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JustBet Business House five-a-side finals today
The divisional finals of the JustBet Business House five-a-side competition take place this afternoon at the National Water Commission (NWC) playing field, Mona, with defending champions Tank-Weld Metals up against Scotiabank Group in the Division One final at 4:30 p.m., and NWC vs the Lasco Group in the Division Two final at 2:30 p.m.
The KO final between Peak Bottling and Division Two campaigners Honey Bun will also be played at the same venue, starting at 3:30 p.m. Matches are of 50-minute duration.
In Division One semi-final action last Sunday at the NWC playing field, Scotiabank defeated Jamaica Broilers 3-1, with a brace from Richard West in the eighth and 10th minutes and Ajuran Brown in the 24th minute. Jason Grant got the consolation goal for the losers. In the second semi-final, Tank-Weld Metals clipped Peak Bottling 2-1 with goals from Waterhouse Premier League players Theo Brown and Jonathan Williams in the 10th and 28th minutes, respectively.
Godfrey Bowland converted a penalty for Peak Bottling in the 26th minute to make it 1-1, but Williams soon got the winner.
In Division Two, both semi-finals went into extra time after the scores were locked in both matches at the end of regulation time.
NWC beat Island Grill 5-2, thanks to two goals each from Rollin Francis and Patrick Edmondson. Lasco Group, thanks to a double strike from Dwayne Planter, defeated Tims Jamaica 5-3 after both teams were locked at 3-3 at the end of regulation time.
Cal's pool tourcontinues October 16
The third leg of the Cal's Spring Water-Real Vibes Party Wine-sponsored pool tour moves to MoBay next weekend, October 16 and 17, at Kendan Pool & Games, 32 Jarrett Street.
Entries for the valuable double elimination tournament close tonight at Hot Shot Pool Hall, 103 Constant Spring Road, while the draw will take place at the same venue on Wednesday night during the club's weekly mini-tournaments.
The two previous tournaments in the all-island tour, which includes seven tournaments (one each month), were won by MoBay's top player, Noel 'Schoolboy' Blagrove, and Chelsea's Calhoun Melville, respectively.
Significantly, both defeated the season's top-ranked player, Ewart Hall, from Hot Shots in the final to secure the $85,000 prize and trophy. Hall secured $35,000 and a trophy for second (twice).
Nearly all of the island's top players are expected to participate, including Blagrove, Melville and Hall, among others.
The competition is run by the Jamaica Billiards Association. Entry fee is $1,500, and to participate in the tournament players must be paid-up members of the association. New players must pay $3,000 to sign up.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Billiards Association has extended condolences to the family of the late player, Jahrel 'Hype Up' Stephenson, who died on September 26 after a long illness. He was 29.
Racing FraternityFootball League
Rain continues to affect the Racing Fraternity Football League, ahead of the scheduled October 17 final at Ironside in Gregory Park.
Still, unbeaten teams Landscape and Racing Links have won their respective zones and await their opponents in the semi-finals.
Landscape won all five matches to top Zone A with maximum 15 points, while Racing Links won three matches and drew two to win Zone B.
This week's scheduled matches on Tuesday and Thursday saw play progressing only on Tuesday, as Thursday's double-header was rained out.
On Tuesday, Racing Links were held to a 1-1 draw by Exercise Riders, while in the second match, Owners blanked Grooms 2-0, thanks to a double strike from Arnett Gardens Premier League player, Kirk Ramsey.
Owners will now meet Racing Links in one semi-final next week. Landscape, meanwhile, will await the outcome of the crucial Zone B clash between CTL and Security next Monday to know who their opponents in the semi-final will be.
Victory for either team will earn them a semi-final spot against Landscape but, in the event of a draw, Exercise Riders will advance.
West scores hat-trick for Scotiabank
The fifth and final preliminary-round matches in the JNBS/Western Sports Norman Goodison Inter-bank Football Competition will be played tomorrow at two venues.
The matches on are: Leaders and defending champions Scotiabank versus RBTT at old men's hockey field, Mona, starting at 3 p.m., while second-place JNBS will oppose Pan Caribbean at the NWC playing field, Mona, starting at 1:30 p.m. The BOJ vs FirstCaribbean International game will be the second match at the venue at 3:30 p.m.
In last Sunday's penultimate round, Scotiabank defeated Pan Caribbean 4-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Richard West, while BOJ and RBTT played to a 1-1 draw. In the third match, JNBS crushed FirstCaribbean 6-0, with Kimani Young and Tyrone Meledo scoring two goals each and Jair Minott and Delando Thorpe getting one each.
