In Your Neighbourhood
McAuley Primary wins Insports Under-nine football rally
Goals by the competition's leading scorer, Kyle Campbell, (five goals) and Kevario White led invited team McAuley Primary from Spanish Town to a 2-0 win over Waterford Primary to snatch the inaugural Institute of Sports (Insports) Under-nine football rally at the Portsmouth Primary School recently. The team is coached by Shane Richards.
In semi-final action, Waterford depended on a goal by grade one student Jahmarie Nolan to edge Portsmouth 1-0, while McAuley depended on penalties to boot Gregory Park 3-1 in the shoot-out after both teams were locked 1-1 after the regulation period.
Fort International, Right Stuff final
Fort International earned the right to play Right Stuff in the division one final of the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore/St Catherine League after easy semi-final wins.
Fort whipped Eradication 300-228, while Right Stuff forced Felluchie Strikers to 'throw-in the towel' in a big 300-210 win. The final will be played on Sunday, July 3, at a venue to be announced.
Meanwhile, in division two, Correctional Services and Soursop Tree advanced to the final. Correctional Services beat Highlight Strikers 300-231, while Naggo Head were eliminated 300-283 by Soursop Tree. The division two final is scheduled for tomorrow at the Garveymeade Sports Club, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Edgewater clip Three West 1-0
Defending champions Edgewater clipped Three West FC 1-0 as action continued in the Fitz Jackson-sponsored Portmore Under-15 football league last Sunday. With the win, Edgewater maintained second place on 10 points.
In other games, third-place East Portmore Portals (six points) drew 0-0 with last-place Daytona (one point), while Southborough (four points) ended 1-1 with Westport (two points). Matches on tomorrow are Leaders Portmore United (12 points) vs Daytona, and Westport vs Edgewater.
Waterford Infant advance to Insports semi-finals
Defending champions Waterford Infant carved out a 1-0 quarter-final win over Waterford Development Basic to advance to the semi-final of the Institute of Sports Little League football competition at the Ferdie Neita Park Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Jaquan Stewart scored the all-important goal in the 23rd minute for Waterford Infant.
In other games, Naggo Head defeated Sabina 2-0, Greater Portmore edged Silverstone 1-0, while Harvest Temple eliminated Gregory Park 3-2 on penalties after both schools were locked 0-0 in full and extra-time.
Insports to donate baseball equipment to 20 primary schools
Twenty primary-level institutions are to receive baseball equipment courtesy of the Institute of Sports (Insports).
The ceremony was slated to be held earlier this week but was postponed due to a fire at the state agency's National Arena headquarters.
The initiative forms part of the agency's continued thrust to entrench the popular North American sport in schools' curriculum and at the grass-roots level.
The recipients, who are from the Corporate Area and St Catherine, are expected to use the equipment to continue their development programmes, which will see each team participating in a championship tournament in 2017.
Selected schools are Allman Town, St Richard's, New Providence, Greenwich Farm, Emmanuel Baptist Prep, Pembroke Hall, Tavares Gardens, Maverley Primary and Junior High, Shortwood Practising, Mona, Homestead, Tredegar Park, St John's, McAuley, Waterford, Victoria, Naggo Head, Portsmouth, Independence City, and Horizon Park.
Jamalco take lead in Juici Patties/Clarendon League
Despite playing without a few of their stars, defending champions Jamalco began their 2016 campaign in the Clarendon Netball Association/Juici-Patties Senior League in a ruthless manner, schooling Holmwood A 53-30 at the Mineral Heights Sports Complex last weekend.
In the hour-long game, Jamalco asserted themselves early, winning the first quarter 15-8 before opening up to lead 27-15 at the halfway mark and then 38-24 at the end of the third quarter.
The most exciting match on the opening day came between guests Team R of Mandeville and Denbigh A. In the end, Team R got home 40-39, but the final score could not have been predictable at the end of the third quarter. It was a ding dong battle for the first two quarters, with Team R leading 11-9 and then 20-18 at half-time.
Denbigh were then blown away in the third quarter as Team R opened up a huge gap to lead 36-26. However, in a remarkable turn of events in the final quarter, they outscored Team R 13-4 to narrowly lose at the final whistle.
In the two Junior League games played, Holmwood B easily outscored Central High 32-20 after leading 18-7 at half-time, while Girls Strikers got the better of Manchester-based May Day High 28-17. Portland Cottage were given the points after Longsville Park failed to show, while Hayes Synergy were similarly awarded for the no-show of Scott's Pass.
Action in both leagues continues tomorrow at the same venue, starting at 1:15 p.m.
Christiana start well in MFA women's U20
The Manchester Football Association (MFA) kicked off its under-20 women's football competition last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Complex. Four games were played.
The first game saw Mile Gully registering a 3-1 win over Comfort. The chief player for Mile Gully was Alicia Smith, who scored two goals (ninth, 50th minute). The scoreline did not fully reflect the passage of play as it was Comfort who contributed to their downfall. After pulling back level 1-1 through Mileak Stone's beautiful strike in the 28th minute, Comfort hurt their cause with an own goal in the 41st minute as they fell behind 2-1.
The second game produced a goal fest and was a one-sided affair as Christiana Academy swamped Starz Academy 8-0.
It was 7-0 by the half-time break as Shadane Reid netted two of her three goals, Peta-gay Dixon knocked in a brace, similarly Dominique Maxwell. The first goal of the match came from the boots of Megan Sanchez in the 10th minute.
Starz Academy would, however, rebound in their second game of the day, tagging Comfort 2-0. Shanice Scott (13th) and Nashalee Powell (16th) were the scorers.
Christiana Academy then showed they were the dominant team on the day as they recorded a 3-0 win over Mile Gully FC. Again, the trio of Reid and Sanchez were the scorers.
Henriques lands Father's Day shoot-off
Orville Henriques predictably won the annual Father's Day shoot held at the headquarters for professional and competitive pistol shooting in Mandeville - the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, at Lincoln range.
Henriques, who is ranked number three in Jamaica, won on a canter, securing the maximum 610 points after winning all six stages. The expected competition for second place did not materialise as female shooter Sue-Ann Henriques distanced herself from the field, securing 463 points. Her finish was 45 points better than third- place Ellsworth Dixon, who narrowly warded off Owen Campbell and Thomas Jones, respectively, for the next two places.
The surprise performance came in eighth place, where little-known Lyle Swaby shot at 47 per cent to mine nearly 300 points.
The next scheduled event will be the second leg of the National Street Gun Championship.