In Your Neighbourhood
Jamalco fetes football and netball stars
Bauxite company Jamalco took time out to fete their footballers and netballers who have worn the company's name in various national and parish-related competitions in the just-concluded season. The function was held in the form of a luncheon and appreciation ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence, near the company's operations in Hayes, Clarendon, on Wednesday.
Among the main speakers at the function were Phillip Biggs, the senior community relations officer who chaired the programme; Clarendon FA President Michael Ricketts, who traced the history of the progress of Jamalco's football team in the parish competition; Corporate services manager Donna Marie Brooks-Gordon; and guest speaker Roy Simpson, manager of the senior Reggae Boyz team.
The netballers were recognised for their consistency and rich vein of championship trophies both in the parish and in national competitions. The footballers were highlighted for their historic qualification earlier this year to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Simpson commended Jamalco for their legacy of investing in the human resources, spanning multiple sports and community-based activities. As the highest tier office of the Jamalco management team present, Brooks-Gordon provided confidence that Jamalco will continue funding the football team as they prepare for the RSPL.
"You continue to make our company proud every year," said Brooks-Gordon, to loud cheers. "Don't be intimidated as you play in the Premier League. We are going to support you all the way."
Jamalco rebound in Clarendon Netball League
Defending Juici-Patties Senior League champions, Jamalco, rebounded from a shock preliminary-round loss to schoolgirl team Denbigh High to land a punishing 58-20 win over Hayes Supreme team, the previous leaders on points.
The win now affords Jamalco the chance to finish on top after the preliminary round, which would almost secure their passage to the finals as they would play the fourth-place qualifier.
Hayes Supreme have a slim chance of puncturing that goal, but they must score in excess of 60 goals in a big win over Team R of Mandeville when they meet tomorrow at Mineral Heights Sports Complex.
Tomorrow's focus will be on the Junior League, with the playing of the quarter-finals. The first game at 3 p.m. features the top team from the preliminary round, Hayes, against Holmwood B. Hayes have been unbeaten with seven wins, while Holmwood qualified after getting the points due to the no-show of Fogo High.
Other quarter-final games on are: Glenmuir vs May Day, Ridgemount vs Denbigh B, and Girls Strikers vs Hayes Synergy.
Teams gear up for quarter-finals
The quarter-finals in the 2016 Jamalco Football League will kick off today with two matches at the Wembley Centre of Excellence.
In the first match at 2 p.m., Sunset, who finished as the second qualifier from Zone Three, take on Bottom Halse Hall, the second-place qualifier from Zone Two. The final game at 4 p.m. sees Savannah, the top gun from Zone One, who are highly favoured to advance as they confront Railroad, the second of best third-place qualifiers to the quarter-final round.
There will be no games tomorrow, owing to Jamalco football team's participation in the Allien Whittaker Unity Cup, where they will play Red Stripe Premier League team Humble Lion.
The quarter-final round resumes on Monday, with New Bowens against Invincible. New Bowens enter this round as the top-place qualifier, having mounted the best statistics with four wins and a top goal differential of plus 10. Invincible got in as the second best third-place qualifier.
The round ends on Tuesday with perhaps two evenly matched teams in Port, the top qualifier from Zone Three, and Top Hill, who finished as the joint Zone One winner.
Top Notch Summer League quarter-finals
The quarter-finals of the Top Notch Summer Football League will begin tomorrow at the Sunset playing field, where the league has hosted matches each Sunday since its start in June. Two matches will be played, with the next two to be completed next weekend.
The first game at 2 p.m. features the top qualifier from Zone One, Plouden, against Generations, who finished as the final of four qualifiers from Zone Two. Interestingly, Generations defeated Plouden in a preseason practice game.
The second match at 4 p.m. features a good Central United line-up against Sunset Strikers. Central United finished just one point behind Zone One winners Plouden. Sunset, on the other hand, left it late to qualify, defeating Albion 2-1 in their final preliminary zone encounter.
Connections impress in Porus/Western Union U15
Defending champions Connections made it two wins in a row as the 2016 edition of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 football tournament continued last weekend at Porus Community Centre.
