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Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Contributed President of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Dr Walton Small (fifth right, standing), holds the ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup with Kerrene Grant (eighth left, standing), manager of GraceKennedy's subsidiary, First Global Bank (Mandeville bBranch), during the trophy presentation to the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cricket team. STETHS were crowned champions for the 28th year in the ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup schoolboy cricket competition, after defeating Vere Technical High on first inning points, during the finals held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon. Others sharing in the occasion are Clive Ledgister (far left), STETHS' head coach, Hugh Kennedy (sixth left), First Global Bank's business development officer, Errol Johnson (third right, standing), ISSA's cricket chairman and FGB's Rohan James (right, standing).
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Errol Mathias (right) of Ascot Primary School speaks with Lester 'Father Ken' Crooks, a longstanding contributor to cricket in Portmore and Vice President of the Portmore Cricket Association (PCA), during the launch of the PCA Portmore Primary Cricket League at Ken's Wildflower on Wednesday. Ascot Primary are the defending champions.
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Naggo Head Primary warmed up for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Schools Athletics championships by winning the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) Portmore Schools District Association Sports Athletic Meet at Waterford High School recently.

Naggo Head totalled 340 points, while Portsmouth, 222 points, and Gregory Park, 154 points, rounded off the top three schools.

The primary schools in Portmore normally meet this time of the year to participate in the JTA Portmore District Association track meet. The coaches select the best athletes to represent the school. The best students are then selected at this meet to represent the Portmore district association, after which they go to the St Catherine Parish finals.

The best athletes then advance to the Sagicor JTA meet to represent their parish. Acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas sponsored the trophy for the winning school.

Edgewater FC make winning start

Defending champions Edgewater FC made a winning start in their opening game of the 2016 season of the St Catherine FA Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Saturday. Ontwain Mitchell, Christopher Robinson and Kamani Maxwell scored Edgewater's goals.

In other games, Portmore United whipped Daytona 6-0, Angels United clipped Rivoli United 2-1, East Portmore Portals downed Westchester 1-0 and Central Lynx drew 3-3 with Windsor Lion. The competition continues today.

Cumberland Sports Day take spotlight

Claim To Fame Promotions will be driving home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community with the inaugural staging of the Cumberland Sports Day on Labour Day,

May 23, at the Sector C football field.

Activities include a six-a-side competition, with the winner to get $15000 in prize money and a trophy; celebrity football game, ladies football, netball and running events. Music will be provided by C4 International and Six Killer.

Main organiser, Bling Claim To Fame, promised that it will be a fun-filled day for the whole family and refreshments will also be there.

"This is a must-attend event, initiatives like these build

communities," he said.

PCA Portmore Primary cricket launched

The Portmore Cricket Association (PCA)-sponsored Portmore Primary Cricket League was launched at Ken's Wildflower on Wednesday.

The competition is tentatively set to bowl off on Thursday, May 5, at the Portsmouth Primary School cricket ground. Ten schools have shown interest to join the competition, including defending champions Ascot Primary.

Ascot's coach, Errol Mathias, believes that his team stands "a great chance" to repeat as champions.

He see all the teams in this year's competition as a threat, however, he listed Independence City Primary, last year's beaten finalist, as his greatest challengers.

Noting the importance of this competition were president of the PCA, Courtney Francis, Hugh Hinds, the PCA's coordinator of the League and businessman Lester 'Father Ken' Crooks, who is a long-standing contributor to cricket in Portmore.

PGA on top in Church Cricket

Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) lead the standings on net run rate at the end of the preliminary round of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Twenty20 Cricket League following last Saturday's round of matches at the Bridgeport sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine.

Despite going down in their first game of the season, PGA bounced back and won two games on the trot to be on 10 points.; Faith Temple New Testament are also on (10), while PFM International (PFM Int'l) are on five points, so too Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.).

PGA beat defending champions PFM Int'l by nine wickets. Scores: PFM Int'l 124-5 from 15 overs Glenn Wellington 55, Junior Stewart 22; Ralston Nelson 2-18 from three overs. PGA 126-1 Damion Bryce 65 not out, Ralston Nelson 46; Roderick Williams 1-12.

In the second game, Faith Temple New Testament defeated PFM Dev. by six wickets. Scores: PFM Dev. 109 Aaron Graham 41. Simon Clarke 3-16 from four overs and Joseph Ellington 3-16 from three overs. In reply, Faith Temple got home with two deliveries to spare at 113-4, with top scorer Michael Ellington scoring 51 not out and Anthony Richards 42 not out. Jerome Herion took 2-12 from four overs.

This morning third-placed PFM Int'l will take on brother team, fourth-place PFM Dev., in a knockout contest. The winner takes on the second place team, Faith Temple. Game time is 10:30 a.m.

Clarendon's Jamalco lead South Central quest

The JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition continues today at Brooks Park in Mandeville with leaders Jamalco FC of Clarendon facing the host from Manchester, Ricam Academy.

The competition which is played between the four major winners of the respective

parishes, as well as the runners-up, kicked off last week at Brooks Park. The eight teams are zoned in two groups.

Jamalco lead Zone One on four points, having played two games. Dunbeholden of St Catherine, Ricam Academy and Tru-Juice all have three points.

Jamalco opened the competition with a 2-1 win over Tru-Juice of St Catherine, before being featured on Wednesday in a 3-3 draw against Black Stars at their Wembley Centre of Excellence home field. In that game, the teams were locked

2-2 at half-time. Black Stars' Zavier Henry pushed them ahead in the 71st minute, but Demar Stone was able to eke out a goal in the 75th minute to tie the game 3-3.

Henry actually netted a hat-trick, scoring in the ninth, 40th and 71st minutes. Andrew Isaacs, with a brace in the sixth and 34th minutes and Demar Stone in the 75th minute scored or Jamalco.

Also from the midweek schedule, Tru-Juice FC dominated Ricam Academy at home, winning 4-0, while in Zone Two, Downs FC of Manchester played to a 2-2 draw at home against New Bowens FC of Clarendon.

St Elizabeth champions St Bess FC hosted Dunbeholden FC at the Lacovia Community Centre and lost 0-1. Lorenzo Dubidad scored the lone goal of the match in the 12th minute for Dunbeholden.

Porus lead Pat Anderson Under-17 League

Porus are the star performers in the current Moorland Development/Pat Anderson Manchester Football Association Under-17 football competition.

In five games so far, they have notched a perfect record, scoring 22 goals while conceding just one. They are the Zone Three leaders and are the first qualifiers to the knockout phase.

Hillstars head Zone One with 11 points, compiled from three wins and two draws. The completion of matches is much slower in Zone Two, which is led by Downs with seven points from three games.

In notable results from this week, Christiana Academy prevailed 3-0 over Technical Strikers, Alligator Pond and Downs drew 0-0, while Comfort edged Studds 1-0.