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Jamalco ready for Confed playoffs
South Central champions Jamalco will be looking to make use of what could be the final opportunity through the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Charley JB Rum Confed playoffs to secure a spot in the country's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
If ambitions by the JFF hold true, the next system of qualification would be by franchise bidding.
Teams looking to secure the two reserve berths to next season's RSPL have added incentive as the sponsors have provided a million-dollar payday for the winners of the four-team round-robin playoff.
Last season, Jamalco were edged out by Portmore United at the Confed level, but the previous year they were heartbroken at home in the final game, when they were beaten 1-0 by Reno. Had they drawn that game they would have qualified for the RSPL.
"We have mostly youngsters, but have experienced players in key areas and we are very motivated to pull through this time," said coach Rayon Johnson.
Jamalco secured their berth to the final four after topping St Bess of St Elizabeth in a confident second half 2-0 display last weekend.
It was the how as Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 57th minute of play, before teammate Rohan, who goes by the same surname, sealed the win in the 71st.
In tomorrow's start of the national Confed playoffs, Jamalco will travel to Drax Hall in St Ann to battle against Brazil, while Granville of St James will host former Premier League campaigners, the KSAFA champions Maverley-Hughenden.
Villa, 360 Degrees in Can Care semis
Villa United and 360 Degrees Football Academy secured the first two semi-final berths in the Can Care Pharmacy/Manchester Football Association U15 competition, following convincing wins in their respect quarter-final matches at Kirkvine Sports Complex.
Villa United, who are having their best season in the youth competition, marched past Comfort CC 4-0. The hero was Mushtaq Christopher, who enjoyed a hat-trick after scoring in the first, 56th and 64th minutes. Tajuan Tomlinson netted the last goal of the match in the 70th.
In the battle of the two Manchester-based football academies, 360 Degrees triumphed over Starz, which means a new champion will be crowned. Nicholas Bennett got a brace, scoring in the 35th and 59th minutes, while Kimani Wright found the net for 360deg in the 42nd minute to send last year's winners packing.
Manchester range to host JRA shooting match
The Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host a Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA)-endorsed shooting match on Sunday, May 29 at its Lincoln range.
The hosting of the match at MRPC is considered an important development in the relations between the two entities. Top quality competition is expected as the match will also be organised as an International Practical Shooting tournament from which the points earned will add to international rankings.
Head of the MRPC, Orville Henriques, said the match will take the place of the club's regularly scheduled monthly match for May. Both the JRA and the MRPC will engage in the final stage setups.
Jamalco Open netball finals tomorrow
The finals of the Clarendon Netball Association (CNA) Jamalco Open will be played tomorrow at Mineral Heights Sports Complex.
The grand final between defending champions Jamalco and Cable Pro is earmarked for 5 p.m., but the afternoon features other eagerly and cash-rich competitive match-ups. Both finalists, who played in separate preliminary groups, are unbeaten.
There will be no final day rally, but for the first year, the final day will feature a consolation final between high school rivals Holmwood Technical and Denbigh High, slated for 4 p.m.
Two third place play-off games are also scheduled, to be played earlier.
Hayes, who were beaten 34-24 in the senior semi-finals by Cable Pro, are pitted against Team R of Mandeville, who fought gallantly but lost 24-16 against Jamalco. Glenmuir and Hayes Super Stars will contest the consolation third place matchup.
The presentations, which normally follow the final, will take place at a later date.
PGA wins church cricket title
Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) crowned themselves champions of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League for the first time, with an easy eight-wicket victory over Power of Faith Development in the final at Bridgeport Sports ground last Saturday.
Power of Faith Development won the toss, batted first and were bowled out for 52 in 11.1 overs. Demar Johnson (16) was the top scorer, while Kimani Morgan (4-13) and Ralston Nelson (3-18) plundered seven wickets for PGA.
In response, PGA got to their target in 4.1 overs, with a top score from Ralston Nelson, with 41 not out. The two wickets were accounted for by the run out route therefore PGA won by 8 wickets.
For their efforts, PGA earned the Dr. Delford Davis Trophy.
Destroyers cop 'Cross the table' trophy
Destroyers copped the inaugural Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic five-team 'Cross the table' domino trophy when they pulverised Venom 150-129 in the final at the home ground of Caribbean Classic, Portmore Drive (formerly Portmore Lane) recently. The huge 21 points win by Destroyers saw them taking the best-of-three series 2-1.
