In Your Neighbourhood
Naggo Head make perfect start
Naggo Head Primary School battled from a goal down to register a 3-1 victory over Belmont Park in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League last Thursday.
Damion Abraham scored a hat-trick of goals to lead Naggo Head to victory and they now lie third in Zone Two with six points from two games.
In other games in the zone joint leaders Bridgeport (seven points) clipped Greater Portmore 2-0 and Waterford (seven points), another co-leader, registered a similar 2-0 win over Ascot Primary.
Independence City Primary lead Zone One with seven points after they were held 0-0 by Southborough Primary. They are followed by defending champions Portsmouth and Gregory Park with four points apiece, following their 1-1 draw, while Kensington Primary (three points) won their first-ever game as they edged Port Henderson Primary 1-0. Kensington made their debut last season.
In games on Tuesday, Portsmouth defeated Port Henderson 3-1, with goals from Duvarn Webb (second minute), girl player Jada Douglas (40th), and Justin Robinson (50th). Independence City came from behind to beat Kensington 3-2. Jaheem Johnson with a double strike (33rd, 49th) and Dante Brown (30th) led Independence City to victory. Alex Brown (10th) and Brian Berket (57th) scored for Kensington.
Spit Fyah eyes
Red-hot Spit Fyah go into their quarter-final clash with eight-ranked Tamarind Tree bubbling with confidence, as the post-season begins in the Jamaica Domino Council Association League at Caymanas Park with four matches. All games begin at 11 a.m.
Spit Fyah crushed Giants 300-204 in the end-of-round final last Sunday to cop their second title of the season. They had also won the mid-season title earlier in the competition, after they beat arch-rivals Caribbean Classic. In other quarter-final games, Caribbean Classic take on Eradication; Giants oppose Right Stuff and Waterhouse United will knock cards with Naggo Head Strikers.
Passagefort, Waterford to continue rivalry
Defending champions Passagefort United will continue their intriguing battle with arch-rivals Waterford in the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, which is sponsored by MP Colin Fagan, at seven o'clock tonight at the Garveymeade Sports Club.
Last Sunday, both teams were locked at 114-114 apiece when a power outage forced a premature end to the match. It will continue where it ended. Ken's Wildflower, who are awaiting the winner of that clash, booked their spot in the final as they humbled Westmeade Rising Sun 250-227 last Sunday.
Ken's led by 35 points (125-90) at half-time. The final will be on Sunday, November 22, at Caymanas Track Limited.
Portsmouth on top
Portsmouth Primary showed that they are the team to beat in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Netball League with a big 18-4 win over Independence City Primary at the Portsmouth Primary Court last Wednesday.
Trishana Gray (12 goals) and Shakera Baker (six goals) led Portsmouth's scoring, while Arifa Wilson scored all of Independence City's four goals.
This was Portsmouth's second win in as many matches and they lead Zone One with maximum six points. Ascot Primary are second on three points as they defeated Waterford 10-8.
new closing date
The closing date for entries for the Horizon Park Primary School netball rally has been pushed back by a week to Friday, November 20. The rally will be held on Friday, November 27 on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.
The organisers said the event will be "unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors". There will also be special awards for most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.
For assistance with registration, contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114. The cost of registration is $2,500.
BoJ, NCB in Jam Clear Cup final
Defending champions Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) and National Commercial Bank (NCB) will meet in the 2015 Western Sports/JNBS-sponsored Norman Goodison InterBank Jam Clear Cup final tomorrow at Winchester Park, starting at 3 p.m.
NCB defeated JNBS 5-2 in their semi-final match last Sunday at Winchester Park. Sheldon Maragh scored a brace in the fifth and 36th minutes, and Damion Walker also had a double, scoring in the 50th and 68th minutes. AndrÈ Messam scored the other goal for NCB in the eighth minute. Romario Atkinson (15th) and Chevon Williams (22nd) scored for JNBS.
BoJ won the inaugural Jam Clear Cup competition and are going all out to defend their title. Coach Anthony Patrick will be looking to Red Stripe Premier League players Dawyne Smith and Akeen Themstead, Antonio Hall, Mark Powell, Roger Buckner, Dasean Meeks, Patrick Campbell and goalkeeper Paul Allen for their second hold on the trophy.
