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Scotia dominate Inter-Bank Football Awards
Many-time champions Scotiabank were the toast of the Inter Bank Football Association (IBFA) Awards Ceremony on the evening of January 27 at the Bank of Jamaica Auditorium in downtown Kingston, sweeping the top awards for the league.
Champions again in 2015, Scotia not only captured the Western Sports/Norman Goodison Inter Bank league title for a ninth consecutive year, but won a number of individual awards, including MVP of the league Norwayne Knight (captain), leading goalscorer Nicholas Scott, top goalkeeper O'Brian Duncan, as well as Coach of the Year, Damion Gordon and Manager of the Year, Diana Polack.
Scotia also received the Champion of Champions Trophy ahead of NCB and another trophy for having emerged the dress parade winners at the start of the season. All members of the Scotia team received trophies as well.
Meanwhile, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) won the five-a-side competition ahead of the JN Group, with BOJ's Antonio Hall copping the MVP award and teammate Dwayne Smith capturing the leading goalscorer award. BoJ were runners-up to Scotia in the league.
National Commercial Bank (NCB) captured the award for the Most Disciplined Team in the league, plus the JamClear Cup, having beaten BoJ in the final.
Referee awards went to Ronaldo Francis, Carlton Nicholson, Leroy Willer, Patrick Campbell and Kevin Thomas.
The sponsors' addresses were delivered by Carl Chang, CEO of Western Sports and Oliver Tomlinson, general manager of the Jamaica National Life Insurance Company. Livingston Morrison, president of the IBFA, also addressed the gathering, while Anna Smith, general secretary of the association, also spoke. Wayne Shaw, vice- president of the IBFA, moved the vote of thanks.
Jamalco to host development meet today
All appears well for the JAAA/Puma/Jamalco Development Meet today at the Jamalco Employees' Sports Club in Hayes, Clarendon.
There are 70 scheduled events, starting from 9 a.m. with the 1500 metres. This is open to classes three, two and one, along with clubs and institutions. The 200 metres will follow, but this is only reserved for the clubs and institutions and class one high school athletes. There will also be the 400m and 100m, which is open to primary schools.
The program takes a break at 1 p.m. to facilitate the official opening ceremony and special presentations. The afternoon program starts with a continuation of the 100m, before it closes with the sprint medley relays.
Registration should have been completed from Wednesday. To secure arrangements for lunches, teams can contact Shirley Levy at 893-4933 or Maurice Salmon at 798-5241. Cost: lunch only $300, with drink $350.
Jamalco start well in Clarendon
Defending Major League champions of Clarendon, Jamalco, have made a bright start to the 2016 of the Clarendon Football Association/Captain's Bakery Limited Major League, with consecutive victories against New Bowens and Lionel Town. New Bowens were beaten 2-0, while Lionel Town were hammered 5-0.
The New Bowens clash was somewhat of a community clash. Tashane 'Big Tash' Campbell sent Jamalco ahead in the 19th minute of play, with a 30 yards free kick and Renoir "Woody" Elliott made the game safe with a goal in the 88th minute.
Against Lionel Town, Jamalco had a goal fest with a convincing 5-0 victory. The goalscorers were Andrew 'Joysie' Isaacs (17th), 'Woody' Elliott (58th), Dwight 'Irons' Dunk (68th), Ramone 'Blacks' Plummer (85th) and captain Akeem 'Rat' Henry with a penalty in the 88th minute.
In other results, a rebuilding Sporting Central Academy and Original Hazard drew 1-1, while Kempshill edged Comfort 1-0.
Ricam retake lead in Manchester
The ding-dong battle to hold on to the leaders tag in the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain's Bakery Major League continued last weekend as Ricam Academy regained the lead, after defending champions Hillstars kept in again for just one week.
Two weekends ago for the ninth round, Hillstars were back on top after securing a 1-0 win over Land Settlement, which pushed them to 22 points, one more than Ricam Academy. Hillstars at the time had profited from a 2-2 draw by Ricam, but this time the tables were turned as Hillstars drew 3-3 against Downs.
Ricam, however, proved no match for newcomers Old England, slamming them 5-1. Ricam are now on top with 24 points, one more than Hillstars. Ricam's big win was set-up by Romario Rochester's double strike.
The title chase remains tight with Downs in third on 22 points, followed by the pair of Mile Gully and Alligator Pond on 19.
Mile Gully, which have slumped in recent times, earned some merit by slamming Land Settlement 8-0. Ashanti Lawrence netted a hat-trick, while Alex Cummings scored twice.
Holland slows Black Stars' march in St Elizabeth
Black Stars' unbeaten run in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League came to an end when they were ambushed 3-2 by struggling Holland Police Youth Club last weekend.
In seven previous matches, the Black River-based Black Stars had mined 19 points, including six wins, and had enjoyed a seven-point lead on nearest challengers Real Treasure Beach. The loss cut their lead to four points as Real Treasure Beach took care of Vineyard Youth Club 1-0 to move to 15 points.
