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Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Captain of the Manchester Under-13 football team Shane Buckle (right) accepts the tranche of Juici-Patties-sponsored match balls for his team from St Catherine FA president Peter Reid (left) and Dalton Wint (second left), during the opening presentation of the South Central Confederation Youth Football competition last Saturday. Also sharing in the occasion is Kemoy Slowly, representing the Manchester Under-15 football team.

Spicy Hill off to flying start in Duncans

Spicy Hill Youth got the defence of their 2015 Duncans Summer League football competition off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over East at the Silver Sands playing field last Sunday in Trelawny.

Nathaniel Campbell and Jermaine Cato struck for the victors, while Odane Gallimore slotted a penalty home for East.

This weekend's action begins today with Hill 60 taking on Logwood Walk at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, last year's runner-up, Masters, will do battle with PZ, also at 4 p.m. Seven sides have entered the competition and it will continue with Sunday double-headers after this weekend.


BH 3-on-3 basketball starts on Monday

The 2016 three-on-three Business House basketball competition gets under way on Monday at the Stadium Courts with the opening ceremony and dress parade, starting at 5 p.m.

There are 25 participating teams - 13 in division one and 12 in division two. National Housing Trust are the defending division one champions.

Bank of Jamaica, one of the highly touted teams for top honours in division one, topped the opening rally at the Stadium Courts last Saturday, easily disposing of Seprod in the final, this, after putting away NHT in the semis. Among the teams in division one are NHT, Guardsman, former champions Grace Canning, and The Gleaner.


The Gleaner-RJR, Sagicor in exciting 4-4 draw

Thanks to three goals from former national under-20 player Ryan Miller, The Gleaner-RJR team played to an exciting 4-4 draw with Sagicor in their fourth-round KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one football match at Winchester Park on Wednesday.

Miller, the former St George's College Manning Cup standout, opened the scoring in the 5th minute. However, Sagicor found their rhythm and scored three goals in the first half to lead 3-1 at the interval.

The Gleaner-RJR team fought back strongly in the second-half, however, with Miller netting two more goals and another former national under-20 player, Oshane Jenkins, ensuing that their team would share the points with Sagicor, for whom Paul Cunningham scored two goals, with Ajani Spencer and Rohan Daley netting one each.


Jamalco continue Senior League netball march

Defending champions Jamalco notched their third straight win in the Clarendon Netball Association/Juici-Patties Senior League, defeating arch-rivals Cable Pro 54-40. It was also their third score over 50, having achieved the same in wins over Holmwood and Team R, both of Manchester.

Last round's results were interesting, however, because of the junior matches. Glenmuir High A were ruthless against the C team parish-mates, Denbigh, whipping them 50-5. Central High outscored Fogo Road High 25-20, while Denbigh B had better fortunes, stopping Portland Cottage 27-18.

Glenmuir B team were humbled 30-13 by Girls Strikers, who then lost a close 26-25 battle to visiting May Day High of Manchester.

The competition continues tomorrow at The Mineral Heights Sports Complex, starting at 2 p.m. Only one senior game is scheduled: Hayes Supreme vs Denbigh A.


Manchester, St Catherine lead Confed Youth League

Manchester sit unusually atop the standings of the Juici-Patties sponsored South Central under-13 football competition, following victories in their two first matches.

Last week, they surprised many with their sweetest victory in years when they whipped defending champions St Catherine 2-0 in the under 13 action at Clarendon Park, the home of sponsors Juici-Patties.

Leading the way was captain Shane Buckle, who now attends Jamaica College and who netted the first goal. The second goal was scored by Jarmin Hamm.

Manchester's second win came against St Elizabeth midweek in Santa Cruz. No other team is yet to gain a win in the under-13 segment as both the Clarendon vs St Elizabeth and St Catherine vs Clarendon games ended in scoreless draws.

Manchester have, however, struggled in the under-15 competition, where St Catherine lead, and the other parishes have scored at least one win.

St Catherine blew away Manchester 4-0 on the opening day, with Clarendon topping St Elizabeth 2-0. St Catherine have since earned a second victory, beating Clarendon 2-1, while St Elizabeth earned their first win, defeating Manchester 2-1.

The competition continues today with Manchester hosting Clarendon and St Elizabeth welcoming St Catherine.