National Under-17 coach Paul Edwards will try to win his first InterBank title and he will rely on former Harbour View goalkeeper Lavar Williams, Messam, Walker, Calnet Gray, Maragh, Dwayne Salmon, Zadok Howard and Ceyon Francis for victory.
The winner will play InterBank champions Scotiabank in the Champion of Champion matchup on Sunday, November 22, at the same venue.
UWI win in
club TT League
Three Division Two matches were played last night as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Table Tennis Jamaica National Table Tennis Club League continued. In the results, JPS blanked hosts Duhaney Park 5-0, Supersonic B drubbed visitors Blue Diamond All-Stars 4-1, and hosts UWI edged Swallowfield Chapel Smashers 3-2.
The league continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. with JDF at home to Swallowfield at Up Park Camp and The Gleaner at home to Emancipation Park at North Street in two Division Two matches.
McKoy wins Burger King walk race again
At 42, Olivia McKoy's dream to represent her country again may well be over, but her drive to participate and keep her body fit appears far from diminished.
McKoy topped Natasha McKenzie who won the Knox 7K road walk race two weekends ago in Manchester. It was the second-straight time she had beaten McKenzie.
In the first Burger King-sponsored road race in Mandeville, McKoy defeated pre-road race favourite and the woman considered the best in Jamaica Paula Sinclair of Kingston. McKenzie was third.
McKoy's win was even more remarkable than the Mandeville leg as her final time of 37 minutes was four minutes quicker than the nearest female.
Looking fit and strong, the former Jamaica Olympian won her second-straight road race when she won the Burger King Portmore leg of the run/walk road series.
Having completed her second win, she says she wants to make the road race and walking circuit her new domain.
"Given all that I've been through I thank God for this, it means I can continue to believe in myself."
This conclusion is significant, given her troubles at the event last year when she was disqualified after it was deemed by the race organisers that she ran instead of walking the distance.
She also said she is keen to get her technique right as once she is fit, "no one can beat me".
She currently resides in the Lincoln area of Manchester and although qualified with a first degree from an athletic scholarship abroad, she remains unemployed.
Mandeville Street Gun championship tomorrow
Competitive shooting returns to Mandeville when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host the final leg of its National Street Gun championship.
The event, which starts at 11 a.m., will be hosted tomorrow at the Lincoln range, six miles south-west of Mandeville. However, the match will go beyond the usual limits of a club match as it is designed for all kinds of shooters, particularly amateurs.
No carry-on rigs are allowed, hence only the regular firearm license issued by the Firearm Licensing Authority will be engaged.
Stages for the championship will mirror local danger scenarios the licensed firearm holder is likely to face. Expected designs include playing dominoes, gardening, bathroom, driving and lying down.
The range will be open from as early as 8:30 a.m. to accommodate last-minute practice sessions.
All the semi-finalists in both the male and female divisions of the Howie Chin Memorial Prep School football leagues have been confirmed. The competition is in its fifth year and run by the Manchester Football Association.
In the boys' competition, there is a three-way tie on 14 points involving Knox, Belair and surprise package Charagape. Unbeaten Knox and Belair are in pole position, based on their higher goal average, with the boys from Knox ahead by one goal.
Defending champions Mount St Joseph complete the final four. However, they have been far from convincing, winning three matches and losing twice.
They, however, secured their spot earlier this week with their most impressive display so far - a 5-0 flogging of Yabnel. Coy Grant led the way with two goals.
Belair are on course to land the female title, having recorded four straight wins. Their 12 points are seven more than Mt St Joseph, on five, while Knox have three.
in U14, U-16
Claude McKay High created history when their Under 14 and Under 16 teams made it to the second round of the ISSA age-group competitions for the first time.
Their Under-14 team made the cut on Tuesday when a hat-trick by Renardo Hall gave them a 4-0 win over Edwin Allen in Franfield. They ended their North Clarendon zone on 13 points.
The Under-16 team had a more difficult passage, earning nine points from two wins and a draw to advance with surprise zone winners Thompson Town.
They defeated Clarendon College 1-0 and also edged Kellits 2-1. They had drawn 1-1 encounters against Lennon and Thompson Town. The traditionally-heralded Clarendon College failed to make the cut.
The result is significant for coach Orville Beckford and the James Hill-based Claude McKay, as they did not contest the daCosta Cup competition this year.