Due to the inclement weather associated with Hurricane Sandy, the divisional semi-finals in the three-on-three Business House basketball competition, which should have started on Monday last, have been rescheduled for Monday, October 29 at the Stadium Courts.
The best-of-three semis will commence at 6 p.m. with JTA Co-op Credit Union vs Sagicor in Division One at 6 p.m. and BOJ vs Wray & Nephew in Division Two, also at 6:00.
This will be followed by the second Division One semi-final between MegaMart and Grace Canning at 7 p.m., while high-riding The Gleaner oppose VMBS in Division Two, also at 7:00. The best-of-three semis will continue on Wednesday, October 31.
The Gleaner hold the distinction of being the only unbeaten team in the entire competition. They are 21-0.
Led by a sterling bowling performance of five for 10 off 9.2 overs by Melbourne all-rounder Damion Jacobs, LIME defeated arch-rivals Jamalco by 58 runs to win the Business House Reggae Jammin 50-over final at Kensington Park last Sunday.
On a turning wicket, Jacobs received good support from fellow spinner Ryan Francis, who claimed four for 23 off 10 overs.
Batting first, LIME were bowled out for 146 in 44.2 overs. They received a fair start from Francis and Marvin Lobban, both posting 22 runs in an opening stand, before Lobban fell to Sherwayne Dixon for 10. Francis went on top top-score with 30, receiving worthwhile support from national players Horace Miller (24) and Yannick Elliott (22), as well as tailender Dave Johnson (25 not out) and Jacobs (16). Veteran spin bowler Collis Johnson took 2-16, Derrick Spence 2-28 and Aaron Graham 2-37.
Jamalco replied with 88. They found runs hard to come by against some penetrative spin bowling, backed up by brilliant fielding, and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Opener Maurice Kepple started the slide when going to Francis for six, and he was followed in quick succession by Tino Osbourne and Dwayne Bennett.
Only the veteran Winston 'Sala' Osbourne (24 not out) and the burly opening batsman, Errol Thomas Jr (18), managed to enter double figures against spin twins Jacobs and Francis.
LIME completed a good season, having won the Twenty20 competition some weeks ago, while losing the 30-over Best Dressed Chicken KO final to defending champions Jamalco on October 14.
Defending champions Constant Spring completed a clean sweep of the 2012 JNBS-sponsored Masters League football competition last Sunday, defeating Nautica 3-0 in the league final at Winchester Park, St George's College.
They had previously won the KO final, the mid-season final as well as the champion of champions.
Former national player, Fabian Watkins, opened the scoring in the 12th minute, while Brenton Smith increased the score to 2-0 in the 25th minute after converting a penalty. Oneil 'Chippy' McDonald sealed the issue early in the second half for a resounding win.
General Accident won the Business House Netball Association's Senior League competition last Saturday, when they defeated former champions Scotiabank 46-41 in the final inside the National Arena.
General Accident, who led 22-20 at half-time, asserted their authority in the last quarter to beat arch-rivals Scotia, thanks to 36 points from 39 attempts from former national player Margaret Byfield-Lawrence (GS), and nine from national senior captain Nadine Bryan (GA).
Scotia's ace goal shooter, Marsha Murphy, scored 36 points from 44 attempts, but her efforts fell short in the end.
Last year's Division Two champions, Spanish Grain Store, blanked Scotia 'B' 3-0 in the Business House five-a-side football final (Division One) at the NWC playing field, Mona, last Sunday.
Juvaunni Benjamin sent the Hugh 'Bingy' Blair-coached Spanish Grain Store ahead in the first half, while Dean Phillips completed the rout with a double against their old rivals. Spanish Grain thus won the championship trophy and $60,000, with Scotia 'B' securing $30,000 for second place.
Significantly, both teams met in the Division Two final last year and Spanish Grain Store emerged champions.
In the Division Two final at the same venue, Food For The Poor clipped CariMed 1-0, thanks to a second-half goal from Dane Clarke.
Kavon Salmon from Spanish Grain Store was named Division One MVP, receiving $3,500 and a Falcoa football boots from Western Sports, while the Division Two MVP Dane Clarke received an identical prize. There were also cash prizes for the top scorers in divisions one and two, respectively - Jermaine Williamson from UDC and Cable Pro's André McFarlane.
Defending champions Scotiabank made it four wins from as many matches in the JNBS/Western Sports Norman Goodison Inter-bank football league last Sunday, drubbing BOJ 7-2 at Emmet Park.
Anthony Greenland led the way for Scotia with a hat-trick, while Jamoy Sibbles supported with a double. Andre Campbell scored both goals for BOJ.
In other fourth-round matches, RBC Royal Bank defeated CIDC/FCID 3-0 at Emmet Park, JNBS clipped Pan Caribbean 1-0 at the NWC grounds, and NCB defeated JMMB 5-1 with double strikes from Calneth Gray and George Clarke.
The competition continues tomorrow with four matches, including the feature match between Scotia and NCB at Emmet Park, starting at 4 p.m.
The new season of the Clarendon Football Association knockout competition will kick off on Monday, November 12. No sponsor has been secured.
There will be no opening ceremony/press conference and matches will be played on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Twenty teams will participate, comprising the parish's two Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) teams, Sporting Central and Humble Lion; the two South Central Confed participants, Spartan and Four Paths, 10 Major League and six Division One teams.
There will be four rounds, with the first featuring 16 teams. The two RSPL teams as well as the two Confed representatives will not enter the competition until the quarter-final round.
The finals have been earmarked for Wednesday, December 26, coinciding with a major fund-raising activity.
