The curtain comes down on the Henkel-sponsored Sistas skittles singles championship tomorrow with the quarter-finals, semis and final at Mystix Sports Bar, 783/4 Hagley Park Road, starting at 1 p.m.
Among the qualifiers are Pauline Gentles, who created history by becoming the first female player to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition. Gentles, who represents the Spanish Town-based Mister 'C', rallied to a three-set win over former champion Keith Barrett from Eastern All-Stars last Sunday.
The lone female lost the first set after missing sinkers, but settled her nerves to win the next three sets 1350-480, 450-360 and 880-680 in the best-of-five encounter. She will now play 2009 champion Winston 'Wimpy' Lyew of Willies Strikers, who had a 3-1 win over Clive Woolery of Eastern All-Stars.
As play in the last 16 continued last Sunday, Rowe's Strikers' skipper Garfield 'Milligram' Samuels demolished former champion Leslie 'Toothpick' Puranda from Eagles, winning 1360-530,1620-240 and 1120-650.
His quarter-final opponent will be another former champion, Sydney Carrington, who ended the reign of defending champion Robert McKen (Eagles) three weeks earlier.
In the lower half of the draw, Carlton Blake from Olympic Strikers had a 3-2 victory over Fred 'Bushman' Marsh of Eagles. Blake will now meet Eastern's Steve Thompson, who beat Fred Cooper of Willies in straight sets.
Alphanso Stewart from Mystix Strikers got by Dwayne Green of Waltham 3-2, while Eagles captain Clinton 'Fly Up' Thompson stopped Donovan Ashman of Waltham by the same margin.
The annual general meeting of the Business House Cricket Board takes place on Monday evening at the Cable & Wireless Sports Club, Chalmers Avenue, starting at 6:30.
Main item on the agenda is the election of officers and the discussion of plans for the 2012 season which is scheduled to start in mid-April.
Each team is requested to send two representatives and this includes prospective candidates.
Cosmo Grant, a former captain of The Gleaner Company cricket team, is president of the BH cricket board.
The annual Business House Domino Competition will be launched on April 20 with a dress parade at Wray & Nephew, Spanish Town Road.
The competition, divisions one and two, is expected to start on April 27. Sponsor Wray & Nephew Limited has donated $1 million to the organisers, the National Association of Domino Bodies.
In addition to the divisional leagues, there will be a KO competition involving all teams.
Defending champions Rivoli United continued their march towards the 2011-12 South Central Confederation Super League football title with a 1-0 away win over Spartan of Clarendon.
Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Nelson was responsible for Rivoli's win at Turner's Oval in Clarendon, as he netted the only goal in the 85th minute. Rivoli (28 points) have now extended their lead to eight points as parishmates Meadows, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home by De la Vega United.
In other results, Naggo Head and New Green ended 1-1, while the other St Catherine derby between Newland and Royal Lakes finished 0-0. Two other scheduled encounters were not played. The Downs vs Monymusk clash was postponed due to the death of a Monymusk player, while the national under-17 trial game prevented the contest between Super Action of St Elizabeth and Bodles of St Catherine.
St Catherine teams dominate the top six, taking the first five placings, with New Green of Manchester at sixth.
After playing second fiddle to Jamaican counterpart Ron Brown at the Florida Open three weeks weeks ago, Orville Henriques, the champion shooter in these parts, returns to familiar ground at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) where he is expected to star at the National Street Gun Championships tomorrow in Lincoln.
The championships is held quarterly and Henriques emerged top shooter in all previous editions.
He finished a creditable ninth in the Florida Open, but was beaten by Kingston's Ron Brown, who finished an impressive seventh in a world-class field.
Four shooters attended the Florida Open and three will be participating, including top female shooter Sue Ann Henriques. The organisers have opted for stages which typify common fighting and danger scenarios in Jamaican life.
"The Street Gun championship is purely based on Jamaican situation and each time we try to surprise the shooters with different stages," said Henriques, who is also president of the MRPC.
"This year, we will definitely have at least one completely new scenario; something we took from Florida and adapted to our own."
Kendal easily defeated former champions Mile Gully 3-0 at Kirkvine to win the Captain's Bakery-sponsored Manchester Major League mid-season final last Sunday. Kendal, who are yet to win the Major League, pocketed $20,000 for their efforts, as well as a trophy.
