The Gleaner won their best-of-three quarter-final playoff against JIO 2-0 in the 3-on-3 Business House Basketball Competition at the Stadium Courts on Wednesday to advance to the Division Two semi-finals.
The Gleaner are the only unbeaten team in the entire competition, having made it 21 wins in a row on Wednesday.
The 'newsmen' clipped JIO 38-37 in a thrilling game one on Monday, but came back on Wednesday to beat their opponents 43-36 in game two, thanks to twin shooters Omar Wolfe and Keneil Allen, who once again dominated the scoring in both matches.
Kemar McLeish, who plays for Running Rebels in the NBL, matched both on the boards, but his efforts fell short of target for JIO in both games.
In the other Division Two matches, VMBS and BOJ also advanced after two matches in the best-of-three quarter-finals.
On Monday, VMBS defeated Courts 24-22 and 40-33 on Wednesday, while BOJ nosed out Accent 22-21 on Monday and 30-29 on Wednesday. The fourth quarter-final between Wray & Nephew and First Global is tied at 1-1 after two games. In the first match on Monday, First Global won 30-22, but Wray & Nephew rebounded to win 22-17 on Wednesday. Game three will be played on Wednesday, October 17, at the Stadium Courts.
In Division One, Sagicor, Grace Canning and JTA Co-op Credit Union have advanced to the semis after two games. Sagicor defeated National Land Agency 44-33 and 34-31, Grace Canning beat NCB 'A' 33-20 and 34-30, while JTA Credit Union defeated NWC 45-41 and 43-35.
The fourth quarter-final between MegaMart and Seprod is locked at 1-1. MegaMart won 40-30 on Monday, but Seprod fought back to win 34-30 on Wednesday. They will seek to break the deadlock on October 17.
Meanwhile, the semi-final playoffs will commence on Monday, October 22.
LIME won the first of three possible trophies in the Business House Cricket Competition last Sunday, defeating Sagicor by six wickets in a low-scoring Twenty20 cricket final at Chalmers Avenue.
Batting first, Sagicor were skittled out for a mere 47 in 15.1 overs with Garfield Brown scoring 17. Ryan Francis took four wickets for 12, while national player Yannick Elliott, Fitzroy Peterkin and Carlos Green took two wickets each.
Despite the small target, LIME lost four wickets in scoring 48 off 10.2 overs. They started shakily when losing Jamaica player Horace Miller for one, but former Jamaica and West Indies Under-19 player André McCarthy, 18; Francis, 15; and Damion Jacobs, 10 not out, saw them home, as Ralston Nelson claimed 2-19.
LIME will seek their second title tomorrow when they oppose defending champions Jamalco in the Best Dressed Chicken 30-over KO final at Jamalco. Play starts at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, Jamalco booked their place in the Reggae Jammin 50-over final last Sunday when they defeated former champions Jamaica Broilers by 24 runs in the second semi-final at Jamalco.
Jamalco, batting first, made 132 in 47 overs - former national player Maurice Kepple, 38; Winston 'Sala' Osbourne, 32; Collis Johnson, 20; Robert Turner, 3-22; Andrew Henry, 2-22; and Ravmon Powell, 2-18.
Jamaica Broilers scored 108 all out from 39 overs - Nicoy Lindo, 34; David Morgan, 19; Johnson, 3-29; former national under-19 player Peat Salmon, 3-21.
Jamaica Broilers will meet LIME in the Reggae Jammin league final on Sunday, October 21 at Kensington Park.
Defending champions Scotiabank made it three wins from as many matches on Sunday when they drubbed CIDC/FCIB 8-0 in third-round action from the Norman Goodison Inter-Bank Football League at Emmett Park, St George's College.
Stefan Bartley spearheaded the rout with a brace for Scotia, while six other players got on the scoresheet.
In the feature match at Emmett Park on Sunday, BOJ clipped Pan Caribbean/Sagicor 2-1 with goals from Dasean Meeks and Ricoy Williamson.
And in the third and final match of the round at the NWC playing field in Mona, JNBS and NCB drew 1-1. JNBS grabbed the lead through an own goal in the 49th minute, but George Clarke found the equaliser for NCB in the 69th minute.
The competition takes a break on Sunday for the Heroes holiday weekend. It will resume on the following Sunday, October 21, with four matches.
With the semi-finalists already known, the race heats up for top spot as the preliminary round of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Domino League ends tomorrow afternoon with four matches.
