In Your Neighbourhood
Los Perfectos head Manchester Major League semi-finalists
All four semi-finalists have been confirmed in the Mikael Phillips-sponsored Manchester Major League,
Los Perfectos head the list of qualified teams completing their 11 matches with 25 points compiled from eight wins, one draw and two losses. Alligator Pond, the only unbeaten team, are next on 24 points but still have a game in hand. Mile Gully (16) and Villa (4) complete the four- team roster. Both have a game to complete.
Anderson to be buried May 12
Saturday, May 12 has been earmarked for the funeral of the much-loved former local sports administrator Pat Anderson. Anderson, a former president of both the Jamaica Football Federation and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, died on April 10.
The final services will include his body lying in state at the Kirkvine Sports Centre before being taken away for the farewell service at the Kendal Conference Centre, a few kilometres away.
Kirkvine Sports Centre is the symbolic home of Anderson's influence in Manchester and the central region.
Meanwhile former Manchester FA president, Jimmy Collins, who is now an elected councillor with the Manchester municipality, offered formal tributes to Anderson, during a visit to Anderson's home in Fine Grass, Walderston, earlier this week.
Collins, who served as president during the 1990s, said: "Uncle Pat was the first man to introduce me to Captain Horace Burrell, and that's where my football career as president really took off."
Collins revealed that because of Anderson's "authentic image", his introduction to Burrell proved beneficial both personally and for the parish.
New Green maintain unbeaten run in Jamalco Div One
New Green kept their unbeaten run as well as lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One competition after outscoring Starzone Academy 3-1. They are now on nine points from three games.
Earlier this week, New Green were gifted a 1-0 lead courtesy of Anthony Reid 40th-minute own goal, before second-half strikes from Sanjay Messam and Owen Whyte carried them home.
In the other game completed this week, the Northern Caribbean University President's XI team outscored Studs FC 4-2 to improve their chances of making the second-round cut.
The game was 2-2 after 54 minutes. Matthew Jackson then completed a hat-trick to push the NCU President's XI home. Sheldon Carter netted both goals for Studs.
Pat Anderson U-17 kicks off
The start of the 2018 season of the Pat Anderson Under-17 football competitions which is sponsored by Moorland Development, was one of mixed emotions.
The opening ceremony was held at the Manchester High School earlier this week but it also coincided with the mourning period for its patron, Pat Anderson, who died the previous week.
Master of ceremonies Cranston Kelly, a Manchester Football Association executive member, asked all those present to observe a minute's silence in recognition of Anderson, long known in these parts for his support of young sports stars. Anderson has been the patron of this competition from the start of the Moorland Development Company Limited sponsorship in 2013.
Twenty-one teams are participating and the format will see three zones of seven teams in the preliminary round. They will play six games each and then a knock-out format among the top eight teams. The eight will include the top two from the zones and the best two third-placed teams.
In the lone match of the afternoon, Greenvale Academy smashed Manchester Academy, a school-based club attached to Manchester High, 6-1.
Shazaar Samuels opened the scoring in the 16th minute, followed by strikes from Javel Coley in the 56th and 61st minutes, Nickari Campbell 70th, Roshane Clarke and Kedgeree Miller.
Jaquan Williams found a consolation goal for Manchester Academy in injury time.
South Central Confed Super League semis on
The return legs of the Charley's JB Rum South Central Confed semi-finals will be played at the St Elizabeth Technical High School grounds tomorrow.
The afternoon will feature a double- header starting at 3 p.m. St Bess will face Vere United of Clarendon in the opening match before Blackstars go up against St Catherine's Dunbeholden at 5 p.m.
Both St Bess and Blackstars are based in St Elizabeth and will naturally carry most of the support and parish sentiment. They are also fancied on their record this season as they both finished respective winners of the two preliminary zones.
The teams faced each other last weekend with both matches producing 1-1 scorelines.
JN Open League netball
Results of matches played in the 2018 JN Bank Open League Netball semi-finals on Thursday, April 19, at the Leila Robinson Court.
Semi-final 1: Determine 'A' 40 Alpha 35
Semi-final 2: G. C. Lions 'B' 26 Mico Wasp 'B' 24
Semi-final 1: Arnett 'A' 25 UWI Pelicans 23
Semi-final 2: Tivoli 28 Jamalco 27
The JN Bank Jo Wigman Open League Rally begins at noon.
The teams that did not make it to the play-off rounds will participate in this rally. Fifty-two teams are expected to participate.
Open Rally Finals 4.15p.m.
3rd and 4th-place play-off: Jamalco vs UWI Pelicans at 4.45 p.m.
G.C. Lions 'B' vs Determine 'A' 5.35 p.m.
Open league Final
Tivoli vs Arnett 'A' 6.15 p.m.
Presentation of trophies: 7.15 p.m.