Plowden ambush champions in Top Notch League

Plowden FC created the main highlight in last weekend's third round of the Top Notch Summer Football League when they defeated defending champions Mandeville United 2-1 in the final game of the afternoon. The game was locked 1-1 before Douglas Dixon scored the winning goal.

There was no action in the afternoon's first scheduled encounter as Sinclair FC got three valuable points when Classic Academy did not show. The second match, however, saw Central United defeating Old England 2-1. The third match provided the most goals of the afternoon as Generation United squandered the lead twice to draw 2-2 with Albion United.

With four teams from two zones to make the cut into the second round, this week's schedule should provide the first serious outlook on the possible challengers.

Games are played at the Sunset playing field, starting at 11 a.m.

Matches on are Sunset Striker vs Knockpatrick United, Old England vs United Hearts, Central United vs Providence United, and Sinclair vs Generation United.


Street Gun Championship in Mandeville

The second leg of the National Street Gun Championship takes centre stage in Mandeville tomorrow at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club tomorrow, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Street Gun Championship is consistently the most anticipated pistol-shooting contest hosted at the range for a variety of reasons. Professional shooters enter with no additional advantages other than their shooting skill as no carry-on rigs are allowed. More significantly, there is an important condition that the only firearm admitted is the regular 9mm that the Firearm Licensing Authority authorises for every usage.

The stages are always unpredictable and exciting since they are based purely on scenarios in everyday Jamaican settings.

The tournament will also feature the return of the man-to-steel competition, which is open to all firearm holders regardless of experience.

The championship is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. However, the range will be open at 8:30 a.m. to facilitate early practice. There is also an admission charge, but there will be free refreshment and dinner.


Jamalco Football League roundup

The zones have begun to take shape in the Jamalco Football League following play last weekend. Top Hill's 3-3 draw against Savannah has made them the Zone One leaders for the second straight week. A positive result in their clash today against second-place Raymond's is likely seal their passage to the second round.

Also making second-round cases were Bottom Halse Hall, who defeated Hunts Pen 3-1; Rail Road, who edged Harmons 1-0; and New Bowens, who blanked Top Halse Hall 2-0.

When the league is resumed today, Juventus must win against Rail Road to improve their chances of making the cut.

Either of Napoli and Hunts Pen will be eliminated regardless of the result, while Savannah must win against Wembley.


Defending champions PFM win opener

Defending champions Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) won their opening game in a double-header of the Power of Faith Ministries Church Netball League after defeating Faith Temple New Testament 26-10 at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive.

Chief scorer Debbie Coghiel shot 16 from 18 attempts, and Melonie Bailey scored 10 from 14 attempts.

In the curtain-raiser, Equator Faith Mission defeated Power of Faith St Thomas 31-1, with leading scorer Keisha Osbourne scoring 21 from 38 attempts and Onicia Brown 10 from 14.

Games to be played this afternoon: PFM vs Elim Open Bible at 3:05 p.m. and at 4 p.m., Equator Faith Mission vs Greater Portmore Open Bible.

The league was formed to foster good relations between brothers and sisters from different denominations and also to envangelise to non-believers.


Rodwood wins two straight in Pines Imaging U17

Rodwood seperated themselves from the pack in Zone A of the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore under-17 football league after they surprised Cumberland 3-1 to be on six points from two games as they notched a second win. Cumberland (three points) came in the game on a high after they swamped Waterford 9-1.

In other games in the zone, Caymanas blanked Edgewater 4-0, and Cedar Grove defeated Naggo Head 3-1. In Zone B, Southborough had the biggest shock in the competition as they clipped former champions Portmore United 2-1. Portmore reportedly used only nine players for the match.

In other results, Three West thumped Westchester 5-0, and East Portmore Portals outshot Braeton United 6-2.


Portmore/St Catherine Domino presentation

The curtains will come down on the 2016 Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore/St Catherine Domino final with an awards presentation at Ken's Wildflower Restaurant & Bar on Sunday, July 31. Start time 5 p.m.

Veteran club Fort International defeated Right Stuff 300-214 in the division one final played recently at Caymanas Track Limited. Meanwhile, Correctional Services Domino Club cut down Soursop Tree 300-278 in the final to cop the division two title.


Edgewater, Portmore final

Defending champions Edgewater will square off against nemesis Portmore United in the final of the Portmore under-15 league, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson, after semi-final victories. Edgewater clipped Three West 1-0, while Portmore United eliminated East Portmore Portals 2-0.

The final will be played at a date to be announced.