The win was set up by two strikes from Clayton Berry and a penalty conversion by captain Tevland Bailey. Berry, a former daCosta Cup standout for Bellefield High, opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he surprised the young Mile Gully custodian Akeem Nelson with a one-motion shot from a cross inside the 18-yard area.
Berry then won a penalty from referee André Farquharson on the stroke of half, which his captain calmly converted. Berry beat Nelson a second time in the 72nd minute, when he pounced on a rebound from Nelson's partial save.
It was the second time Kendal were beating Mile Gully this badly. Despite the loss and bragging rights, Mile Gully have the overall league lead on 19 points, one more than Kendal.
The first round in the new season of the Clarendon leg of the LIME/INSPORTS football competition continued earlier this week.
Spaldings Primary scored the biggest win of the week when two goals each by Gavin Green (eighth, 48th) and Nicolas Bennett (13th, 29th) spurred them to a 4-0 win over Moravia Primary.
Aided by two own-goals from May Pen Primary, Hazard were handed a 3-2 win.
Frankfield could get points after Riches failed to show; similarly, Brixton Hill, after Richmond Park were a no-show.
In two later games, Victoria Primary had a 2-0 win over Mocho, while Thompson Town and Elgin Town finished 1-1.
No team failed to notch a second straight win as the second round of the St Elizabeth Co-op Credit Union Division One football competition continued this week.
Newly promoted Division Two champions Real Santa made their debut the previous week with a crushing 3-1 win over former Confederations qualifiers Holland Police Youth Club were held to a 0-0 draw on Thursday by Treasure Beach. Treasure Beach had drowned Longwood 4-0 in their opening match of the season.
Steppers, who started with a 3-1 win over Prospect, were also restricted to a point after a 2-2 draw with Holland PYC. Round Hill, who had beaten Northampton 3-1, fared worse this week - beaten 1-0 by Rocky Hill, who had experienced a more conservative kick-off in a 1-1 draw with Middlesex.
On Thursday, Holland PYC improved to four points after spanking Prospect 6-1. Deandro Stephens scored twice.
Matches next week
Tuesday: New Holland vs Middlesex, Round Hill vs Haughton at Treasure Beach
Wednesday: Rocky Hill vs Northampton at Lacovia, Treasure Beach vs Holland PYC
Thursday: Steppers vs Real Santa at Black River High, Longwood vs Prospect at Lyceo.
Jamalco and neighbours New Bowens will contest The Captain's Bakery & Grill-sponsored Clarendon Major League mid-season final at Four Paths Community Centre today. Match time 3:30 p.m.
The two have waged a strong battle for honours so far and it is probably fitting that they will be playing today's incentive final.
Approaching the eighth round, Jamalco had held the league on the slimmest of margins via goal difference over New Bowens. However, the two were separated over a week ago when Jamalco won 4-0 in their big clash. The game was competitive for the first when no goals were scored in the first half. However, the game switched decisively Jamalco's way once Cornell Robinson netted in the 48th minute.
Leon Callaghan, a former New Bowens player, scored the second in the 62nd minute before Xavier Daley (75th) and Rushane Sharpe (81st) completed an unlikely rout.
New Bowens quickly rebounded after that loss to hand second-place Four Paths a 2-0 win to position themselves into today's final.
Mid-season champions Black River have opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Wray & Nephew-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League.
Black River have produced two wins in succession - spanking Middle Quarters 6-0 and edging past Knoxwood 2-1.
In second place are Appleton, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Tafari Lions. It was Tafari Lions' best showing in three weeks after suffering back-to-back losses. Newell held on to third spot on 27 points, following their 1-1 draw with Parottee.
In other results, Vineyard and Burnt Ground ended 1-1, Mountainside and Young Brazil 2-2, while an improved Braes River took advantage of a struggling Middle Quarters 4-0.
Matches today: Newell vs Black River at Hounslow, Burnt Ground vs Young Brazil at Santa Cruz Community Centre, and Tafari Lions vs Braes River.
Tomorrow: Middle Quarters vs Vineyard at White Hall, Knoxwood vs Appleton at Mountainside, and Parottee vs Mountainside.