Connection defeated Star Zone 6-1 to bring their tally of goals to 16. Other teams to post wins were Tuff Gong and Galaxy. Tuff Gong could only defeat newcomers Litchfield 1-0, a team that was swamped 10-0 by the champions.
One of the most interesting games from last week's schedule featured an all-Clarendon match-up between Sporting Central and Galaxy. This game was competitive and ended 2-2. Quite interestingly, Galaxy went on to defeat Villa 3-0 on Wednesday, exacting revenge for their Clarendon counterparts, who had been beaten 2-0 by the same side.
No game will be played tomorrow, but the competition resumes on Tuesday with two games. Litchfield will play Star Zone, while Connection take on Settlement. On Wednesday, it will be Trinity vs Villa, while in the double-header on Thursday, Rising Stars will match strides against Galaxy and Tuff Gong tackle Settlement.
Rodwood, Cedar Grove final
Rodwood and Cedar Grove Estate earned the right to meet in the final of the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore Under-17 football league to be held tomorrow at Cedar Grove, starting at 3 p.m.
Rodwood qualified from last Sunday after they clipped Southborough 2-1 in one semi-final, while Cedar Grove got past Racing United 3-1 on Thursday.
Rushane Wallace, Shawn-D Thompson and Giovaughnie Gray scored for Cedar Grove. The match was originally played last Sunday, as Cedar Grove led 2-0, but with 44 minutes left in the game, rain and lightning forced officials to discontinue the game.
The game continued from where it ended, as Cedar Grove came out on top. Rodwood won the team's only meeting 1-0 this season, but this being the final the stakes are much higher.
Cedar Grove have already won the Portmore Football League Division Two title.
Old Harbour hunt third title in SDC cricket
Old Harbour from St Catherine, the 2011 and 2012 champions, will take on Junction of St Elizabeth in the opening semi-final game of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National Twenty20 Community Cricket competition, which begins at 10 a.m. at Ultimate Cricket Ground, St Ann.
Defending champions Whitehouse of Westmoreland will play Melrose of Kingston in the other semi-final, starting at 2 p.m.
Old Harbour's semi-final berth came via the boardroom. Greater Portmore, who defeated them by five wickets on the field of play, were deemed to have used three elite players instead of the maximum of two.
Old Harbour have never lost a semi-final game. They have been to three finals, winning two.
PFM netball quarter-finals continue today
The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Netball League continues this afternoon with quarter-final games. At 3:40, Power of Faith take on Greater Portmore Open Bible and at 4:30, Faith Temple New Testament play Power of Faith of St Thomas.
In a quarter-final game last week, Equator Faith Mission defeated Elim Open Bible 19-6. Goal attack Keysha Osbourne led the victors with 10 goals from 16 attempts, and goalshooter Onecia Brown scored the other nine goals from 17 attempts. For Elim, Marsha Austin-Daley scored four goals from 10 attempts, and Kimberly Simmonds two goals from 6 shots.
Andre Russell eight-a-side football
Star Quality kept their nerves as they booted highly fancied Hammer and Nail 3-1 on penalties in quarter-final action from the AndrÈ Russell Eight-A-Side football competition at Port Esquivel Sport Club in St Catherine recently.
Devon Powell's late strike in the 58th minute for Hammer and Nail cancelled out Star Quality's Owayne Gonzalez's early first-half goal to take the game into extra time and subsequent penalties. However, Jason Grant and Glenroy Levy of Hammer and Nail missed during the ensuing shoot-out, an advantage Star Quality made full use of.
Joining Star Quality in the semi-finals are World XI, Hot Grabba and Ghetto Warriors.
Hot Grabba were most impressive, crushing Black Star 5-0, with Javaughn Mendez scoring a hat-trick. Lavaughn Williams opened the scoring in the first minute of play, while Mendez doubled the lead after eight minutes. Omando Wright added a third within seconds on the resumption, before Mendez scored twice in six minutes to complete the rout.
Church Trends showed great mental strength to come from behind and beat World XI 2-1. Kevin Scott's own goal in the 11th minute gave World XI the lead. However, goals from Marlon Swaby and Roshane Smith ensured Church Trends reached the last four.