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In Your Neighbourhood

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The top performers from the Claude Mckay High cricket squads during the ISSA Under-14 and U16 competition proudly posed with their trophies alongside Coach Richard Bryan (left) and Principal James Smith during a special appreciation ceremony at the James Hill based school earlier this week. They are (from left) Shemar Ricketts, the cricketer with the best academic record, Jermaine Johnson (second left), who captained the Under-14 team and was adjudged the batsman of the season; Conroy Johnson (right), who collected the award for Junior Sharpe, the best bowler and Keanu King, who collected foir Eric Whyte, the top all-rounder.

Lewis new president of Ken's Sports Club

Charles Lewis was last Sunday elected the new President of the Ken's Wildflower Community Sports Club and is charged with the mandate to resurrect one of the longest service clubs in Portmore currently in operation.

The executive reads Lester Crooks (manager for life), Charles Lewis (president), Robert Cato (vice-president), Noel Ingram (treasurer), Donnett Ellis (secretary), Gordon Wright (assistant secretary).

The club, which was formed in 2002 and is in a rebuilding phase, is actively involved in cricket, netball and dominoes.

Some members feel that they need to go back to basics, when membership soar and fundrasing was at its best. The club's core business is to be part of the community that businessman Lester 'Father Ken' Crooks operates his establishment and to guide and have the youth involved in sports that can deter them from undesirable behaviour.


INSPORTS Under-nine football competition

The stage is set for the inaugural Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Under-Nine One-Day Football Rally at Portsmouth Primary School playing field on Friday, June 17.

The competition, which has attracted seven schools thus far, will commence at 9:30 a.m. and will culminate with a grand final and a presentation. Players should be nine years or younger and are in grades 1-3.


Church leagues to start end of June

The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) church football and netball leagues are tentatively set for Saturday, June 25. This was disclosed by coordinator of the leagues, Mark Williamson, sports director at PFM, after a meeting with churches. Registration is now open to all churches, who can call Williamson at 361-8231.

Last year, first-timers Fair View Open Bible from Spanish Town lifted the football title, while PFM 'A' copped the netball crown.

The venues for the netball and football leagues remain the same as last year - Lot 10C at PFM Sports Complex and Passage Fort playing field.


Villa win Manchester Can Care U15 title

Little known Villa United pulled off a major upset when they defeated high-riding Porus FC to cop the Can Care Pharmacy U15 title.

Villa's championship win had to come the hard way - secured after they won 4-3 on penalties. Earlier, no goals were scored after the regulation time of 70 minutes as well as extra-time. The lack of goals was a disappointment given how both sides had marched in to the final with heavy semi-final wins.

Porus had defeated Belair Academy 5-0, while Villa had whipped 360 Degrees 4-1.


Henriques tops May Madness shoot

Orville Henriques proved he was still among Jamaica's very best shooters as he comfortably pushed back a good field too win the May Madness IPSC Level One match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club at Lincoln Range last weekend.

The event had featured for the first time in years the highest complement of shooters from the Jamaica Rifle Association in Kingston.

With only the higher ranked Andy Yapp and Junior Brown missing, Henriques topped the 17-man field with 557 points. This was 85 points better than second place Paul Dixon, who shot at 77 percent. So dominant was Henriques that he won seven of the eight stages. Dixon won the other.

Third place overall went to Christopher Chung Fung, while Thomas Jones was the best placed Mandeville shooter behind Henriques, copping fourth with 421 points. Female shooter Sue Henriques copped an outstanding fifth overall with 414 points.


Shooting fraternity in mourning

The central Jamaica shooing fraternity in a current state of mourning. A damper was placed on last weekend's May Madness at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club range in Lincoln, Mandeville, when news circulated that promising young shooter and range owner, Raniel Mendez, had died following a short battle with cancer.

Mendez, who shot left-handed, had the distinction of being the only man to defeat Orville Henriques in a Street Gun championship in the last three years, a feat he realised in August 2014.

In a bold move, he became the youngest owner of a shooting range when he opened the Westmoreland Shooting Club in 2015.

News also emerged that the mother of Orville Henriques, MRPC's best and Jamaica's third ranked shooter, had passed away, a day before the loss of Mendez.

Henriques has often said his mother, who grew him up in a tough area of May Pen, was an inspirational force in the transformation of his life.


Claude McKay High fêtes cricketers

For the cricketers of Claude McKay High in James Hill, Clarendon, 2016 was a historic one. This year signalled the revival of cricket at a competitive level for the school as since 2002, they had not participated in an Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-run cricket competition.

This season the school broke new ground by entering the Under-14 and Under-16 competitions and while they did not make it past the first round of both competitions, the Principal, James Smith, in conjunction with new coach, Richard Bryan, found it important to host an appreciation ceremony on Wednesday June 1, geared at motivating continuity.

Four major awards were given: Jermaine Johnson, who captained the Under-14 team, was adjudged the batsman of the season, Junior Sharpe, the best bowler, Eric Whyte, the top all-rounder and Shemar Ricketts, the cricketer with the best academic record.

Junior Henry was recognised for volunteerism.

Sharing in the occasion were teachers who supported the venture, members of the community and parents. The revival of cricket at the school is also seen as an important link to the revival of the sport in the community, since the school utilises the community playing field as its home ground.


Manchester U-13 round-up

With the Can Care Pharmacy Under-15 out of the way, attention has now shifted to the C & D Construction/ MFA Under-13 competition.

Eight matches featuring two rounds were completed last week at the Kirkvine Sports Club.

There were three drawn games, with Hillstars ending 0-0 with Mile Gully and Comfort 1-1 against the recently crowned Under-15 champions, Villa United. The third drawn match saw Comfort securing a 1-1 scoreline against Hillstars.

Stars Academy recorded the highest margin of victory, slamming newcomers Handbury 10-0. Alligator Pond swam past Ricam 4-1, Starz Academy ensured a second loss for Ricam in a 1-0 effort, while Villa United outscored Mile Gully 3-1. Alligator Pond ensured it was a nightmare week for Handbury, as they drowned them 5-0.

Following the end of this competition, the parish squads for both the upcoming Juici-Patties South Central Confed Youth competitions will be finalised.