Leaders and defending champs Passagefort United (25 points) will today try and stay atop the league when they play away to first-time semi-finalists Rising Sun (20 points) at Independence City Plaza.
In other games, second-place Westchester Rudiz (24 points) face Cumberland at the Cumberland Community Centre. Joint second-place Waterford United (24 points) take on Ken's Wildflower, while Portsmouth United welcome Portmore Gardens All-Stars at Portsmouth Community Centre. All games begin at 1:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Rising Sun knocked out Ken's Wildflower with a decisive 250-232 win last Sunday. In other games, Passagefort United beat Cumberland 250-205, Waterford United defeated Portsmouth 250-218 and Garveymeade had a rare win as they got past Portmore Gardens All Stars 250-211.
Friendship will have it all to play for when they meet Flames A in tomorrow's final in the St Catherine Netball Association League at Ascot High School. Match time 4 p.m.
Flames A defeated Marine Park 30-24 in their semi-final last Sunday at Ascot, while in a tense battle last Wednesday night at the Stadium Court, Friendship eliminated Job Lane 'A' 24-18. Prior to the final, beaten semi-finalists Job Lane 'A' and Marine Park Dolphins will play off for third place.
Proceedings will commence at 10 a.m. All teams in the competition, excluding the top four, will play in a closing rally, with the winner pocketing $10,000.
Oneity will face Duncans in next week Sunday's final in the Fenley Douglas-sponsored Waterford Corner League football competition as they seek another title success.
The final was originally slated for tomorrow, but was pushed back to Sunday, October 21, to facilitate an appreciation service for former Member of Parliament (MP) for South East St Catherine, Dr Paul Robertson, and former councillor for the Waterford division, Errol Lynch.
Meanwhile, Oneity defeated Wigton 3-1 at the Waterford field last Sunday. Oniety came into the game with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Xavier Harvey, as only 10 minutes were possible in the second match of the double-header at the same venue. The next 80 minutes were played last Sunday and goals by Xavier Harvey and Omar Washington aided Oneity's victory, while Jahvon Roberts netted for Wigton. Duncans booted Cool Runnings 1-0.
Reid's Pen (10 points) will be in the firing line when they face red-hot joint Zone A leaders Bridgeview (10 points) in the fifth round of the Wray & Nephew-sponsored Portmore Cricket Association Twenty20 Club Championships at Portsmouth. Match time is 2 p.m.
Courtney Bredwood, Nkrumah Bonner and Erron Downer should power Bridgeview to victory.
Portsmouth (five points), with only one shining star, Jamaica U-19 player Delbert Gayle (with most runs - 177), are near the bottom of the tables of Zone A, and should get past Gregory Park in the opening game at the venue, at 10 a.m.
The other Zone A fixtures pit Braeton Red Caps against Portmore Pines (six points) at 10 a.m. at Hamilton Gardens ground, a game Pines should win easily. Washington CC are highly favoured to beatChristian Pen in a game slated for 2:00 in the afternoon.
In Zone B, leaders G.C. Foster College (13 points) have an easy task against Silverstone in the second game of a double-header at G.C. Foster, at 2 p.m., as they have in their line-up Jamaica batsman Danza Hyatt, Gavin Wallace and Wayne Morgan. G.C. Foster are highly confident as they defeated Colours International, one of the best T20 teams in the parish, last Sunday.
In the opening game at the venue, Ken's Wildflower (nine), joint second place on points, should beat a spirited Greater Portmore team in a match set to start at 10 a.m. The other Zone B games will see Colours International (nine points), with John Ross Campbell and Shane Brooks, going up against Belmont - who were bruised in a shock 12-run defeat to a rebuilding Hamilton Gardens - in a game that starts at 10 a.m. at Bridgeport, while a confident Hamilton Gardens will square-off against Passagefort in the afternoon game at the venue at 2:00.
Entries will close tonight at 8 o'clock for the highly popular Portmore Municipal Council-sponsored 'Gully League' football tournament, which will be played on Heroes' Day, Monday, October 15.
The venue for the one-day league is the Braeton Phase 3 Gully, located on the Hellshire main road. Entry fee is $1,000 cash; first prize is $20,000. The competition kicks off at 8 a.m.
A bumper crowd is expected to see the spectacle unfold throughout the day. Established in 1998 by founder and chief organiser, Orville 'Chippy' Irons, the league was conceptualised to ease hostilities between the communities around Braeton. It evolved into the highlight of the summer for the community and has gained overwhelming support from civic and business leaders.
