Professor Reed Sunahara, the coach from the United States who was sent by the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation to assist the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) with its programmes, concluded his visit with a bang when he assisted the coaching staff of the national women's team to secure victory in Group E of the 2014 Women's World Volleyball Championship qualifier at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Teachnology from November 29-30.
Sunahara, who is no stranger to victory at the highest level, having led the US women's and Under-18 teams to PanAm and Continental Championship titles, respectively, arrived in Jamaica on November 1 and spent the month assessing JaVA's strategic plans. He also helped to improve the technical and tactical approach to playing the game at all levels, with the majority of his attention devoted to JaVA's U-13 programme, as well as the senior male and female teams.
"My stay in Jamaica was very good," stated Sunahara. "I'm actually hoping to come back next year if NORCECA will support it. Jamaica has a solid plan for the future, but needs investment to realise some of the plans sooner rather than later."
Major Warrenton Dixon, president of JaVA, was full of praise for the American international coach.
"Reed is more than just an international coach, he has become my friend. He really cares about the development of the sport in Jamaica, and has made invaluable contribution to the knowledge and skill base of several of our coaches, children and adult players," said Dixon.
"I would love to have him come back to Jamaica to continue the initiatives he started. We are very thankful to NORCECA for this and other assistance we have been receiving."
Sunnahara is considering returning for another month in May 2013.
The final pool tournament of 2012, the Worthy Gold Pre-Xmas double elimination extravaganza, is scheduled for the weekend of December 15 and 16 at the Mystix Sports Bar, 78 3/4 Hagley Park Road, starting at 2 p.m. both days.
The tournament offers a first prize of $100,000, second $35,000, third and fourth $10,000 each, while players finishing from fifth to eighth place will each receive $3,000.
Entry fees are $3,500 for men and $2,500 for women. However, if entry fees are paid by today, December 8, the cost will be reduced by $500. Late entry fees are $4,000 for men, $3,000 for women.
The last tournament held in Negril on the weekend of November 25-26 was won by Gary Manning, one of the elite players islandwide, who are expected to contest the Worthy Gold tournament.
Defending Pattex Cup champions Eagles and Wray & Nephew champions Rowe's Strikers scored identical 6-3 wins over Olympic Strikers and Mr C 'B' in Olympic Gardens last Sunday in the third round of the nine-a-side skittles competition.
In addition to the unbeaten Eagles and Rowe's Strikers, other winners were former champions Eastern All-Stars and Waltham Strikers.
Eastern All-Stars clipped home team Starliner 5-4 at Waltham Park Road, while Waltham defeated Mr C 'A' 6-3.
All eight teams in the competition will journey to Mr C in Spanish Town (Brunswick Avenue) for the Super Sunday matches tomorrow.
The feature match will pit the two recent champions, Eagles and Rowe's Strikers, in a 'grudge' match. Rowe's defeated Eagles some months ago in the Wray & Nephew White Overproof final.
Gareth Henry took the 'Triple Crown' at this year's All Jamaica (senior) Badminton Championships, which ended last Sunday at the Constant Spring Golf Club's racquet complex.
Henry defeated Garron Palmer in the singles, then teamed with him to take the doubles from Dennis Coke and Anthony McNee. Gareth and his sister, Geordine Henry, then won the mixed doubles by default when Palmer, who had hobbled though the final game of the men's doubles, was not able to join his partner Christine Leyow-Mayne on court for the mixed doubles final. Palmer was by then suffering from serious leg cramps.
National junior champion, 16-year-old Katherine Wynter, added the senior title to her resume when Alya Lewis, down 6-1 in the third and deciding game, was unable to continue due to a painful arm injury. Wynter's attempt at a double was thwarted by veterans Christine Leyow-Mayne and Trinidadand Tobago's Olympian, Debra O'Conner, who turned back Wynter and her partner Ruth Williams 21-4, 21-12.
Exceptional International were the first new team to register a win in the 2012-13 campaign in the Portmore/St Catherine Domino League as they easily defeated Colours Sports Club 300-274 last Sunday.
In other games, last year's beaten finalist Island Special Constabulary Force beat
Cumberland FC will take the field tomorrow afternoon in the LIME Portmore Division Two football league against Silverstone at home at Cumberland High School playing field. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Cumberland were in last season's Dvision One competition, but were demoted because of a lack of form coupled with their abandonment of a number of matches.
In the second game of the double-header at 3 p.m., Braeton United face East Portmore Portals in a match that should offer some excitement.
Upfront United (three points) will aim to collect three valuable points as they welcome Portmore's Hellshire United (three points) in the St Catherine FA Division One at the Pollyground playing field at 3 p.m. Hellshire lost their first three games of the season, but bounced back after they blanked bottom club Blackpool (two points) 3-0, thanks to Rohan Cato's double strike.
Tomorrow, Cato will again carry Hellshire on his back, but will be banking on support from Mark Knight. Upfront, on the other hand, have only lost one match, but have drawn three games thus far. In other matches, Travellers FC host Westchester at Cheesefield, while Blackpool challenge Watson Grove at Ewart Community Centre field.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) will stage the National Cross Country Championship on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Manchester Golf Club, commencing at 10:30 a.m. The event will see the island's top junior and senior athletes competing for a spot in the 10th NACAC Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Manchester Golf Club, Jamaica.
The Bull Investments Golden League (over 45) football competition, now in its 10th year, will be launched at Barbican playing field today with three matches. The first two will be played at 3 p.m. and the third at 5 p.m. Each match lasts for an hour and at 4:30 p.m. there will be an opening ceremony.
Today's schedule reads: Christian Ambassadors vs Cavalier at 3 p.m., Barbican vs Wonders at 3 p.m., Real Mona vs Packers, last year's knockout champions, at 5 p.m.
The competition continues tomorrow at the same venue with four matches, the first two also beginning at 3 p.m., followed by the last two, which will be played at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday's fixture reads: Kingston CC vs Kush at 3 p.m., Harbour View vs Pelican at 3 p.m., Shortwood vs Eastern at 4:30 p.m., Santos vs St George's College Old Boys at 4:30 p.m.
Villa Road were crowned champions of the 2012 Insports/Manchester Junior High football competition after playing to a 0-0 draw with Mandeville at Church Teachers' College on Tuesday.
Mandeville, with 18 points and in need of a big win to have any chance of topping the competition, never threatened seriously for the 90 minutes, while Villa Road, who led the standing entering the final round on 21 points, were content with how the proceedings went, knowing that a draw was sufficient. Villa Road ended the campaign unbeaten and only dropped points in their draw with Mandeville.
Twenty players have been selected to the Junior High All Stars team that will be competing in the Manchester Under-15 competition in February next year, said Baron Watson, Insports' sports officer for the parish.
According to Watson, the All Stars will commence camp this weekend with a practice match versus their counterparts from St Elizabeth Technical High School.
Watson said with the absence of former long-serving sponsor Windalco, funding has been a major concern. But he remains optimistic that the business community in the parish will realise the potential benefits and support this programme, which has been a feeder for many established high schools in central Jamaica.
An unbeaten 85 from Troy Williams carried Williams Town to victory over Good Hope in the Raymond Pryce/INSPORTS Community T20 cricket competition at Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, on Sunday.
Williams Town were declared winners due to a faster run-rate as they reached 135 for four from 11 overs, after Good Hope posted 175 for four from 20 overs at the Abraham Community playing field. Kasson Mills led the batting for Good Hope with a top score of 66 not out.
Earlier, home side Abraham were awarded maximum points after Northampton failed to show for their scheduled encounter.
The competition continues tomorrow.