In Your Neighbourhood
INSPORTS to host football coaching clinics and seminars islandwide
Some 14,500 unattached youth from communities across the island now stand to benefit from extensive football coaching clinics and seminars that will be hosted by the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) to be held within their communities.
These seminars will be geared towards developing the fundamentals in techniques regarding the disciplines of football. Areas to be looked at include rules and regulations governing the laws of the game.
This need was extrapolated from the All-Island INSPORTS Community Football League presently on in Portland, where officials from the agency reported their observations that while commendable skills exist among the players in most communities, a significant number of players lack the fundamentals of the game.
Further to this, INSPORTS sees urgent need to increase its efforts to have more coaching seminars towards the development of the sport of football at the primary school and community levels.
This is also in keeping with the renewed thrust Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange promulgated regarding the increase in the attention towards sports development at the community level.
Quarter-final action in church league
Quarter-final action begins today in the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Netball League with one game at 10 a.m., featuring Open Bible against last year’s finalist, Equator Faith Mission. The game will be played at The PFM sports complex.
Last week, Equator Faith Mission defeated Greater Portmore Open Bible 41-2 in a lopsided game, as leading shooter Onicia Brown shot 27 goals from 42 attempts and Keysha Osbourne supported with 15 goals from 25 attempts. For Greater Portmore, Bianca Brown scored two goals from five attempts.
INSPORTS St Catherine Central Community football
Genoside, Lizard Town, Irish Pen and Golden Acres all registered wins on the opening day of the INSPORTS St Catherine Central Community Football League at the Golden Acres community playing field last Sunday.
The competition, officially declared open by Member of Parliament Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, saw Genoside registering the biggest margin of victory, mauling Lion Youth 6-0.
Lizard Town were also impressive, crushing Wynter’s United 5-1, Irish Pen clipped French Street 2-1, while Golden Acres beat Humble Strikers 2-0.
Twenty teams will compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, with a whopping $100,000 going to the champions.
Teams are drawn in four groups of five, with the top two advancing to the quarter-final round, which will be played on a knockout basis.
The competition is slated to culminate on September 18. Matches will be played on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Clarendon netball league resumes tomorrow
The Juici-Patties Clarendon Senior and Junior Leagues will resume tomorrow at the Mineral Heights Sports Complex following a one-week break due to the Emancipation weekend holidays. Action starts at 2 p.m.
Most interest will surround the Senior League clash between form team Hayes Supreme and the wounded veterans, Jamalco.
Hayes Supreme are unbeaten in preliminary group play, while defending champions Jamalco suffered a rare loss to schoolgirl team Denbigh A at the competition break. However, Hayes, having a much larger goal count at this stage, even a loss to Jamalco, would not hurt their chance of topping the preliminary round. They would have the advantage of playing the weakest qualifier to the semi-final stage.
Preliminary round action in the junior division will close tomorrow, but already seven of the eight quarter-finalists have been determined. They are Ridgemount, who have won four games, Glenmuir A with four wins, Hayes Synergy with three wins, Denbigh B with five victories, Hayes Super Stars (five), May Day (four) and Girls Strikers (four).
Quarter-final charge on in JFL
The chase is on in earnest to find four more teams for the quarter-finals, with eight matches left in the preliminary phase of the 2016 Jamalco Football League (JFL) to be completed over the next two weekends.
Four teams – Savannah, Top Hill, New Bowens and Port – have already booked their places. Both New Bowens and Port are yet to draw or taste defeat in group action so far.
In Zone One, Savannah lead the zone with 10 points, but there is a mathematical chance that Top Hill could end up winners if they beat struggling Wembley this weekend by eight or more goals.
New Bowens are safely through to the quarter-finals from Zone Two, but there is a chance this zone could produce one of the designated best third-place spots with three teams – Napoli, Top Halse Hall and Bottom Halse Hall – the key contenders.
From Zone Three, Port announced themselves as possible favourites to go all the way having won all four preliminary matches. There exists a keen tussle between Sunset and Railroad for the runner-up slot, with the latter favoured if they can win or avoid defeat against Harmons.
The 2016 edition has produced 92 goals so far, an excellent spectator-pulling average of four goals per match. The top goalscorers are headed by National Premier League players Levaughn Williams (eight) and Andrew Isaacs (five), with Maxwell Patrick also scoring five.
Top Notch Summer League round-up
The final set of preliminary games will be played tomorrow in the Top Notch Summer League football competition, which is hosted each Sunday at the Sunset playing field for teams in the Knockpatrick parish council division of Manchester.
The four qualifying spots for the second round from Zone One have already been determined, while there is just one outstanding spot from Zone Two. Earlier this week, the competition committee ruled that current zone leaders Sinclair used an unregistered player in a 2-2 draw against Generations. The latter, who were struggling to qualify for the second round, have now done so, having been given the full points and a three-goal advantage.
It is Generation’s luck that has now thrown interest in the clash between Albion and Sunset tomorrow. The two are on five points. Albion, however, enter the match with a much better goal difference, hence they would go through in event of a drawn result.
Also of interest is whether Sinclair or the star-studded Knockpatrick will emerge zone winners when the two meet in a top-of-the-table clash. With their National Premier League stars missing last weekend, Knockpatrick were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunset.
Porus-Western Union U15 football
The 2016 edition of the Porus Under-15 football tournament, which is primarily sponsored by Western Union, kicked off last Sunday at the Porus Community Centre.
As usual, the tournament was ushered in by a dress parade of the 10 participating teams and an opening ceremony. The afternoon also featured a double-header. In the first game, Villa United, winners of the Manchester Under-15 League, defeated Sporting Academy 1-0. The second game featured defending champions Connection and newcomers Litchfield Youth. The champions showed no mercy, winning a lopsided contest 10-0. Nico Terry preened himself by scoring four goals.
No games were played on Tuesday due to the tropical storm watch over the island. On Wednesday, only one game was played between Sporting Academy and Rising Stars. Sporting Academy rebounded from Sunday’s loss with a 2-0 win.
The competition continues tomorrow with a double-header at Porus Community Centre. At 3:30 p.m., it will be Rising Stars versus Trinity, and at 5 p.m., Galaxy versus Sporting.