They lost the first match of the series by four points, but recovered to win the second match by 12 points. Both teams entered the finals with two victories apiece from four encounters, but Destroyers' Rupert 'Sir' Pryce, who copped the MVP award for the final, explained that his team was always confident of victory as they eyed the big prize.
"The match was a hard one because of the calibre players Venom have and they had the majority of the crowd cheering them on. We had to pull out all the stops to take the title," said Pryce.
The competition saw the biggest monetary payout ever locally, as Destroyers walked away with $600,000, while runners-up Venom pocketed $400,000 and third place Legend got $200,000.
Waterford Primary win opening game
Waterford Primary defeated Independence City by 61 runs in the opening game of the Portmore Cricket Association (PCA) Portmore Primary Cricket League at Portsmouth Primary School last Wednesday.
Scores: Waterford Primary piled up 204-9 in 25 overs, as Khajai Reid (38), Demano Knight (33) and Ashani Ballentine (21) made most runs, against the bowling of Dylan Simmonds (2-37) and Michael Angrin with identical figures (2-37).
In reply, Independence City were bowled out for 143 in 20.2 overs. Asani Smith topscored with 44 runs and Jaheem Johnson made 26. Reid was Waterford's most successful bowler, grabbing 4-37. In another game, Bridgeport surprised defending champions Ascot Primary to win by 26 runs.
INSPORTS /Chubby Portmore Little League football roundup
Defending champions Waterford Infant School, who compete in Zone One, defeated Elim 2-0 as action continued in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Little League football competition at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton recently. Amani Evans (fifth) and Tyrese Johnson (12th) scored for Waterford Infant.
In other games in the zone, Harvest Temple blanked Watson Grove 3-0, with a double strike from Donte Sudlow (eighth, 21st) and another goal from Dwayne Bruce (20th minute), while a 12th minute strike from Kelvin Brown gave Naggo Head a 1-0 win over Greater Portmore.
In Zone Two, Waterford Development were the only team to walk away with the full three points, as Donte Smith (sixth) scored in their 1-0 win over Smart Kids.
In other matches in the group, Aintree drew 0-0 with Sabina, so too did Kensington and Child Plus, as well as Silverstone and Gregory Park.
Games will continue next Thursday at Ferdie Neita Park, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Spit Fyah favoured over Correctional Services
Home team Correctional Services will have their hands full as they go up against leaders Spit Fyah in a Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored League match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Spit Fyah, who lead the standings with 61 points, overpowered Passagefort United 300-244 last week. Correctional Services are coming off a 300-289 loss to Ken's Wildflower.
In other games (home teams named first), second place Naggo Head vs Spring Village (53 points), Old Harbour's Unity vs third place Waterhouse (51), Garveymeade vs fourth place Exceptional International (51), fifth place Right Stuff (50) vs eighth place, Felluchie Strikers (41), sixth place Fort International (47), vs Right Stuff, seventh place Eradication (46) vs Memory Lane, Masterpiece vs Chedwin Strikers and Soursop vs Passagefort United.
Queen's boys, St Jago girls top Milo TT qualifiers
St Jago Prep School's girls team whipped Mount St Joseph girls 3-0 to join Holy Childhood and Harrison in the semi-finals of the 2016 Milo Table Tennis Championships.
In boys' competition, Mount St Joseph brushed aside St Jago 4-1 to take a step closer to booking their spot in a Zone Two encounter.
In Zone Three, rampant Queens marched into the semis with a close 3-2 win over Vaz, while Portmore whipped St Andrew A 4-1 to all but secure a semi-finals berth.
Vaz (seven points) must beat Portmore (eight) in their rescheduled match that will decide which one qualifies for the next stage. The unbeaten Queen's boys topped the group with maximum 12 points to qualify for the semis, joining Hillel's and Holy Childhood's boys.
The semis and finals will be played on June 9 at the University of Technology (UTech).
Two wheels, One Love BMX race series
For the past 18 months, the Digicel Foundation's Two Wheels, One Love learn-to-ride programme has been teaching over 200 youngsters in five St Mary schools how to ride a bicycle, how to compete in the sport of BMX (Bicycle Motocross) and principles of love and forgiveness.
Each school has received 30 coaching sessions and it is now time for the young riders to show off their skills.
Today will be the inaugural race in the Two Wheels, One Love BMX race series to be held at the Eden Park BMX Track in Jacks River, St Mary. Anyone interested in learning how to race BMX is encouraged to attend. Entry is free! Registration begins at 10 a.m. with races beginning at noon.
The series will culminate with the staging of the Jamaica BMX National Championships on Saturday, July 2.