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Manchester U-13 final today
The penultimate youth competition of the Manchester FA 2016/17 season will come to a close today with the playing of both the semi-finals and final of the Under-13 competition.
Mount Saint Joseph Prep on Manchester Road will be the venue and the day's action features the semi-finals starting at 10 a.m. with Comfort vs Alligator Pond followed by Starz Academy against Mile Gully at 11:30 a.m.
In earlier youth finals Ricam took the Under-17 title and May Day Academy won the Under 15 competition.
Manchester FA lauds Captain Burrell
The Manchester FA has publicly extended its appreciation for the life of Captain Horace Burrell and particularly for the role he played in the programmes of the Manchester Football Association.
In a release from its president, Dalton Wint, the association said it was heavily indebted to Captain Burrell in tangible ways.
"He was the initiator of the deal 13 years ago when Captain's Bakery & Grill Right took over our main competition the Major League. He filled a big gap when we were desperate for sponsorship and his company has stayed with us even as joint sponsor. Each passing year, he's one sponsor that we can be assured of as we plan the activities of each year."
Wint said Burrell was a close friend of Manchester, and hence it was no secret that the association gave him the vote to support his tenure in leadership at the Jamaica Football Federation. Even at the annual awards ceremony, patrons look forward to the provision of Captain's Bakery & Grill products that are offered for free on that occasion.
"We know he means a lot to others also, but we believe our relationship with him was special and he stood ready to process the association's needs. We will miss his commitment to the development of grass roots football."
Manchester road race walker now tops in Jamaica
Manchester's top female walker Natasha McKenzie confirmed that she was the best in the island on current form after landing the Everyone's a winner/Best Dressed Chicken 5K walk at Hope Gardens in Kingston last weekend.
McKenzie, a physical education teacher at Holmwood Technical, blitzed a strong field to finish in her best time of 31 minutes 34 seconds. Left in her wake were Paula Sinclair (33:01) and Catherine Stewart (34:34) representing Bank of Jamaica. Patricia Grant of NCU 91 FM, was fourth in 34:58. NCU 91 FM emerged the top team.
McKenzie's win was her third straight at a major road race. She has already won both the Kingston and Montego Bay legs of the Guardian Life Keep It Alive 5K series earlier this month. It was also the second time she was beating the once dominant Sinclair this season.
Manchester Women's Under-20 under way
The Manchester Football Association (MFA) has announced the start of a MFA Women's Under-20 competition with matches to be played at the Kirkvine Sports Complex.
Four teams will compete, namely, Holmwood Technical Strikers, Starz Academy, Mile Gully FC and Belair Academy.
The opening set of matches will see Holmwood Technical Strikers vs Belair Academy and Mile Gully FC vs Starz Academy.