Leadership positions for the next two years will be filled today when the St Elizabeth Football Association hosts its extraordinary congress at Miguel's Cafe in Santa Cruz, starting at 10 a.m.
The challenge for presidency will be between incumbent Patrick Malcolm and Keith Wellington, principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School and a senior official at Confed Super League Club, Super Action. Malcolm, who is the principal of Carisbrook Primary in the parish, has served in the capacity for the last four years. He was ushered into the post after then president, Courtney Browne, died unexpectedly. No elections have been held since.
Interest will also surround the challenges for general secretary and treasurer. The current general secretary, Paul Vassell, will run on Malcolm's slate, while his challenger will be Oscar Bailey. In the treasury battle, incumbent Vinceroy Blake has opted for the Wellington slate. Malcolm will have Lenny Campbell as his candidate. Interestingly, both camps have incumbent Richard Walters as second vice president.
Broadleaf easily defeated neighbours Comfort by three wickets to win the inaugural Peter Bunting Central Manchester Constituency Twenty20 final.
Batting first, Comfort were knocked over for 56 and Broadleaf got home with relative ease, with five overs to spare.
The game mirrored its well-known adage of one of glorious uncertainty as Comfort had entered the game as overwhelming favourites. In addition to boasting in their line-up Gary Graham, the parish's Senior Cup captain, as well as two other representatives, they had chalked up four scores over 200. However, overconfidence - and with it reckless shots - plus good fielding and bowling on a slow wicket, triggered their demise. Graham, who had two centuries in his two previous matches, fell for five, while Sherdan Allen, anther previous centurion, made just five.
Comfort's batting collapsed to the combination of Marlon Irwin, who snared four wickets and teenager Troy Tomlin, who had figures of three for 13 off four overs.
Sensible batting through the efforts of Curtis Campbell's 11 and more notably, Eric Dryden's 21 not out, made the run-chase a formality. Comfort collected $50,000 for their efforts, while Broadleaf earned $80,000 as champions.
New champions New Bowens walked away with $120,000 as grand prize and a spanking trophy at the 2012 Jamalco Football League Awards ceremony hosted recently at the Jamalco Great House. New Bowens had defeated champions of the last two seasons, Top Hill.
In the notable individual awards, Peter Brown of New Bowens walked away with trophy and cash incentive for being adjudged the Most Valuable Player, while Andrew 'Joycie' Issacs of losing finalists Top Hill topped the scoring chart with 16 goals.
In the team awards, Savannah, who participated in the third-place play-off and pocketed $40,000, were adjudged the season's surprise team, while Top Halse Hall - most improved; Wembley - most disciplined; and Top Hill - most attacking, won the other awards.
In his report, league Director Ewan Scott said a winning incentive of $1,000 per match was instituted. In terms of actual league statistics, 414 players participated among 18 teams, while 181 goals were scored at an average of close to 31/2 per match. This included eight hat-tricks, 10 penalties and seven free kicks. There were three yellow cards (cautions) per match and a red card (expulsion) issued every three games.
Manager of corporate affairs at Jamalco, Leo Lambert, disclosed that $3 million was spent on football this season - $1.7 million for running the league and $1.3 million went to the Jamalco team which participated in the Clarendon Major League. He also made a commitment on behalf of his company to continue this healthy sponsorship.
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club's (MRPC) night-shooting contest, Lights Out, has now been confirmed for Friday, October 26, at its Lincoln range. The contest was forced to be postponed following heavy all-island showers two weekends ago. The club has also confirmed that all shooters registered for the original contest will be automatically registered.
The season-opening rural one-day rally champions in both junior and senior categories, Manchester High, remain fancied to top the Central Zone of the 2012 ISSA/KFC Netball League.
Earlier this week on Tuesday, Manchester defeated deCarteret College juniors 31-8 and the seniors 37-8. This was a follow-up to their 22-19 win over May Day in the juniors' and 42-6 win in the seniors' contest. On Thursday, Manchester defeated Christiana juniors 38-2. Christiana did not field a senior team.
Interestingly, Cross Keys lead the group in the senior category - based on matches played - having scored wins over May Day, deCarteret and Bishop Gibson. They will, however, face Manchester next Friday.
May Day Juniors are certain to join Manchester in the second round, suffering just one defeat.