In your neighbourhood: Robinson affair
Brothers Douglas and Nicholas Robinson, members of Jamaica's groundbreaking junior bridge team to 2008's first World Youth Mind Sports Olympics in Beijing, separately accounted for both completed events on this week's calendar, thus joining fellow junior Walter Brown with three senior tournament wins each.
Nicholas, 16, who competes sparingly these days due to school commitments, partnered the junior team's bidding coach Victor Ziadie to win the bridge association's special monthly Saturday afternoon tourney. They produced the young season's highest score (68.75 per cent), finishing well clear of second-place Valerie Marshall and Michael Coore (63.19 per cent), with the rest nowhere.
Douglas, 26, who only plays on Mondays due to work commitments, kept the family bragging rights even by winning Monday night's leg of the Horace Payne Memorial, paired with the juniors' card-playing coach Richard Phillips. Their winning score of 58.73 per cent narrowly edged out last week's winners Monica Cools-Lartigue and Marlene Fulford (57.94 per cent), while Hubert 'Brodsie' White and Michiko Asonuma finished third with 52.38 per cent.
Wednesday night's leg of the Dr David Levy Trophy was abandoned due to an extended power outage.
Lucozade Sport Workshop
Robeth Streete (centre), Caribbean marketing manager, GlaxoSmithKline, in discussion with (from left) Nicholas Morgan, lead sport scientist, Lucozade Sport Science Academy, Terrence Richards of Social Development Commission, National Sports coordinator Jerome Waite and Michael McIntosh of G.C. Foster College at the Lucozade Sport Workshop at the Hilton hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday. - Rudolph Brown/Freelance Photographer
Two hundred and fifty coaches from several sporting disciplines, athletes and sports administrators turned up at the Hilton hotel on Wednesday for the fifth staging of the Lucozade Sport Workshop.
Nicholas Morgan, lead sport scientist at GlaxoSmithKline's Lucozade Sport Science Academy in England, was the main presenter.
Sports psychologist Kadiya Richards, whose presentation focused on the psychological preparation of athletes, delivered the second presentation.
MultiCare basketball clinic
Physical education (PE) teachers from the 31 MultiCare-assisted schools in eastern, western and central Kingston and Greater Portmore in St Catherine are expected to take part in the MultiCare 'Train The Trainers Basketball Clinic', which will be held next Thursday at Breezy Castle Centre, Kingston.
Coaching for the clinic will be conducted by the Jamaica Basketball Association and will focus on enhancing the skills of the PE teachers and on regulations for the upcoming MultiCare Inter-Schools Basketball Competition, scheduled for April this year.
The clinic is part of the MultiCare Foundation's Sports Programme. Under the guidance of MultiCare sports coordinator, olympian Keith Gardner, the programme aims to enhance the physical education process in the 31 MultiCare-assisted schools through the provision of training, equipment and supplies; and on inculcating positive values and the building of confidence and self-esteem in our young people.
Myers tops chess tournament
National Master Peter Myers started the new chess year with the right moves when he took the third staging of the NM John Powell Memorial Chess Open, which took place last weekend at the Campion College auditorium.
Myers ended the tournament with five points from six games, after securing a good final round victory against defending champion National Master Brandon Wilson.
Second place went to National Master Geoffrey Byfield, who also finished on five points but was relegated to second, using the tiebreak system. Tournament favourite and Jamaica's number one ranked player, FIDE Master Warren Elliott, who was returning to active chess after a seven-month break, took third place with 4.5 points.
The Intermediate section was won by Campion College first former Andrew Folkes, who took home the first place prize after securing five points from six games, while the Amateur section was won by Ricardo Smith-Stewart who finished perfect with five points from five games.
Clarendon Major League
Milk River are sitting atop The Captain's Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League standing with maximum nine points.
Sunnyside, Longwood and New Bowens are second on seven points each, but they all, along with fifth-place Sanguinetti (five) and York Town (five), have played a game more than Milk River.
Gimme-Me-Bit, who played three games for four points, Rock River (four), Gayle (one) and Young Strikers, without a point from their two games, round off the 10-team standings.
York Town defeated Sunnyside 2-1 in the league's last game played.
Skeen, Gilbert top Powell awards
The Asafa Powell Foundation Awards, which resulted from outstanding performance by athletes at the Queen's/Grace Jackson track meet were presented on Wednesday.
The main awardees were Odean Skeen of Wolmer's, who clocked 22.16 for the 200m Class 2, and Diandra Gilbert of Queen's for her time of 24.72 in the 200m Class One and 56.16 in the 400m.
Both presentations, which were made at the Hilton hotel after the Lucozade Sport Workshop, were well received by the large audience.
Azteca top St Mary
Azteca are the winners of the St Mary leg of the Insport All-Island Community football league.
In the parish final played at Westmoreland Oval in Annotto Bay, Azteca defeated Fort Stewart 2-0.
Adrian Barnes in the 57th minute, and Ramash O'Creary eight minutes later, secured the win for their team, which now looks to the all-island play-offs.
In today's action, Green Vale face New Green at Brooks Park in Manchester (2:30 p.m.), while tomorrow E-3 tackle Arlington at St Elizabeth Technical (3 p.m.).
Portsmouth look to widen lead
Portsmouth (26) have the opportunity to widen their lead atop The Captain's Bakery St Catherine FA/ Major League, if they get past third-place team Black Lions (16) in a key match at Irish Pen this afternoon at 3:00. Portsmouth are on a 10-game unbeaten run, chalking up eight wins and two draws.
In other games, Cumberland host Flamingo at Cumberland High School, and joint fourth-place,
Second-place Dunbeholden (19) are idle today, as well as DB Basovak (17). In matches last week, Portsmouth and De la Vega United played to an exciting
Racing, Christian Pen in final
Racing United earned the right to meet Christian Pen in the Portmore Division Two mid-season final tomorrow, after chalking up six straight victories in the E-Services sponsored League. The final is set for the Passagefort playing field at 3 p.m. Leaders Racing United, currently on 18 points from seven games, go into the match with revenge on their minds, as they clash with Christian Pen, the only side to defeat them this season. Since their 3-1 loss in the first match of the season, Racing have gone on a six-match winning streak, while second-place Christian Pen (15), the only unbeaten team in the league, have won four and drawn three games. The teams are playing for the Genus Pharmacy trophy.
Scores from last week's games:
Four matches on in U-13 League
Four matches are on in the Colin Fagan-sponsored Leander Marshall/Portmore U-13 Football League this afternoon, at three venues.
The key match of the round pits red-hot leaders Wanderers (six) against third-place Passagefort (four) in the feature match at the Passagefort playing field, at 2:45 p.m. In the curtain-raiser at the venue, Daytona (six), joint leaders on points, clash with Cumberland (four) at 1 p.m.
At the Portsmouth playing field at 1 p.m., Waterford seek their second win in as many games when they take on Portsmouth, while in the feature match at the venue at 2:45 p.m., struggling teams Ascot and Arlington fight for their first points of the league.
In last week's games, Wanderers blanked Ascot 3-0, Waterford stopped Arlington 2-1, Passagefort and Cumberland drew 1-1, while Daytona gained points for Portsmouth's no-show.