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Jamalco top Clarendon netball again
Jamalco easily tallied their way to a 39-28 win over Hayes to land their 17th title in the Jamalco Open Netball tournament, run by the Clarendon Netball Association.
Jamalco led from the start, finishing the first quarter at 10-6 and maintaining this lead at 19-14 at the halfway mark. Hayes then tried a number of tactical changes but these merely extended the deficit, and it was clear by the end of the third quarter that Jamalco would continue to dominate competition at the parish level. While veteran Elaine Davis was not at her accurate best as goal shooter, she created enough obstacles for her younger and more acrobatic sidekick goal attack, Annakay Griffiths, to sneak in goal after goal. Versatile captain Samantha Mundle was also awesome coming through the middle.
Jamalco's domination is highlighted by the statistic that this was their 17th title in the 20 years of this competition. Three teams - Blazers, York Star and Windalco - have won it once, but they are all defunct now. Winston Nevers has been the Jamalco coach for all these years.
Holmwood Technical top consolation netball final
A feature of this year's Jamalco Open competition in Clarendon was the creation of a consolation final, which saw the losers from the quarter-finals and semi-finals playing in a mini tournament format to secure another two finalists.
Holmwood Technical obliged and showed tremendous athleticism to knock out Toll Gate before dismantling older opponents in Hayes B to take the cash incentive consolation final 37-21.
First, they dug deep to ensure they had a second crack by tying their semi-final against Toll Gate 16-16. They then emerged extra-time winners 20-19. Hayes had reached the final by toppling Team R.
However, they stepped up their game and showed their semi-final win was not a fluke. They led the first quarter 10-8 before slightly increasing it to 16-13 at the halfway mark. As Hayes tired, they increased the lead beyond recall to be firmly in charge at the end of the third quarter, leading 28-17.
They would not relent, finishing 37-21 as Hayes B ran out of steam. Goal shooter Shadine Bartley netted most for the Carlene Graham Powell-coached team.
Ricam win Pat Anderson U17
Ricam Academy showed their progress in the development of young players when they outlasted Porus 3-2 to cop the Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester Football Association U17 Competition.
Despite being favourites after playing unbeaten throughout the preliminary rounds and then completing a resounding 8-0 win in their semi-final against Starz Academy, they were made to fight all the way.
Porus FC, who had beaten Mile Gully 3-2 in their semi-finals, forced the champions on the back foot, surprising most on hand to score first through Nico Perry's 23rd minute strike. It was the tonic Ricam needed and Joel 'Scrappy' Bailey pulled them back in the game to net the equaliser in the 39th minute sending the game into a 1-1 half-time break.
Ricam's national U17 player Marlando Maxwell then sent his team's fans in seventh heaven when he scored in the 65th minute for a 2-1 lead. Porus' captain had other ideas and pulled the game level at 2-2 after scoring a scorcher in the 79th minute.
Extra time was needed to break the deadlock and Nickhari Campbell, a 15-year-old player, provided much more when he scored in the 98th minute to put Ricam up 3-2 and hand them the title.
Mandeville's Natasha McKenzie lands big walk win
Manchester's top female Natasha McKenzie shelled down a national field to win the female division of the 2017 Guardian Life's Keep it Alive 5k walk race in Kingston last weekend.
McKenzie finished 10th overall but first among females in a good time of 32 minutes 42 seconds. The win was significant as she beat into second place Paula Sinclair, the most consistent performer at walk events across the country. It was also sweet revenge for having to watch Sinclair's clean pair of heels in Mandeville earlier this year in the High Mountain 5k in Williamsfield, Manchester, McKenzie's home turf.
McKenzie's son Garrett Donald, who attends Christiana Leased Primary, was also part of the 5k run race highlights, finishing an impressive fourth in the Under-19 Male category from a field of 135 participants.
McKenzie's parishmate Jon Saleem Oliphant, so often the rural champion, was pushed down to seventh overall in 31 minutes, well behind walk race champion Duwell Allen, who clocked 26:08.
The Montego Bay leg of the event will be held today at 5:30 p.m.
16 teams down for Sharkies Seafood Futsal
It's finally here. Sharkies Seafood Restaurant, located in Runnaway Bay, St Ann, will tomorrow welcome 16 teams that will vie for Futsal title and prize monies worth over US$1,300.
Competitors are in with a chance to share US$1,300 in the Sharkies Futsal competition, which runs from June 4 to June 27. Sharkies Seafood establishment, the sponsors of the tournament, is located in RunnawayBay, St Ann.
There will be two matches per night, Tuesdays and Sundays. First place will pocket US$1,000, second place US$300, plus trophies and other prizes.
Henriques wins Mandeville's 'Spray as you May'
Orville Henriques overcame one of the the biggest fields ever assembled for a single shoot card in Mandeville to land the latest calendar event of the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, dubbed 'Spray as you May'. The event also doubled as the monthly match for May.
A whopping 28 shooters participated. The targets used were open and free of penalties as the main aim was to force shooters to go hard. There were six stages and a round count of 90. Henriques threw down the gauntlet early, winning the first two stages, one of which yielded the highest points of the match. He was relegated to fifth position on stage three but only at 96 per cent, but he was back on top, being fastest and best on stages four and five.
Alvin Amore kept him at 90 per cent on the final stage but the damage had been down from his domination on earlier stages. Henriques totalled 454 points, 42 more than second-place Greg Henry, with Owen Campbell just behind at 402 points and Lyle Swaby and Ellsworth Dixon rounding out the top five with 396 and 391 points, respectively.
Central Kiddies Marathon in Mandeville tomorrow
Primary and Prep schools in Central Jamaica will take part in the fourth staging of the 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k run for children tomorrow at the Mt St Joseph Prep School in Mandeville. The competition is the first of its kind for children between the ages of 7 and 12 years of age.
Last year's 5k event was dominated by newcomers Marlie Hill Primary School, which dethroned former winners Belair Prep. Host school Mt St Joseph Prep maintained its dominance of the shorter distances.
To boost participation, the organisers promoted a Banner Competition as a voice against the abuse of children.
Run-off time will be at 3 p.m and will be preceded by a warm-up at 2:30 p.m.
Independence City, Spanish Town score wins
Independence City and Spanish Town Primary scored easy wins in the latest round of the St Catherine Cricket Association Windalco Primary Cricket Competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval last Wednesday. Independence City won the feature match against St Catherine by 52 runs. Scores: Independence City 189-4 (20); Jaheem 'Clarksman' Johnson 73 not out, Rameish Dixon 25, Trinity Gordon, 2-39; St Catherine 137-6 (20). Javier Rattray 16. Jadon Johnson 3-10; Jaheem Johnson 2-16.
Spanish Town dispatched Port Henderson Primary by 64 runs in the opening game, as a top score of 76 from Mitton Luckane and 29 from Artini Edwards propelled Spanish Town to 200-3 and Port Henderson only made 136-7, as only Chevar McNaughton with 50 not out offered resistance from Luckane 3-22 and Tamera Jarrett 2-18.
On Tuesday, Independence play Spanish Town in a top-of-the-table clash.