There is also a change in third place where newcomers St Bess United have taken over that slot, after slamming the previous holders Super Action 4-0. It was Super Action's second straight loss and they have now slipped to fifth, owing to Appleton's 3-1 win over Haughton at Elim.
The final result of the weekend saw Tafari Lions contributing Newell's miserable run this season in a 1-0 away win at Hounslow.
Goals galore in Treasure Beach Night football
Goals poured like rain as another three teams made it to the second round of the South St Elizabeth six-a-side night football competition, at the Treasure Beach Sports Park. This brings the tally to 11.
In games played last week Saturday night, Rio Strikers embarrassed the Hopewell Masters' team 7-0 as Lamar McKenzie scored twice.
The biggest margin of victory came in the second match where Edusports completely destroyed Round Hill 10-0. Both Shawn Genus and Orville Salmon preened themselves with four and three goals, respectively.
The final match capped a goal-filled night when Boom XI took out Jakes All Star 6-0, as Javid Morris scored three goals.
These three latest qualifiers have joined Gunner FC, Eyes Burning Wild Onion, Ghetto Youth, Great Bay, Gunner City, Untouchable, Tennant and Longwood.
Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Head of the Manchester Football Association (MFA), Dalton Wint, has been honoured by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce at that august body's annual awards ceremony, held at the Golf View Hotel last weekend.
Wint, who has completed three consecutive two-year terms as Manchester FA President, also got the nod for a historic four-year term by the endorsement of the majority of clubs in Manchester during a special annual general meeting held last month.
He was recognised for leadership, as well as his contribution to sports development in the parish of Manchester. Under his tenure as MFA President, Manchester has grown its youth portfolio. The parish now has sponsorship for its three youth competitions and has since snapped the perennial dominance of St Catherine and Clarendon in the annual Juici Patties sponsored South Central Under-15 and Under-13 youth competitions.
His award was sponsored by the Metrodade Security Company.
Spit Fyah, Right Stuff lead
Spit Fyah and Right Stuff are the early leaders in the City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League, after five rounds of matches.
Spit Fyah and Right Stuff are both on maximum 20 points. Exceptional International are also undefeated, but have played a game less and have amassed 16 points for third place. Passagefort United (14); Naggo Head (14), round off the top five.
In games played last Sunday, Spit Fyah cut down Soursop Tree 300-283 and Right Stuff defeated Waterhouse United 300-286, while Unity Strikers beat Highlight Strikers 300-278, Feluchie Strikers defeated Masterpiece 300-298 (in a countdown), Spring Village outlasted Garveymeade 300-284, Passagefort United rushed past Ken's Wildflower 300-290, Exceptional International whipped Memory Lane 300-251, Fort International humbled Eradication 300-279 and Naggo Head turned back Chedwin Strikers 300-288.
Portmore, Bodles square off in knockout clash
Premier League contenders Portmore United will take their terrific form into the final of the FLOW St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland KO football competition against Bodles at the Spanish Town Prison Oval tomorrow, at 6 p.m.
A Major League game will be played before the KO final, as Dunbeholden tackle Frazsiers Whip at 3:30 p.m.
In semi-final action, red-hot striker Javon East and an own-goal saw Portmore dethroning the defending champs, Rivoli United, 2-0, and Bodles had a hard-fought 3-2 win over Royal Lakes.
Ascot win first-ever Kiddy Cricket game
History was made recently as the first-ever Scotiabank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket match was played in Portmore. As Ascot carved out a 17-run victory over arch-rivals Independence City Primary at Independence City Primary's playing field.
Ascot piled up 171-5 in their allotment of overs, as Jamal over burst. He got support from Nigea Meikle (16 runs). Independence City's Kevin Bailey (3-7 runs), had the best bowling figures in the match.
Independence City scored 154-5. Ascot's Orlando Newman took 2-6.
Federal, Albion cop titles
Federal United and Albion copped the St Catherine Football Association midseason titles on Wednesday at Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Federal, through goals from Stephen Morant (15th) and Romaine Williams (34th), defeated Tru-Juice 2-0 to take the Major League mid-season crown, while Albion clipped Marcus Garvey FC 2-1 to take the Division One midseason title courtesy of goals by Sheldon McKay (fourth) and Ricardo Wright (12th), while Steven Welling (22nd) got Marcus Garvey's consolation goal.
Mega Angels favoured for title
Free-scoring Mega Angels will have the favourites tag beside their name in next month's final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League against Westchester. In semi-final action, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16 and Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance.
Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santas B will do battle in a third-place play-off, while Mega Angels will play Westchester for the championship on a date to be decided. In a play-off game for the semi-finals, Express All starts were beaten 11-6 by the underdogs of the second round, Passagefort Strikers.
Church cricket meeting for tomorrow
The 2016 season of the Power of Faith Ministries' (PFM) Church Cricket League is slated to begin on Saturday, March 5. To facilitate this, the sports department of the church will be having an important meeting today at PFM's multi-puspose complex at 5:30 p.m.
"We want all the churches interested in the cricket competition to come out and get registered," said Mark Williamson, the coordinator of the league.
Power of Faith International are the defending champions.