In Your Neighbourhood
Business House football semis today
The Division One and Two semi-finals in the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House football competitions are on today at two separate venues.
At Winchester Park, St George's College, defending champions Petrojam will oppose The Gleaner at 4 p.m. in the Division One semis, while in the first match of a double-header, Wisynco will meet Transport Authority at 2 p.m. in the Division Two semi-final.
Meanwhile, at the Barbican ground, Carib Cement and Grace Kennedy will face off in the other Division One semi-final, starting at 4 p.m., while beaten knockout finalists ATL will take on Xerox in the other Division Two semi-final match.
On Thursday at Winchester Park, Petrojam topped the Division One preliminary-round fixture with 27 points after blanking Scotiabank 2-0, thanks to a second-half brace by Andrew Christie, which ensured that former champions Scotia would not make it to the semis.
Significantly, Petrojam suffered their only defeat a week earlier, beaten 2-1 by The Gleaner with a double strike from former national under-17 player, Nicholas 'Cummy' Hamilton.
Both teams meet again today in what could be described as a grudge match, but the Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam, a star-studded aggregation, should start favourites by virtue of their outstanding record in this competition for the past five seasons.
Meanwhile, Carib Cement clipped Division Two campaigners ATL 1-0 in the Scotiabank-sponsored KO final at Winchester Park on Wednesday, thanks to a 51st minute penalty by Jabeur Johnson.
Clarendon netball finals tomorrow
Organisers, players and fans will hope for better weather this time to host the finals of the Juici-Patties sponsored Clarendon Netball Association Senior and Junior leagues tomorrow at Clarendon Park. Poor weather leading up to the afternoon forced the late postponement of the finals last week Sunday.
League director Winston Nevers confirmed to The Gleaner yesterday that all was in place to ensure the proceedings will take place as originally planned.
The day's schedule will begin with the respective junior and senior play-offs for third and fourth place, at 3 p.m.
The much-anticipated junior final between Holmwood Technical B team and parish mate Ridgemount will take place at 4 p.m. The senior final, featuring defending champions Jamalco and first-time finalists Team R will start at 5 p.m.
Unlike previous years, there will be no presentations on spot. Presentation of trophies, prize money and speeches will be held at a later date.
Much interest will surround the junior finals and especially on the form of the Holmwood Technical B team. No one anticipated their progress this far based on their results in the preliminary round. They were the last of the qualifiers to the knockout round, but have played outstandingly.
In the quarter-finals, they brilliantly overcame an 18-11 half-time deficit to defeat the first round bullies Hayes Super Stars team 29-27. Two weekends ago, they left the far more experienced Girls Strikers in tatters after leading them at the half-time break to eventually win 28-19.
Savannah are Jamalco Football League champions
Savannah were crowned 2016 champions of the Jamalco Football League after outlasting New Bowens 2-1 in the finals last weekend.
Andre Dawson, who is expected to be a starter in Jamalco's Red Stripe Premier League debut match against Portmore United at Juici-Park playing field tomorrow, provided the winner from a 76th free-kick, as the game ended 2-1.
Six minutes earlier, Eric Myles had provided the equaliser at 1-1 after Romaine HoSang had given Savannah an early eighth minute 1-0 lead.
Sunset, who were defeated by Savannah in the semi-finals, finished third ahead of Port.
Savannah's previous best finish in the competition was third place in 2013 and fourth place, last season. They scored 27 goals and conceded six. Dawson was their leading goalscorer with six.
Connections defend Porus/Western Union U15 title
Connections successfully defended their Porus/Western Union Under-15 title by getting the better of Galaxy 2-1 at the Porus Community Centrer last weekend.
It was Connections' third straight championship, creating for themselves a record. It was Galaxy's first time in a final.
The game could have gone either way as an inspired performance from the Clarendon visitors pushed the champions all the way. In the end, Galaxy kicked themselves in the foot after gifting an own goal.
Third place went to Villa, who easily blanked Tuff Gong 3-0.
