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Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Cedar Grove

ready for Braeton

Cedar Grove Estate FC go into their York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two midseason final match against Braeton United bubbling with confidence.

"We are well prepared for this encounter, mentally and physically," said Bryan Cunningham, the president of Cedar Grove Estate FC. The match will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016, instead of the previously announced Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Cedar Grove playfield starting at 3 p.m.

Despite the delay, Cunningham, believes that won't bother his team, which include the strike force of Stephen Squire, who has scored three times thus far. He insists that this year, they will go to the next phase, which is the St Catherine FA Division One. Last season, they lost to Hellshire 1-0 in the league final.

Portmore, Rivoli

in KO clash

Defending champions Rivoli United tackle Portmore United in an all-Premier feature semi-final match-up in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout Competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Bodles will take on Royal Lakes in the opening semi-final game at the venue.

Rivoli boot Old Harbour Bay United 2-0 in quarter-final action recently, and Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0. In other quarter-final games, Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.

All in place for

netball play-offs

The organisers of the South East St Catherine Netball League shared that most things are in place for a successful staging of the three-day play-offs slated for next week.

Four teams, Pro Santos A, Express All Star, Progressive Strikers and Passagefort Strikers will play off for the fourth and final semi spot. The play-offs start on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Star should be the two teams that will fight for that one spot.

Cross-zone phase begins in Manchester major league

The Magnum/Captain's Bakery Major League will resume today following the Christmas break with the start of the cross-zone phase. One match will be played today and five tomorrow.

When the first phase comprising round-robin zone games ended, Mile Gully and Ricam were the respective zone leaders.

Today's lone match will see Georges Valley hosting Land Settlement at the deCarteret College playfield.

Tomorrow's schedule features a double-header at the Downs' community centre. In the first game at 1:30 p.m., Alligator Pond will host Hillstars, while around 3:30, the home side, Downs, will take on Comfort.

The rest of games see Porus hosting Greenvale, Old England vs Villa, and in the most anticipated match-up, the respective zone leaders will meet at Mile Gully.

Mile Gully have mined 13 points from five games, the same as Ricam.

Ricam are Manchester

KO champions

Ricam Academy won their first major senior Manchester Football Association title when they defeated Hillstars on penalties to take the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knockout Cup.

The final, which was contested at Brooks Park earlier this week, saw a 1-1 draw following regulation and extratime.

Ricam were deserving winners, having been the most assertive team throughout the match. They, in fact, rocked Hillstars early when Kemar Ricketts scored in the 26th minute.

They looked like sealing the title as, in time added on, Hillstars added life to the game and ensured extra time, when their best player, Jermaine Green scored in second-half added time.

MRPC says thanks

The management of Mandeville's professional shooting range facility, the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), has said thanks to its club members and patrons throughout the year.

They also state that they will continue to promote the benefits of professional shooting.

In a new year's release signed by club president Orville Henriques, the MRPC recognises that shooting is still an emerging sport but an important component of raising the awareness of safety in today's Jamaica.

"Our club continues to attract licensed firearm holders, but realises it has a central role in providing a top-class facility for the development of professional shooting," read the release. "Professional shooting is important in fostering a stable culture of firearm acquisition and mastery and controlled use."

The facility, which is approved by the Firearm Licensing Authority of Jamaica and which also works closely with Central Dealers, the only approved facility for firearm purchases in central Jamaica, is opened to the public seven days a week. It hosts competitive matches each Sunday and competitive practice shoots on Wednesdays. The club also hosts a monthly match, which is open to all professional shooters and which adheres to international rules and organisation.