In Your Neighbourhood
Coaches in Portmore and the corporate area were certified during a joint venture coaching course in softball/baseball by the Jamaica Baseball Association and the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association and Socana Elite, a Canadian-based coaching duo of Candice Stephens and Courtney Auger, at the Ascot Primary School in Portmore, recently.
Stephens is an international pitcher for Canada and she possesses seven variations of pitches, while Auger is an international batter and catcher for South Africa and is ranked 18th in World softball.
Both players suited up for Strathmore Magic, among other teams.
The coaches were given practical and theoretical assignments, including teaching skills and rules of the games to children and how to instill discipline and proper conduct for budding players.
Other information shared included setting up the batting line-up and field placements.
Naggo Head win INSPORTS
Naggo Head Primary were crowned Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Klayto Sutherland Portmore Primary Schools Netball Rally champion, after they defeated Portsmouth 2-0 in the final last Wednesday.
Naggo Head's Quacian Davis was named the competition's Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Waterford copped third place as they surprised Ascot Primary 3-1. Ascot looked good in the preliminary round as they notched up three straight wins. Ten schools contested the one-day event. The league commences on Wednesday, October 26.
At the end of the final on Wednesday, Andrea Hanson, INSPORTS' officer for Portmore, handed over the winning trophy to a jubilant Naggo Head team.
Edwards, Hamilton take George Lee Foundation 6KM
Showayne Edwards and Ackelia Hamilton won the respective male and female categories in the George Lee Foundation 6KM Road Race at the Portmore HEART Academy recently.
Hamilton won in 20 minutes and 22 seconds to beat Bridgeport High's 16-year-old athlete, David Thompson, who clocked 20 minutes and 42 seconds. St Catherine High's Romardo Huluzana placed third in 21 minutes, .01 second.
Hamilton, a student at St Catherine High, took the female section in 26 minutes, 24 seconds, while her schoolmate, Serena Douglas (26 minutes, 40 seconds), and Dana Thomas (27 minutes, 59 seconds) of Bridgeport High, placed second and third, respectively.
Mayor George Lee, who died three years ago, is the first elected mayor in Portmore. He played a major role in Portmore achieving municipal status.
The foundation, headed by Anita Lee, the former mayor's widow, has been coordinating the event alongside OnDiRun, a data-management organisation.
Proceeds of the road race will go towards scholarships for schoolchildren and a Senior Citizens Recreation Centre, two things the late mayor was passionate about.
Portmore Business House football kicks off
Three-time defending champions Cable Pro got off to a less than inspirational start to their season as they were held 0-0 by newcomers Konnexx in the Portmore Business House five-a-side football league at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head, Portmore, on Wednesday night.
During what was the official start of the season, Wisynco copped the best outfit award in the uniform parade.
Next week's games pit Network Plus versus Wisynco at 7:30 p.m., while the feature match at 8:30 p.m. will see Bridgeport Police battle Lasco Distributors. All games will be played at the Sunshine playing field.
Waterhouse United are mid-season champs
Waterhouse United staved off the challenge of Braeton All Stars to carve out a 20-point (300-280) victory over their arch-rivals in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League mid-season final at the Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road, St Andrew.
Earlier, in arguably the best match of the season, Waterhouse United shocked previously unbeaten Braeton All Stars 300-299 in a nail-biting countdown during the eighth round.
With the victory, Waterhouse gained additional bragging rights, a trophy, and a cash award.
Williamsfield, Pear Tree win Central Manchester titles
There were incentives galore as the finals of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee netball leagues for the fourth quarter were completed at the May Day High School last Sunday.
For the second year in a row, Williamsfield emerged as champions, defeating Bombay 22-20 in an exciting senior final, which was decided in the last two minutes of the game.
The junior final was decided in similar fashion, with Pear Tree taking the title after outlasting Albion 16-13.
Porus snapped up third place by defeating Broadleaf 22-17.
The prize was impressive, with Williamsfield collecting $60,000, a trophy and 10 medals. Bombay were left smiling with $40,000 for second place, while Police garnered $30,000.
Pear Tree collected $50,000 for the junior crown, with second-place Albion getting $30,000 and Porus pocketing $20,000.
The payout for the individual awards were similarly decent, with Williamsfield's Samantha Martin and Pear Tree's Sheena Ricketts each taking home $10,000 for being the respective senior and junior Most Valuable players.
The Most Disciplined team award, copped by Albion, yielded a $25,000.
GC Foster athlete tops Church Teachers College 5K
The quartet of Oshane Archibald, Kimara Austin, Jon Saleem Oliphant, and Natasha McKenzie were the top performers at the Church Teachers' College 5K Run/Walk held in Mandeville last weekend.
Archibald, representing GC Foster College, was first past the finish line in the 4600-metre run in a good 14 minutes and 29 seconds, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical schoolboy Obrien Frith. Daniel Glave (GC Foster), Ainsworth Daley (Knox), and Kajay Walker (GC Foster), respectively, rounded out the top five.
Kimara Austin of Spaldings High, who came in 24th overall at 19 minutes, 31 seconds, was the first-place female. Garrett Donald, who at age 11 was the youngest competitor, came in 30th overall at an impressive 20 minutes and 35 seconds.
Oliphant and McKenzie defended their titles in the male and female walk, respectively. Oliphant was timed in 29:40, while McKenzie, who was third overall, finished in a time of 34:23.
Mandeville sportscaster to be buried today
Mandeville-based journalist Paul Byfield, who covered sporting events in Manchester and St Elizabeth for the last 15 years, will be buried today following a church service starting 11 a.m. at the Pentecostal Church on Brumalia Road.
Byfield, who primarily worked as a correspondent for CVM TV, died two weeks ago at the age of 54 after battling colon cancer.
At a special get-together on Thursday night, Byfield's home in the community of Waltham was packed with persons from the sporting, business, and civil communities in Mandeville.
Retired sports administrator Pat Anderson, who is credited with introducing Byfield to the field of sports coverage when he handed him a tape of a popular road race in Mandeville around 2000, remembered his energy in covering sports.
"He was among the first on the list of invitees when planning a function as you felt that if he came, it would definitely be covered. I admired that about him," said Anderson.
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), through its president, Orville Henriques, also offered a tribute to Byfield's work and condolences to his family.
"Byfield was one of the first journalists to cover events at MRPC, so we remember him with much gratitude in helping to get shooting out at a time when people didn't believe in what we were trying to achieve," said Henriques.
"May his soul rest in peace, and I know it is a difficult time for his family, but I wish them the same energy and interest he had to succeed."
Women With a Purpose 5K Run/Walk
Treasure Beach and its environs will come alive today, starting with this morning's Women With A Purpose 5K Treasure Hunt Run/Walk event.
The Treasure Beach Women's Group is the chief organisers of the event, which seeks to bring awareness to breast cancer victims and former victims who have beaten the odds by surviving. The group is seeking to raise $3 million to fund their outreach services.
The event has got a tremendous boost, with the acquisition of sponsorship from German bra manufacturers Anita, who actually make a special line of bra that caters specifically to women who have had a mastectomy.
The race is set to start at 7 a.m., following which there will be an after-party, beginning at 6:30 p.m.