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Business House football finals at Winchester Park today
The curtain comes down on the 2016 KSAFA/Western Sports Business House football season today with the divisional finals at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 2 p.m.
In the division one final at 4 p.m., defending champions Petrojam will oppose the newly-crowned knockout champions, Carib Cement, who are seeking the double.
The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam advanced to the final following a 3-0 semi-final win at Winchester Park last Saturday over The Gleaner, who had beaten them 2-1 ten days earlier in their final round preliminary match.
Scoring for Petrojam were Fabian Reid, Kenneil Hyde and Atatharoy Bygrave.
Carib Cement, meanwhile, defeated Grace Kennedy 5-3 on penalties after both teams played to a 0-0 stalemate in regulation and extra time at Barbican playing field.
The division two final at 2 p.m. will see Xerox opposing Wisynco. Xerox beat ATL 2-0 in one semi-final at Barbican last Saturday, thanks to a brace from Christopher Campbell. And Wisynco defeated Transport Authority 3-1, with goals from Norman Bailey (two) and Kirk Newman in the 88th minute.
Giants stun Waterhouse United
Giants stunned previously unbeaten Waterhouse United in a 300-299 nailbiter, in last Sunday's round of matches in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) Premier League.
With the win, Giants stepped up to 17 points, while Waterhouse remained on 20.
The other previously unbeaten team left in the competition, Spit Fyah (20), were cut down 300-298 by Exceptional.
Braeton All Stars (24) kept their 100 percent win record intact as they whipped Vintage Pub 300-241. Braeton All Stars are the sole leaders of the competition.
In other games, Caribbean Classic outclassed Small Axe 300-235, Bull Bay United beat Memory Lane 300-284, International defeated Highlight Strikers 300-275 and Sour Sop Tree outlasted Naggo Head 300-297.
Junction win SDC T20 thriller
St Elizabeth’s Junction completed a thrilling victory over Whitehouse of Westmoreland in the final of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National Community T20 cricket competition at Noranda Sports Complex, St Ann, recently.
Shane Powell of Junction played a mature innings of 32 not out in guiding his team to victory in a game shortened by rain.
Whitehouse, sent in to bat, had their innings abruptly ended by rain after reaching 82 for three in 10.2 overs. West Indies player, Jermaine Blackwood (42) and Carson Ebanks (33) made most runs for Whitehouse.
Set a revised target of 65 from six overs, using the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method, Junction raced to 66 for five with three balls to spare. Hugh Blackwood took two for 19.
Old Harbour suffered only their second defeat of the season, going down to Kingston’s Melrose by 36 runs in the third place play-off.
Batting first, the Kingston team racked up 169 for seven from 20 overs, with Javel Glenn (59) top-scoring. Skipper Lascelles Davis bagged three for 33 for Old Harbour, while Rovman Powell, who starred in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League, took two for 26.
In reply, the St Catherine champions were bowled out at 133 in 19.4 overs, with Ramone Francis blasting 78. Francis did not get any real support, however, as Melrose’s Jahmoy Lawrence impressed with the ball, capturing five for 19.
Expect good performances in INSPORTS Portmore Primary sports
Some coaches believe that the 2016 season of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary schools football and netball competitions will see some good performances and a great deal of excitement.
One coach had this to say.
"I believe this year's football will be quite open as Waterford, the defending champs, are in a rebuilding stage, as most of their senior players are gone. I’m not too familiar with some of the teams, but I know for sure there will be some new faces to look forward to this year. Portsmouth, the third place team from last year, will be having 90 percent of their team and confident of doing great things. One problem is that their coach, Kevin Reid, is on vacation leave.”
Meanwhile, Portsmouth are the defending champions in netball and even though they will be missing a few players when the whistle blows for a new season, they are quite confident they can lift the crown for three years in a row.
Sheryl Wignall, the team's coach, said that three starters are back and another three reserves will also suit up this season.
"We set the foundation from last year and we will be going for the triple," she said.
Independence City Primary, last year's runner-up in the netball league, have a totally new team and are also rebuilding.
