St Aloysius' principal, Pauline Stephenson, gets ready to throw a ball to her school's netball players at the recent handing over ceremony of their multi-purpose court by the The Sports Development Foundation. - Photo by Anthony Foster
$1.2b spent on sports development
THE SPORTS Development Foundation (SDF) has, over the past seven years, spent more than $1.2 billion enhancing sport in the island.
Saleem Lazarus, a board member at the SDF, said the expenditure between 2000 and 2007 ran to that sum. In breaking down the spending within that period, Lazarus pointed to the areas in which money was spent.
"Infrastructure cost $437 million, national associations, 38 of them, got about $487m, government agencies received about $314m and the athletes' welfare fund got $24m."
Lazarus was speaking at the handing over ceremony for an all-purpose court at St Aloysius Primary School in downtown Kingston.
The court, which was constructed for basketball and netball, was built at a cost of $644,000.
According to Lazarus, this is one of 265 all-purpose courts constructed over the years.
"We have contracted about 265 multi-purpose courts, constructed and upgraded about 60 playing fields, provided seating for about 14 facilities, for various Premier League teams as well, and lighting for about 13 facilities as well," he said.
The SDF, he said, was about "developing our nation through sports", so "basically, what we do is go to the rural parts of Jamaica, right through the length and breadth of Jamaica, and build multi-purpose courts, playing fields, volleyball courts, fencing, lighting, anything that can help to promote sports".
St Catherine teams rewarded for hard work
Players and coaches in St Catherine were rewarded for their hard work at the St Catherine Football Associa-tion's (FA) Business House presentation ceremony at the Arian's Restaurant in Spanish Town recently.
Windalco took the league title while Lasco Distributors captured the Knockout crown.
Apart from the Business House awards, the function also facilitated the Under-17 league's best players and coaches. Barrington Rose of Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), whose company contributed $100,000 towards the league, was on hand to give out some of the awards.
Police FC got the most awards in the Under-17 category, including best goalkeeper (Jovani Johnson), best defender (Adrian Campbell), and leading goalscorer and most valuable player (André McFarlane).
Old Harbour United's Odion Powell was rewarded for being the league's best midfielder.
There was a special award given to the Watson Grove Under-17 team, which won the champion of champions trophy after defeating Police 1-0 in a one-off encounter. The award was received by their coach, Paul Fort.
Meanwhile, 33 coaches were given certificates for successfully completing a level one coaching course put on by the St Catherine FA.
BH cricket awards tonight
The Business House Cricket Board, in association with main sponsors Digicel, will host its annual awards ceremony tonight at the Knutsford Hotel, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The board will also celebrate its 70th anniversary and the opportunity will be used to honour a number of former players.
Cable & Wireless defended their Reggae Jammin Foods title. St Ann Bauxite won the Best Dressed Trophy 30-Overs; Cable & Wireless took the 35-Overs knockout; while St Ann Bauxite and Cable & Wireless shared the Digicel Twenty20 title.
Comma Pen, Chocolate Hole in final replay
The rained-out NCB Southeast St Elizabeth 35-Over knockout cricket final between powerhouse Comma Pen and Chocolate Hole will be replayed at the Harper Miller Oval on March 24.
Teams: Comma Pen: Algrove Johnson, Donavon Sinclair, Christopher Gayle, Orville Pennant, Marlon Johnson, Shane Powell, Stephan Patterson, Troy Powell, Yohan Holness and Ziggy Levy.
Chocolate Hole: Clayton Malcolm, Damion Ebanks, Damion Sangster, Davian Davidson, Doran McCloud, Greg Thompson, Howard Harris, Howard Powell, Ishmael Parchment, Neil McNally and Trace Powell.
The sides are playing for a winners' prize of $100,000. The second-place team will collect $50,000.
Sent in to take first strike, Comma Pen were restricted to 186 for nine off their allotted 35 overs. National representatives Donovan Sinclair, 71, and Shane Powell, 37, top scored. Damion Ebanks (2-8) and Neive McNally (2-34) were the opick of Chocolate Hole's bowlers.
In reply, Chocolate Hole were 28 for two off six overs when the rain came. Damion Sangster was 17 not out while Algrove Johnson had taken 2-8.
St Thomas beat Paul Bogle
St Thomas Technical clipped newcomers Paul Bogle 3-2 in boys' Under-19 action in the Eastern Rural zone of the ISSA table tennis competition on Wednesday.
The other four matches that day were doubleheaders in both Under-19 boys and girls between hosts Ardenne and Meadowbrook.
Ardenne won the first boys' match 3-2 and the second 4-1 while the schools shared the honours in the girls' matches - Meadowbrook won the first 3-1 and Ardenne won the second by the same margin.
Campion remain on top in the Urban girls' Under-19 section on 15 points, four ahead of Ardenne (11 points), followed by Meadowbrook (10) and Immaculate (eight).
Meadowbrook and Immaculate have played all their matches, while Campion and Ardenne have a match remaining against each other.
Portmore domino league
Joint leaders Forte International and Caribbean Classic extended their winning streaks in the CTL-sponsored Portmore/St Catherine domino league with home wins in the 15th round last Sunday.
Caribbean Classic beat defending champions Hurricane 300-280 at Portmore Lane, while Fort International drubbed Ackee Pod 300-263 at Passagefort.
Both remain joint leaders with 67 points from 15 matches, followed by Eradication with 62 from 15.
Completing the top eight are Eagle View on 61, Ackee Pod 58, Old Harbour 53 and Hurricane 52, all from 15 matches, with Masterpiece holding down eighth position on 49 points but from 14 matches.
KSAFA Syd Bartlett League
Four matches are scheduled in today's 18th round of KSAFA, the Syd Bartlett football league, all starting at 3:30 p.m.
The matches on are Pembroke Hall FC vs New Kingston at Pembroke Hall High School, Maxfield Park FC vs Shortwood United at Breezy Castle, ISCF vs Molynes United at Kingston Technical and Meadforest FC vs Port Royal at Queensborough.
Allman/Woodford FC is this weekend's rest team.
KSAFA Major League
Five matches are on in today's 18th round of the KSAFA Major League football competition.
They are Olympic Gardens up against Barbican at Cling Cling Oval, Seaview Gardens FC vs Liguanea United at Seaview Oval, UTech FC vs Swallowfield at UTech, Cooreville United vs Rae Town at Cooreville Gardens and Central Kingston FC vs Brown's Town at Winchester Park. Real Mona FC are this weekend's rest team.
All matches start at 3:30 p.m.