East Portmore Portals' season will be definitely on the line as they play out-of-contention Bridgeport in the penultimate round of the LIME Portmore Division Two football league in the opening game of a double-header at the Westchester field tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.
Fifth-place Portals on 16 points cannot afford a loss as they trail fourth-place Daytona by two points. In the feature match at the venue, already-qualified Westchester (25 points) await second-place Hellshire United (20) at 3 p.m. Hellshire will be pressing for a win to secure a semi-final berth. At Ferdie Neita Park, Braeton United should pocket three points as they face Garveymeade, the beating stick of the competition, at 1 p.m. The three o'clock game pits Westport against Daytona in a key clash. A win for Westport will make them advance to the next round.
Right Stuff return to their Cedar Grove home tomorrow morning after last Sunday's big 300-259 loss to leaders Fort International in the Impulse-sponsored Portmore Domino League. Tomorrow will not be any easier for the homesters - who are sixth on 38 points - as they face defending champions and second-place Caribbean Classic, who have amassed 46 points in 13 games. In another key matchup, third-place Ackee Pod (44), currently enjoying a rich vein of form, knock bones with seventh-place Eradication (37).
In other games, Colours Sports Bar, who have been knocked from the top eight, get an easy game against Ken's Wildflower at Port Henderson Plaza; Passagefort United anticipate full points against minnows Westchester Nuckuz; Hurricane are set to blow away Correctional Services; Masterpiece should get past Black Rooster; and Spring Village should be too hot for Seamaster.
Power of Faith (PFM) Development will fancy their chances when they play Bethel Born Again in the opening game in a double-header, in the third week of the Power of Faith Ministries 20/20 cricket league this morning at Lime Tree Oval, starting at 9:30.
Both teams, drawn in Zone Two, lost their opening game and a win is crucial if they want to stay in touch with zone leaders Power and Light (eight points). In the second game at the venue, defending champions Power of Faith Seniors will seek their second win in as many matches when they take on a demoralised Miracle Open Bible. The latter are coming off a heavy 95-run defeat at the hands of hot team Old Harbour Bay New Testament.
At Bridgeport ground, Old Harbour NT, unbeaten in two games, should have an easy time against Seniors - an Over-40 team - in the curtain-raiser at 9:30 p.m. In the feature match at the venue, Zone Two leaders Power and Light Ministries take on Waltham Park New Testament at 1:30 p.m.
The competition, for the first time, has attracted a sponsor - Hi-Lyte energy drink. All players and umpires will be refreshed on match days.
On January 19, Old Harbour Bay United were sitting pretty atop the standings of the LIME St Catherine FA Division One, and to top it off they had the mid-season trophy in their hands after defeating Travellers 1-0 in that final. Fast-forward to today and Old Harbour Bay are now in third place on goal difference with 21 points, four points adrift of leaders Upfront United, a team that did not have enough points to qualify for the mid-season final. The two will clash at Old Harbour Bay playing field this afternoon at 3:00.
Two games are on tomorrow, as second-place Travellers (21 points) host fifth-place Flamingo (18) at Cheesefield, while seventh-place Treadways face bottom club Benbow United at Treadways. Both games begin at 3 p.m.
CAPTION: Happy team members and supporters of Kendal receive The Captain's Bakery & Grill Manchester Major League mid-season final trophy from Wayner Saulter (left) and FA President Dalton Wint (second right, front). - Photo by Richard Bryan
CAPTION: Students from Weise Road Basic School in Bull Bay play on the keyboard of a computer donated to the institution as part proceeds from the Masters and Celebrities Bob Marley One Love football match, which was played at the Constant Spring Complex on Ash Wednesday. Looking on (from left) are Isaac McIntosh, chairman of the Weise Road Basic School board; Joseph Montique of sponsors, National Commercial Bank (NCB); Clive 'Busy' Campbell, organiser, Masters and Celebrities football matches; and Norda Lewis Harris, operations manager, NCB, Windward Road branch. The Masters and Celebrities organisation will embark on another fund-raiser for the Malvern Basic School in Malvern, St Elizabeth, with a 'Bring Back the Love after Labour' affair on Labour Day.- Contributed
CAPTION: Orville Henriques takes aim during practice for tomorrow's Street Gun Championships. - Photo by Richard Bryan