The second-round matches in the Howie Chin Memorial Manchester Football Association Prep School League will be played next Friday at Mount St Joseph School. Matches slated for this week had to be postponed due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy.
The competition is in its second year. It kicked off on October 19 at Belair Prep with three games. Mount St Joseph opened with a 4-0 win over Sacred Heart, before Emmanuel and El Instituto de Mandevilla battled to a 0-0 draw. The final game saw hosts Belair registering a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart.
A female component featuring seven-a-side teams has been added to this year's competition, with four schools taking up the challenge. In the opening matches, Belair defeated Mount St Joseph 2-1, while Emmanuel edged Carigape 1-0.
Defending champs Passagefort United and Westchester Rudiz earned the right to meet each other in the final of Colin Fagan-sponsored
Westchester Rudiz, with one loss all season, proved their worth after they rallied from an 11-point half-time deficit (126-115) to win on a canter (250-224) over Waterford United in a heated battle at the Garveymeade Sports Club. A spirited Rising Sun were defeated 250-229 by defending champs Passagefort United. The final is scheduled for Sunday, November 4.
Tomorrow, the bottom four teams will also play off for a trophy. Portmore Gardens All Stars and Portsmouth will play off at Ken's Wildflower Sports Bar and Lounge, while Ken's Wildflower and Cumberland face off at Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort.
Fifth-place Ken's Wildflower (nine points) face the fight of their lives to stave off elimination as they face red-hot Zone B leaders G.C. Foster (21 points) in the seventh and final preliminary-round match in the Wray & Nephew-sponsored Twenty20 Championships at Bridgeport Sports Club, at 10 a.m.
G.C. Foster have in their line-up Jamaica player Danza Hyatt, Dwayne Ewart and Patrick Wallace, all potential match winners. Ken's will counter through all-rounder Junior Stewart, batsman Smallie Brown, who made a decent 60 against Passagefort in a losing cause, and veteran spinner Myron Chin.
The veteran Ken's team made their job much harder as they had to forfeit four points, after they defeated Greater Portmore in an earlier game this season, but used too many Senior Cup players. The star-studded Bridgeview in Zone A suffered a similar fate, as after defeating Braeton Red Caps they lost the points for using too many Senior Cup players for that fixture. Ken's will have it all to play for, and a win still won't make them safe.
Third-place Greater Portmore (10) must play hard against Belmont (six) to ensure safe passage to the next round. Hamilton Gardens (seven) are still in with a chance as they can sneak through with a win over Silverstone (six), while second-place Colours International (17) face Passagefort (six).
In Zone A, Bridgeview should secure the fourth and final semi-final spot when they take on lowly placed Gregory Park at Hamilton Gardens grounds. Portsmouth (nine) are all but out unless they can beat the formidable Portmore Pines in a 2 p.m. game at G.C. Foster College. Braeton Red Caps should end their season on a losing note as they play semi-final-bound Washington at G.C. Foster in a morning game, while Zone leaders Reid's Pen (15) square off against Christian Gardens (five).
Dunbeholden registered the biggest margin of victory in the opening round of the LIME St Catherine FA Division One after they clobbered Watson Grove 6-1 at the Watson Grove playing field last Saturday.
Kevan McCarthy led the way for Dunbeholden with a hat-trick, scoring in the 10th, 47th and 63rd minutes, while Delamar Holness (23rd), Adrian Williams (65th) and Gregory Miller (83rd) added a goal each. Julius Johnson (88th) netted Watson Grove's consolation goal.
In other games, New Raiders, through goals from Garfield Francis (58th), Orlando Sterling (68th) and Damian Day (84th), blanked Hellshire 3-0. All the other games ended in a 1-1 draw. This included Spanish Town Police vs Travellers FC, Westchester vs Farm United and Upfront
President of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Sports Committee, Mark Williamson, is requesting representatives from all the churches interested in playing in the different sporting disciplines for the 2013 season to an important meeting at the PFM Church grounds on Saturday, November 3 at 3 p.m.This year, the committee successfully staged two competitions, cricket for men and netball for women. Old Harbour New Testament were the victors of the cricket league, while PFM topped the netball league. The purpose of the league is not only to expose the talent of church members, but also to convert non-believers, who make up a percentage of the teams.
Five matches are scheduled this afternoon in the St Catherine Major League football competition, following a two-day break due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy.
Promoted Old Harbour Bay United will tackle De la Vega City at the De la Vega City Community Centre. Old Harbour whipped Wanderers 3-0 to open their season last week and will want to maintain their early form, while De la Vega City drew 1-1 with Tru-Juice.
In other games, McCook's Pen host Christian Pen at Chedwin Park, Black Lion welcome Naggo Head at Irish Pen, Wanderers await DB Basovak at the Passagefort playing field, and Rodwood entertain Tru-Juice at Waterford High School playing field. Match time 3:30 p.m.
After a lengthy delay, Oneity and Duncans will battle for the title in tomorrow's final of the Fenley Douglas-sponsored Waterford Corner League football tournament at the Waterford playing field at 4 p.m.
The final should have been played last Sunday, but matters beyond the organiser's control pushed the match back to tomorrow. Oneity is the only team with a 100 per cent win record. They advanced to the final after defeating Wigton 3-1 in semi-final action recently. On the other hand, Duncans have been on a one-month break since they eliminated Cool Runnings 1-0 in their semi-final. Key players for Oneity's victory bid will be Xavier Harvey, Omar Washington and Dale Dixon, while Duncan's will depend heavily on Kemar Hall, their leading goalscorer.