Connections featured strongly in the awards ceremony that immediately followed. They produced the top goalkeeper in Christean Kirkpatrick, top midfielder, Neshawn Bennett, and most valuable boy, Nico Terry. Galaxy had two picks in Matt Ledford for top defender and Shemar Bartley top goalscorer. Christina Graham of Sporting Academy was adjudged the most valuable girl.
League director was Charmlyn Lewis.
Jamalco to debut in Premier League tomorrow
Five years after the idea was mooted by Michael Ricketts at a community football awards ceremony and immediately activated by then corporate relations manager, Leo Lambert, Jamalco will make their debut in the Red Stripe Premier League tomorrow.
Jamalco will open against Portmore United, last year's beaten finalist, and the team which denied them the chance at making this a reality two seasons ago in a South Central Confed playoff. They will have the credential of being the first community league winner to advance as an organised team to the country's highest tier.
The Jamalco team initially emerged from the use of players who represented community-based teams in the Jamalco Football League, which catered specifically for communities located within the aluminum mining operations.
Due to encouragement from Ricketts, Jamalco entered the Clarendon Division Two and at one shot were promoted to Division One. It took them just a year to win that title and make the transition to the Confed competition. After two championships and their second year of trying at the national play-offs, they succeeded earlier this year along with Maverley-Hughenden of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association.
Although they have the advantage of being adequately funded by a major bauxite company, Jamalco have opted to retain a large percentage of the players who have been part of their programme for the last three seasons. They are optimistic, but practically analysed, are likely to struggle in a league that has not been kind to newcomers. Rayon Johnson, who is untested at the Premier League, has been retained as coach.
Ewan Scott, who is the Jamalco Football League director, has since been made club President, while treasurer Radcliffe Love has the portfolio for financial affairs.
As part of their preparation, they played six 'official' games. Against Premier League opposition, they were beaten 2-1 by Humble Lion, lost 3-0 to Waterhouse and 3-1 to Harbour View. They were, however, convincing winners against the national Under-17 team and daCosta Cup campaigners Garvey Maceo and Spalding High.
Top-Notch Summer league round-up
The Top-Notch Summer football league ill come to a close tomorrow, with the final between Knockpatrick United and Sunset.
The league is hosted each Sunday at the Sunset playing field for teams in the Knockpatrick parish council division of Manchester.
Tomorrow's schedule begins at 2 p.m., with the third place play-off between Albion and Plouden, before the grand finale at 4 p.m.
In last weekend's semi-finals, Knockpatrick demolished Plouden 6-1, while Sunset beat Albion 2-1 in a replay of their final preliminary group match.
The final pits two teams which played together in the same preliminary zone, with Knockpatrick having the psychological advantage, having won that contest.
Power of Faith retains Church netball title
Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) retained their title after a pulsating 16-12 win over Equator Faith Mission in the final of the PFM Church Netball League at Power of Faith Ministries' sports complex, Lot 10C, Dawkins Drive, last Saturday.
The game was expected to be a shoot-out between the top two teams in the competition. However, mid-court and goal circle battles made the game go down to the wire.
Leading shooters for PFM were Debbie-ann Coghiel with nine goals from 14 attempts and Sophia March, with three goals from 11attempts. For Equator Faith Mission, Keysha Osbourne shot seven goals from 13 attempts and Onicia Brown netted five goals from eight attempts.
Spit Fyah, Braeton, Waterhouse stay perfect
Spit Fyah, Braeton All Stars and Waterhouse kept their unbeaten records intact after five round of matches in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League last Sunday.
Spit Fyah burned Soursop Tree 300-245 for their fifth win in a row, Waterhouse defeated Highlight Strikers 300-250 and Braeton All Stars stopped Naggo Head 300-288 to also register five wins in as many matches.
In other games, fourth place Caribbean Classic (16 points) whipped Vintage Pub 300-224; Exceptional International downed Memory Lane 300-250; International outlasted Mechanical Strikers 300-284; Jade Strikers cut down Small Axe 300-284; and Giants beat Right Stuff 300-293. The competition continues tomorrow.