In Your Neighbourhood
outclass Stone Love
Stone Love International were no match for the British-USA Invitational football team as the former were trounced 4-0 in an exhibition game during the Jus Kool Promotions' British Champions League one-day tournament at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium recently.
Kevin Clarke scored a double strike, while Ben Bryan and Oliver Turbul completed the scoring for British-USA Invitational.
In the opening game Duhaney Park Masters beat Waterhouse Masters 3-1.
Meanwhile, Donovan 'Chunky' Hylton of Jus Kool Promotions said that he felt it necessary to rekindle people's love for this football tournament in this community with its return after 10 years in the wilderness. He was pleased that Exclusiv Vodka, represented by brand executive Marlon Thompson, was on board. The event also featured music by the world-renowned Stone Love Movements, a fish fry and a fun day for the children.
Dunbeholden, Bodles rule St Catherine
Dunbeholden and Bodles FC were both crowned champions of the St Catherine Football Association's Major and Division One Leagues, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval last Sunday.
Dunbeholden defeated Tru Juice 1-0 in a hard-fought final, as a first-half goal by Lorenzo Dubidad gave them the Major League title in the feature encounter of a double-header. In the opening game, captain Andre Dyce (10th minute penalty) and Donovan Wolfe's 70th minute strike secured a 2-0 win for Bodles over Watson Grove.
Jamaica Lacrosse seek help from overseas
Calbert Hutchinson, president of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, spent some time in Toronto, Canada, last week in strategic planning and idea sharing sessions with one of the all-time greats from the sport, John Tavares, a 19-time all-pro selection. Tavares, who played for the Buffalo Bandits, is the leading scorer in National Lacrosse League history.
PFM International wins big in cricket
The spirit of defending champions Power of Faith Ministries International (PFM Int'l) were lifted after they shrugged off last week's shock loss to Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.) team, as they won by 135 runs over Faith Temple New Testament in their cricket match. Scores: PFM Int'l. 193-5; Peter Harrison 89 (nine 4s, six 6s), 45 deliveries; Junior Stewart 43. Anthony Richards 2-31. Faith Temple 58 all-out in 9.2 overs; Anthony Richards 23, Mario Walters 3-11. Marlon Hoilette 2-0 from 0.2 overs and Aston Canegan 2-21.
In the opening game, Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) defeated PFM Dev. by 22 runs. Scores: PGA 130-5 - Damion Bryce 51 and Ralston Nelson 31. Jerome Herion 2-22 and Duvanne Mighty 2-23. In response, PFM were restricted to 108-5. Shannon King 24 and Dwight Burrell 26. Kimani Morgan 2-10.
All four teams are on five points each. Game on this morning: PFM Int'l vs PGA at 10 a.m.
St Bess FC rule
St Bess capped a fairy-tale season when they defeated defending champions Black Star 2-1 to win the Magnum/St Elizabeth FA Major League title.
In the final hosted at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last weekend, St Bess rocked the champions early when Cleon Barrett score in fifth minute. They were, however, brought down to earth when Kareem Lewis scored four minutes later to equalise at 1-1.
The score remained 1-1 until the half-time break to keep the sides' fans on the edge.
However, eight minutes after the resumption, Kirk Wanliss scored to give the St Bess team a 2-1 lead. It would remain that way as new champions were created.
The occasion was historic as St Bess were competing in the Major League for the first season.
On the other hand, it was a major disappointment for Black Star who had won the midseason title over Real Treasure Beach FC and also led on points for the duration of the preliminary round.
Both teams will, however, represent the parish in the upcoming South Central Confed play-offs. Holland Police Youth Club secured third after a play-off with fellow beaten semi-finalist Real Treasure Beach FC. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time, but Holland prevailed 9-8 on penalties.
Star Zone shine
in Manchester Division One final
Star Zone prevailed 2-0 over Technical Strikers 2-0 to lift the 2016 Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One football title.
In the final at Brooks Park, Star Zone secured promotion to next season's Major League through goals from Geo Givans (14th minute) and Jermaine Robinson (90th).
Both teams are relatively new to competition at the parish level. Remarkably, it was Star Zone's debut season, while Technical Strikers were competing for the second year.
Both teams can be promoted, but the Manchester FA reserves the right to make a final assessment re management structure and readiness.