The schedule and format of the two sporting disciplines will be addressed at a meeting of coaches with INSPORTS on Wednesday, September 14 at Ascot Primary, starting at 10 o'clock.
Church Trends lift Andre Russell title
Oshane Edwards struck a 55-minute winner as Church Trends edged Hot Grabba 1-0 to lift the Andre Russell Eight-A-Side Football title at Port Esquivel recently.
A packed Port Esquivel Sport Club was treated to some fantastic football between the two first-time finalists, with very little separating the teams.
Five minutes from full-time, Edwards broke the deadlock by finishing off a quick counter-attack, in which Hot Grabba almost scored.
Meanwhile, in the play-off for third, Star Quality clipped Ghetto Warriors 4-3 on penalties.
Kenroy Webb’s 19th minute goal for Star Quality cancelled Ghetto Warriors’ early lead, which came courtesy of Gavin Lee’s 10th minute strike. Star Quality then held their nerves in the shoot-out, with Akeem McLean scoring the winning spot kick.
Ridgemount take Clarendon junior netball title
First-time finalists Ridgemount of Manchester won the 2016 Juici-Patties sponsored Clarendon Netball Association (CNA) Junior League title, after edging a vibrant Holmwood Technical B team 16-14.
The game was hosted at the Mineral Heights Complex instead of its customary home at the Juici-Patties headquarters at Clarendon Park, due to the Red Stripe Premier League football encounter between Jamalco and Portmore United.
The venue change mattered not in the end as the two teams produced an exciting final, with cheers ringing every moment of the 0-minute game.
The more experienced Ridgemount took a 3-0 lead, which eventually decided the contest.
Holmwood rallied to 3-2, before eventually leading 8-6. Ridgemount clawed their way back to hold the lead at half-time, before Holmwood again found the lead at 14-13. In the end, Ridgemount’s attacking pair of Jerisha "Pinky" Young and Algecia Jones made fewer mistakes to that of Holmwood's Chanice McKenley and Shadene Bartley.
Both teams were also part of history, being the first two invited teams to play in the final of a CNA league.
Juici-Patties fetes young 'ballers' today
Sponsors Juici-Patties will today fete the young footballers of St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon and St Catherine, who participated in the South Central Confederation Under-13 and Under-15 competitions.
The competitions were completed in August, with Manchester winning the -3 title and St Catherine winning the Under-15. Clarendon were runners-up in both competitions.
Today's ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m., will be hosted at the official dining lounge at the company's headquarters at Clarendon Park. The function takes the form of a dinner, with presentations of trophies and medals to the youngsters. It will also highlight Juici-Patties' sponsorship of these competitions for the last 30 years.
Peter Bunting Football League roundup
The Peter Bunting Football League, which is organised under the banner of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee, reconvened last weekend following a week's break to facilitate a number of local community event clashes.
Initially, action in football began in the Mandeville Division, but has since expanded to the nearby Knockpatrick Division. Defending champions and hosts Hanbury, who opened with a 3-0 shut-out of Mandeville United, won their second game with another convincing display against the Mandeville Police team, 4-1.
However, it was Knockpatrick who took the highlight of the weekend with the biggest margin of victory, hammering New Vision 6-0. The Inverness community team also recorded their first win in defeating neighbours Pear Tree 2-0. The final game of the round saw Mandeville United and Bonito Strikers battling to a 0-0 scoreline.
Matches continue tomorrow afternoon at the Hanbury community playing field, near the Winston Jones Highway.
Mandeville to host ‘US Nationals Send Off’
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) announces the hosting of its next competitive shooting match, dubbed the 'US Nationals Send Off', on Sunday September 18 at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.
The match is specifically designed as the appropriate practice for Jamaican shooters who will participate in the most gruelling practical shooting championship in the world, the US Nationals, which will be staged later this month.
Seven international stages will be featured, with a base target of 110 rounds. There will be trophies for first and second place finishers in each division. This match is open to all competitive shooters.
According to the organisers, refreshments and lunch will be on the house, but there is a small admission cost for fans to see the action.