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In Your Neighbourhood

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Anita Lee, (third from right) widow of George Lee, the former Mayor of Portmore, hands over a trophy to UTC Steppas for being the most outstanding group in the recent George Lee Memorial Road Race.
The Rainforest Seafoods pair of Andrew Gutzmore (left) and Christina Lewis, the winners of the male and female category, at the finish of the George Lee Memorial 6K.


Manchester FA 2017/18 season to begin Oct. 20

The 2017-18 football season of the Manchester FA is set to kick-off next Friday, October 20 with the teams seeking the Brumalia Hardware KO title.

This competition dates back to the 1990s and has the distinction of being the longest running sponsorship of any parish FA-organised competition.

The new season will kick off at the Mt St Joseph Prep School starting at 10 a.m. Several games will be hosted that day. The kick-off time and date, according to president Dalton Wint, is due mainly to high use of the parish's referees in the current daCosta Cup competition.

Clubs seeking further information on the competition may contact the Manchester FA's office on Caledonia Road in Mandeville.


McKenzie finally lands Digicel 5K


New road race stand-out, Natasha McKenzie of Manchester, achieved a major milestone after she landed her first win at the Digicel 5K Walk for Special Needs in Kingston last weekend.

Her first attempt in 2014 yielded an amazing third-place finish but she ended out of the major placings the following year despite higher expectations. She did not contest the event last year, but on the heels of a breakaway 2017 season where she has been unbeaten, her win was expected. Two weeks earlier, she had topped the field in the Burger King 5K walk.

It is notable that second in the Digicel 5K was the champion between 2014 and 2016, Paula Sinclair. Third position went to another Manchester-based walker, Olivia McKoy.


Mandeville to host Heroes weekend shoot


Professional shooters will turn their attention to the Heroes weekend competition dubbed October Heat at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Host range is Lincoln.

Action is expected to shoot off at 10:30 tomorrow although practice can be facilitated earlier when the range opens at 9 a.m.

There will eight stages and a round count of 100. Trophies will be awarded in each category to first and second places.


Caribbean Classic win heavyweight clash


Caribbean Classic who are tied for first place on points (30) with Waterhouse and Links United gave a class performance as they defeated Links United 300-295 in a close contest as the Jamaica Domino Council's 2017 Premier League first round ended recently.

In other games, Waterhouse beat Braeton United 300-278; Right Stuff cut down Soursop Tree 300-237; Bull Bay United beat Blade Strikers 300-283 and Exceptional International had a close 300-298 count-down win over Supreme Ventures.


Gutzmore, Lewis take George Lee Memorial 6K titles


Veteran road runner Andrew Gutzmore, representing Rainforest Foods, outpaced his younger opponents to win the overall male category in the George Lee Memorial 6K road race, at the Portmore HEART Academy in St Catherine recently. Gutzmore clocked 20 minutes 42 seconds to win ahead of the UTC Steppas pair of Gavin Francis (21 mins 29 secs.) and Allay Ashman (21:48).

Christina Lewis, who also represents Rain Forrest Foods, topped the female category. Lewis won going away in 24:23. She finished ahead of Karlene Blagrove of Pacers Running Club, 25:01. and Faith Browne 28:04 of UTC Steppas. Portsmouth Primary's Orlando Smith 29:27 took the Under 12 boys category and Britania Headley of St Catherine High, 34:10, copped the girls' section.

Meanwhile, UTC Steppas were crowned the overall championship team.