Juici Clarendon Business House champions
Juici Patties predicatably won the Taits Pharmacy-sponsored Clarendon Business House six-a-side football competition, but the script was far from what everyone had imagined.
After impressing early with seven straight victories, Juici Patties, the only unbeaten team thoughout the league, had to come back from a three-goal deficit in last weekend's final at the Mineral Heights field against Mack Rebuilders.
The amazing comeback included taking a 4-3 lead before settling for a 4-4 draw at the end of regulation time. Luck, as well as holding their nerves, allowed them to triumph 3-2 in the penalty-kick decider.
Earlier, the fans got an exciting final which was previously postponed three times due to poor weather from the passage of Tropical Storm Nicole. There was anticipation of a high-scoring battle royal after both teams had posted similar 5-1 semi-final victories.
It was Mack Rebuilders who called the tune early when a hat-trick by Dylan Collins put them 3-0 up until the final minute of the first half, when Seaon Weller pulled one back for the eventual champions.
As is customary when such a fast-paced match is played on a restricted area, the game can turn easily, and that was the case when a double by Emile Johnson on the resumption pulled things level. A few miutes later, Glenroy Givens would provide Juici Patties with an early sniff of the championship with the go-ahead goal, but Mack Rebuilders again sent the early-morning crowd into a frenzy with a last-minute equaliser, sending the game into extra time and, eventually, penalties.
In the third-place play-off which preceded the final, Government Agencies, who finished runners-up to Mack Rebuilders in the preliminary round, defeated Sinclairs Bargain Centre 3-1. Scorers for the winners were Clevon Watson (two goals) and Ayon Weller, while Bernard Clarke got the consolation for the losers.
Manchester, Clarendon FA awards
The Manchester and Clarendon football associations will hope for better weather in the coming week to finally host their respective awards ceremonies for the 2009-10 season.
Both were forced to cancel their ceremonies due to persistent rainy weather from the final few days of September.
Manchester will attempt to host their ceremony at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Wednesday, October 13. Clarendon will stage stage their event at the Bridge Palm Hotel in Toll Gate the following day.
Manchester's president of one year, Dalton Wint, will deliver the main address. He told The Gleaner he has major announcements to make regarding the parish's goals.
The list of invited guests to the Clarendon awards is led by the Social Development Commission Chairman David Mais, who will deliver the main address. Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, and Member of Parliament Mike Henry are also on the list of specially invited guests. Both functions are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Comfort, Sweden Street in Peter Bunting third-place play-off
Comfort and Sweden Street will battle for prize money, as well as the honour of finishing third in the Peter Bunting Georges Valley Corner League football competition.
The two will meet tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at the deCarteret football field in Mandeville.
Sweden Street were beaten on penalties by Hope Village, while Comfort lost 1-0 to Red Square in their semi-finals last weekend.
The final will be played at the same venue on Sunday, October 17, with main sponsor and Member of Parliament Peter Bunting in attendance.
Waterford, Passagefort face off tomorrow
Sixth-place Waterford United (17 points) host fourth-place Passagefort United (18 points) in a key game in the ninth round of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Portmore Domino League tomorrow.
Both teams are coming off wins. Waterford had a 12-point win over Garveymeade last Sunday, whereas Passagefort thrashed Westchester United 250-216.
In other matches, leaders Hang-over United, still beaming from a 250-232 win over Portmore Lane Tigers, oppose Portsmouth United at Megaway; Garveymeade clash with Westchester United at Garveymeade Sports Club; Westchester Nuckuz host Ken's Wildflower; while third-place Cumberland (24 points) are expected to beat City Black Rock at Cumberland. All games begin at 1 p.m.
Colours, Ken's clash
Weather permitting, arch-rivals Colours International and Ken's Wildflower will battle for the inaugural Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Portmore Twenty20 knockout cricket final at the Bridgeport sports ground tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m. The game was postponed for the past two weeks due to inclement weather.
This final features Jamaican batsman Tamar Lambert and wicketkeeper-batsman Junior Stewart for Ken's Wildflower, whereas Colours will counter through the hard-hitting Kemar Marshall, former Jamaica batsman Delroy Morgan and all-rounder Kerry Scott. The final will be preceded by a play-off for third between newcomers Bridgeview and Washington CC.
Bridgeport High captain, Jamiel Hardware (left), dribbles away from Vauxhall's Nasheinhie Clarke during a Group B ISSA-Pepsi-Digicel Manning Cup match at Cumberland High School playing field on Monday. Bridgeport won 3-1. - Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer