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In Your Neighbourhood

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 7:00 AM
Jamaica's Sakima Mullings (right) punishing Canada's Phil against the ropes during the Wray and Nephew Contender Finals held at the Mico University College in Kingston on Wednesday night. Mullings scored a sixth-round technical knockout win.

Zone One heats up in Top Notch Summer league

The Zone One challenge to find four qualifiers to the second round will be the highlight of this weekend's round in the Top Notch Blocks Summer Football League. All matches are played at the Sunset playfield in Knockpatrick, Mandeville.

Pro Hardware appear a safe bet after leading the zone with nine points from three games and have two games in hand. They will play Old England in tomorrow's first game. Old England have five points from three games but need to avoid defeat tomorrow to stay in the hunt. Generation United have six points from three games and will play Cedar Groove in Game Two tomorrow.

Cedar Grove, who have just a single point from three games, must win to stay alive. Albion have completed their five games, and with only four points, must hope other results fall in their favour.

 

Henriques wins Street Gun Championship

 

Orville Henriques reigned supreme again in last weekend's second leg of the National Street Gun Championship series at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, copping the top award against the rising young gun Lyle Swaby.

Thirteen competitors took place in the pistol challenge, where licensed firearm holders focused on scoring points from stages that mimic typical Jamaican danger shooting scenarios. Only regular carry on weapons were allowed as well as no additional rigs.

Henriques tallied 456 points to win ahead of Swaby (411), who was having his best finish at a major tournament. These two were far ahead of third-place female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who mined 318 points. Evan Grant and Alvin Amore, who both got 309 points, rounded out the top five. AndrÈ Parnell was a huge surprise at sixth at 250 points and 54 per cent, his highest returns in a major tournament.

 

Belair Boys win in Georges Valley Corner League

 

Belair Boys recorded their first win in the Georges Valley Corner league on Thursday, edging the deCarteret College daCosta Cup squad in training 3-2. Belair Boys had lost their first game, going down 0-1 to Central United, while the deCarteret squad had drawn 1-1 with Beleritiro. These four teams are in Zone Four, from which two teams will qualify for the knockout phase.

Samacan Youths are the clear leaders in Zone Three on four points after drawing with Fredrick Peace 1-1 and hammering Quest Security 4-1. Quest have three points from their 3-2 win over Samacan Masters.

Zone Two has only seen two matches to date, with Central United humiliating New Hall 11-1 and Berwick Town and Sinclair Avenue drawing 1-1.

Hope Village grab the headline in Zone One with a perfect six points from two games. They have so far beaten Mandeville United 2-0 and Villa United 2-0. Villa United has a 2-1 win over Red Square.

The two matches on today are part of a double header at the DC ground, where Central United takes on Berwick Town in Zone Two at 1:30 p.m., and at 4 p.m., featuring the Zone Three clash between Fredrick Peace and Samacan Masters.

 

 

Western Union Porus Under-15 kicks off

 

The 2017 edition of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 league kicks off tomorrow at the Porus Community Centre.

As per tradition, the competition kicks off with an opening ceremony and the parading of the 10 competing teams.

Action on the field of play will start with a double header, which kicks off at 3 p.m. The first game features Genius and Galaxy before the defending champions, Connection, take the field at around 4:30 against newcomers Los Perfectos Academy.

Games will also be played on Monday, July 31, featuring a double header starting at 3:30 p.m. with Villa United against Sporting Academy, and at 5 p.m former champions Tuff Gong oppose Rising Stars. Double headers are also scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, and Thursday, August 3.

 

Over 40 prospects for Portsmouth Youth Club

 

There was a good response to the call by executives at the launch of the Portsmouth Youth last Saturday. The launch, which took place at the Portsmouth Community Centre, Portmore, saw over 40 youth showing interest in what the club has to offer.

"The meeting was fruitful. We had over 40 young people showing interest in our programme," said club executive Kevin Reid, who is also the head of sports at the Portsmouth Primary school.

The launch will be at the Portsmouth Community Centre and starts at 6 p.m.

The youth club will have emphasis on sports and recreation. The clubbites will also be engaged in arts and culture, education, and security.

"Our main focus is sports, recreation, education, arts and culture, and security," said Reid. He added that the club's launch was a big buzz in the community and all stakeholders had given their "blessing" to the initiative. He said that the club would have a solid base as the executive includes many skilled individuals.

The club is targeting two age groups: six to 12 and 13 to 45 years.

"We don't want to leave anybody out, but the core will be teenagers and those in their early twenties," Reid said.

 

Portmore on top

 

Multiple champions Portmore United lead Zone B with a maximum 21 points after seven rounds in the 2017 edition of the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore U-17 Football League.

Racing United, 18 points, are in second spot in Zone B, while Cedar Grove, 16 points, Cumberland 12 points, and Southboro 10 points round off the top five.

Over in Zone A, Edgewater lead with 18 points. They are followed by Naggo Head (16 points); Three West (14 points); Independence City 10 (points); Rodwood 10 (points); and Christian Pen, also 10 points round off the top six.

In a recent game, Portmore United blanked Southboro 5-0 to show their scoring power. Also, Westport hammered Hellshire United 7-0. In other results, Edgewater whipped Three west 4-0; Naggo Head clipped Westchester 1-0; Independence City outscored Passagefort United 3-2; Rodwood clipped Christian Pen 1-0; Racing United thrashed Braeton United 5-0; Caymanas Gardens swamped Waterford 15-3; Cedar Grove beat Cumberland 3-2; and East Portmore Portals defeated Daytona 3-0.

 

Domino stars to get their rewards

 

Links United will be the toast of the evening at tomorrow's awards presentation for the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Portmore/St Catherine held at the Ken's Wild Flower Sports Bar atop the roof of the entertainment hub located on Port Henderson Road, Bayside, at 5 p.m.

Links United easily copped the title with a 300-242 win over first-time finalists Spring Village in a lopsided contest.