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INSPORTS Little League quarter-finals
Defending champions, Waterford Infant, will take on Waterford Development in a hot quarter-final game in the Institute of Sports Little League Football competition at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
In other quarter-final matchups, red-hot Naggo Head, the Zone One winners, take on Sabina, the fourth place team from Zone Two at Silverstone, Greater Portmore, while Gregory Park, the Zone Two winners, play Harvest Temple, the fourth place team from Zone One. The semi-finals will be played on June 23.
Ex-MLB players to stage baseball clinic in Jamaica
More than 50 youngsters, ages 9-14, will participate in a baseball clinic organised by Ed Rose of BEST Baseball Academy and former Major League baseball player, Jamaican-born Devon Whyte.
The clinic is scheduled to take place at DeCarteret College, Manchester on June 18 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.
Participants will be exposed to the basic tenets of the game and the fundamental skill sets required to play at the highest level.
Whyte, who immigrated to the United States at age nine - won the MLB World Series three times - during a 17-year career between 1985 and 2002.
International baseball coach, Rose, is the founder of Best Baseball Academy in the US. The former Boston Red Sox player served the sport at various levels and is also the current assistant district administrator for Jamaica Little League Baseball and Softball Inc.
Spit Fyah booted from domino
Pre-tournament favourites Spit Fyah were booted from the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore/St Catherine League after a narrow 300-299 countdown quarter-final loss to Felluchie Strikers last Sunday.
In other games, multiple champions Fort International whipped Spring Village 300-251, Right Stuff eliminated Waterhouse 300-288, and Eradication squeezed out a 300-299 countdown win over Exceptional International.
The semi-final pairings pit Eradication vs Fort International at Garveymeade Sports Club and Right Stuff vs Felluchi Strikers at 29 Passagefort Drive.
Meanwhile, Soursop Tree surprised Passagefort United 300-298 in sudden death in a Division Two match. Other winners include Correctional Services, 300-287 over Masterpiece; Highlight Strikers 300-278 over Ken's Wildflower; and Naggo Head 300-268 over Chedwin Strikers. The semi-final pairings for Division Two are Correctional Services vs Highlight Strikers at Naggo Head Bus Park and Soursop Tree vs Naggo Head at Bayside.
Juici-Patties/Clarendon Senior, Junior leagues
The Clarendon Netball Association will tip off its second major competition of the 2016 season, when the Juici-Patties Senior and Junior leagues get under way at Mineral Heights Sports Complex.
The Junior League begins at 1:15 p.m. with defending champions Denbigh B taking on Glenmuir B. Six other games are scheduled, with the final game of day one set for 5:45 p.m. between Portland Cottage and Longsville Park.
The Senior League is set for a 2:15 p.m. start, featuring Team R of Mandeville against Denbigh A. Defending champions Jamalco bow into action at 3:25 p.m. against Holmwood A.
The senior games are played for an hour each, while the juniors play a 40 minutes. Sixteen teams are presently registered for either league. League director is Winston Nevers.
Manchester to start women's U20 competition
In an effort to kick-start a development program for women's football, the Manchester Football Association (MFA) will start a women's Under-20 league today at the Kirkvine Sports Club.
Five clubs are down to participate in a round robin format, with home and away games. They are Starz Academy from the Porus area, Mile Gully, Christiana Strikers, Alligator Pond and Comfort.
No sponsor has yet been declared, but some assistance has been procured from Power Services Limited.
The MFA president, Dalton Wint, defended the scaled down effort.
"The fact is this administration has tried to fulfil a promise to bring some life to women's football," he told The Gleaner.
He emphasised it was tough to organise the women's league.
"It has been tough, but it's better to start with something than have nothing while our ladies are gravitating to something else and the clubs are inactive. We are hoping we can use this to make an appeal to get sponsorship."
Mandeville to host shooting match
Competitive action returns to the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, when it hosts the May monthly match tomorrow at its Lincoln Range in Mandeville. This is the precursor to the second leg of the National Street Gun Championship, which is due next month.
Organisers have advertised eight exciting stages. Two practice shoots this week suggest that Orville Henriques, head of the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, is poised to win despite the emotional toll of having to bury his mother, Mavis Toban Simpson, last weekend in May Pen.
At Sunday's rumble, he knocked over a seven-man field, pushing the second-placed shooter to a mere 64 per cent of the winning score. At the club's midweek rumble, there was improvement from the five-man field, but Henriques still kept the second-placed shooter to 71 per cent.
Both practices suggest there will be a battle royal between the second tier shooters. Ellsworth Dixon shot closest to Henriques in the first shoot, marginally holding off Owen Campbell and Sue Ann Henriques. However, on Wednesday, Sue Ann rallied to edge Dixon.
At the bottom, smaller rivalries should create interest. Robert Lambert ensured that Desmond Prince hold on to the tailgate, but on Wednesday, Prince reversed the grab bag for last place. Joined by others tomorrow, the two will be at each other again.
The match is expected to begin at 11 a.m. but, the range will be open from 8:30 a.m. to accommodate early practice.