big Woods Primary drew with Pedro Plains Primary 1-1, while Slipe Leased Primary scored the biggest win of the week, recording a 3-1 success over Fullerswood.
Under-13 football title
Prolific striker Dwayne Atkinson scored twice as Edgewater lifted the St Catherine FA Under 13 Football League title with a 2-1 win over Raiders United at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Sunday.
Atkinson ended the league with eight goals. Last year, the club won the Portmore Under-13 and Under-15 Football League titles, as well as the Champion of Champions Under-13 trophy, which is played between the winner of Portmore and the winner of the Central St Catherine leagues.
Hellshire Park on top
Hellshire Park copped the Prevancer Protection & Security Services-sponsored Hellshire Division 7-A-side Football League after a 2-0 win over Two West Strikers in the final at Five West, Greater Portmore, last Sunday. Robert Nelson (second minute) and Leeham Cato (30th) scored for Hellshire Park.
First-place Hellshire Park received $50,000, while second-placed Two West Strikers collected $30,000. Cato, captain of the Hellshire Park, was voted the League's MVP. The most disciplined team and dress parade winner was Comfort on the Hill from Hellshire, while the leading goalscorer was Kemar Wright of Two East Warriors, with six goals.
Prevancer Security's company's CEO, Vanrick Preddie, who is also the councillor/caretaker for the Hellshire division, pumped in more than $600,000 to run the competition, while Andrea Hanson, Portmore's sport officer for INSPORTS, was one of the chief coordinators of the league, alongside the Social Development Commission.
Top-ranked Caribbean Classic are set to knock cards with Eagle View tomorrow at Eradication Domino Club in Gregory Park, in one of four quarter-final games in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino Major League.
In other games, second seed Spit Fyah take on seventh seed Exceptional International at 42 Portmore Drive, the home of Caribbean Classic; former champions Fort International play Eradication at Garveymeade Club, while Right Stuff play Spring Village at Passagefort United.
Meanwhile, the teams that finished ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th in the league will play for the Ken's Wildflower Trophy. Matches are: Masterpiece vs Cookie's International and Passagefort United vs Naggo Head. All games begin at 11:30 a.m.
'Own goal' gives
It took a 28th-minute 'own goal' for defending champions Elim Basic School to carve out a 1-0 win over newcomers Faith Assembly in the INSPORTS/Chubby Portmore Little League at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton, Portmore, St Catherine, last Wednesday.
In the opening game at the venue, last year's third-place team, Silverstone, was held to a 0-0 draw by newcomers Kensington Basic. The dress parade was won by Child Plus, Ascot Basic took second, and Aintree placed third. The competition continues next Thursday.
Defending champions Edgewater blanked Watson Grove 3-0 as they made an impressive start to their 2015 campaign in the East Central St Catherine Constituency-sponsored Portmore Under-15 Football League, at the Cedar Grove playing field last Sunday.
In other games, Cumberland beat Westport 3-0, Naggo Head clipped East Portmore Portals 2-1, and Naggo Head also had a 2-1 win over Greater Portmore.
Matches on tomorrow: 12 p.m. Naggo Head vs Cumberland; 1:40 p.m. Greater Portmore vs Westport; 3:20 p.m. Watson Grove vs East Portmore Portals, and at 5 p.m. Edgewater vs Daytona. All games are scheduled for the Watson Grove playing field.