In Your Neighbourhood
Vere, Jonathan Grant secure INSPORTS/John Green youth titles
Vere Technical and Jonathan Grant High were crowned respective Under-13 and Under-15 champions of the 2016 Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Clarendon/John Green Memorial football competitions.
In two exciting finals played at the Middlesex International College, Vere secured the Under-13 title after a 2-1 victory over Knox College.
After a goalless first-half, Kevin Francis and Javon Smith scored inside three minutes to put Vere in command.
However, Kevon Daley scored shortly afterwards to setup a tense finish.
In the day's feature, guest team Jonathan Grant edged defending champions Vere 3-2 on penalties in a fierce contest after both teams played to a 1-1 tie.
Kimani Simpson gave Jonathan Grant the lead midway the first half.
Vere fought back brilliantly, hitting the bar twice before Garrington Baker's equaliser in the 67th minute.
Jonathan Grant's goalkeeper, Diandre Burrell, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, saved three penalties during the shootout.
Based on tournament rules Jonathan Grant were named overall champions, while Vere were declared parish champions.
In the third-place play-offs, Old Harbour High defeated Denbigh High 4-3 in the under-13 division, while a decision is pending in the under-15 division after the Glenmuir High/Central High game was blown off with the game locked at 1-1 at the end of full time.
In the presentation of awards that followed, Vere, with 26 goals, were named the most attacking team; Lennon, most defensive and Denbigh, most disciplined in the under-13 category.
Javon Smith, who scored seven goals, copped the Golden Boot award, while Vere's Leon Bryant was named most valuable player.
Wayne White of Vere collected the award for being the winning coach.
Vere also took the award in the under-15 division for being the most attacking team; Glenmuir, most defensive and Jonathan Grant, most disciplined team.
Baker was the top striker with 11 goals, while Tyrone Bryan secured the winning coach award.
Norma Lindsay and Carl Singh received special recognition for their contribution to the development of youth football in the parish.
Portmore Missionary, Hillel Academy cop TT titles
Former champions Portmore Missionary girls and defending champions Hillel Academy won the respective team titles at the University of Technology yesterday as the curtains came down 0n the 2016 Milo Prep Schools Table Tennis Championship.
Portmore Missionary overcame Liberty Academy 3-2 in a thrilling final that went down to the wire, while Hillel Academy edged St Andrew Prep 3-2 in another exciting contest.
Both schools will now move on to the Champion of Champions play-off against their primary counterparts, Angels Primary girls and Greater Portmore Primary boys, respectively.
In the individual events, the unbeaten Liana Campbell of St Jago Cathedral took the girls Under-12, defeating Gianna Lewis of Liberty 3-1.
Dujuan Jackson of St Andrew, who also went undefeated, eased past teammate Jelani Barnaby 3-1 to lift the Under-12 boys' title.
In the Under-10 category, Rohanna Anderson of St Jago beat Tsenye Lewis of Priory 3-0 and Orin Frazer of St Catherine Prep eased past Azizi Johnson of Holy Childhood 3-0 for the boys' title.
The top coaches were Colin McNeish of Portmore and Peter Daley of Hillel.
Villa United win Manchester U13 football
Villa United continued their dream 2016 season in Manchester's youth football, when they were crowned as 2016 champions in the Manchester Football Association (MFA)/C & D Construction & Engineering Under-13 competition.
In the final that was played earlier this week at Kirkvine Sports Complex, Villa made light work of Comfort to win 5-0. The one-hour final was effectively over by the end of the first-half, in which Villa romped to a 4-0 lead, with goals coming from Justin Bailey (11th), Alexandre Forbes (14th), Othneil Reid (16th) and Abimbola Olakolu (19th). Lodwayne Graham scored the final goal in the 45th.
Villa United's Under-13 triumph capped a sterling season, in which they also won the Can Care Pharmacy/MFA Under-15 competition two weeks ago, after defeating Porus 4-3 on penalties.
Shooting ranges close today
Two shooting ranges which cater to professionals will be closed today as respect is paid to the interment of two of their own.
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, which has its facility in the Lincoln Community area of Mandeville, pauses operation to facilitate the funeral of the mother of its president, Orville Henriques.
Henriques' mother - Mavia Touban Simpson, will be laid to rest today at the May Pen Cemetery after a thanksgiving service starting 1 p.m. at the Mount Faith Deliverance Tabernacle, across from the May Pen Police Station.
A second range, the Westmoreland Shooting Club, will be closed to facilitate funeral services in Sav-la-mar for the life of professional shooter and club owner Raniel Mendez. Late last month, Mendez who was in his early 30s, was cut down after a short battle with cancer. He was also a member of the MRPC. The ranges will be reopened tomorrow.
Daley powers Gregory Park to victory
Joval Daley, with an all-round performance, powered Gregory Park Primary to a six-wicket victory over Naggo's Head in the final of the Portmore Cricket Association Portmore Primary Cricket League, at the Portsmouth playing field on Wednesday.
Naggo Head first made 123 all out and Gregory Park replied with 127-4, with Daley topscoring with 42. Daley had earlier snatched two wickets during his bowling spell. Support in the bowling department came from Shawn Brooks, who took three wickets and Odane Francis, who got two.
The team's best player, Devaughn Tulloch, the first centurion - (113 runs against Port Henderson in the preliminary round) - in the two-year-old competition, failed with the bat as he made only five, but his teammates rallied for the famous win.
Gregory Park will now play in the national phase of the competition, which starts on June 21.
Portsmouth ready for junior football rally
Portsmouth's coach, Kevin Reid, said all is in place for the inaugural Institute of Sports Under-nine football one-day rally at his school, Portsmouth Primary, on Friday, June 17.
"We are all set for a day of exciting football. The youngsters are raring to go, and parents, teachers and fans can expect a lot from these players," he said.
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 be in grades 1-3.
Deadlines extended for church leagues
Organisers of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) church football and netball leagues have extended the deadline for entries until Saturday, June 25.
Registration is now open to all churches. If interested, they can call Mr Williamson at 361-8231. Last year, first-timers Fair View Open Bible from Spanish Town lifted the football title, while Power of Faith Ministries 'A' copped the netball crown.
The venues for the netball and football leagues remain the same as last year - Lot 10C, PFM Sports Complex and Passage Fort playing field.