Five-time champions Scotiabank Group swept the major prizes at the annual presentation awards ceremony of the 2012 Norman Goodison inter-bank football competition at the Bank of Jamaica Auditorium on Wednesday evening.
In addition to winning the Western Sports-sponsored inter-bank league for a fifth consecutive year, Scotia 'A' copped awards as five-a-side opening rally champions, as well as other trophies for having won the dress parade and being adjudged the most disciplined team.
In the individual awards categories, it was much of the same. Scotia's sharpshooter, Jamoy Sibbles, who now represents Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League, capped the leading goalscorer award with 15 goals. He was also the league's MVP, while teammate Anthony Greenland, who plays for Rivoli in the South Central Super League, captured the top goalscorer award for the five-a-side competition with six goals, and teammate Richard West was cited five-a-side MVP.
Scotia's Damion Crooks won the goalkeeping award, Neville 'Bertis' Bell (Coach of the Year) and Diana Polack (Manager of the Year), both under the Scotiabank umbrella.
Beaten finalists Bank of Jamaica took home the runners-up trophy for the league, as well as the dress parade, while Sagicor Bank received the runners-up award for the five-a-side rally.
Carl Chang, chief executive officer of Western Sports, the league's title sponsor, received a special award from the Inter-Bank Football Association for his contribution to the competition from the association's president, Livingstone Morrison.
Others awards went to referees Everton Barrett, Walworth Duncan and Rolanzo Bennett, as well as members of the media for their support. Most recipients of prizes received gift certificates courtesy of Western Sports.
Guest speaker was Myrtle Halsall, senior deputy governor, Bank of Jamaica, who stressed the importance of "wellness at the workplace and the benefits derived from sports".
Kirk White, second vice-president Inter-Bank Football Association, moved the vote of thanks.
The eight-ball and nine-ball pool tournament to be played in two phases, takes place at Hot Shots Pool Bar, 120A Constant Spring Road on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27.
Phase one will be confined to B-class players and lower only, with a first prize of $30,000 (best-of-five final), second $10,000 and third $5,000, while phase two will be confined to A, B & C players (best-of-seven final) for a first prize of $30,000 as well.
Entry fee for both is $1,500, re-entry $800. However, B-class players and lower can enter both tournaments for $2,400.
These represent the first in a series of six monthly tournaments to be hosted by Hot Shots.
The 3-on-3 Business House basketball awards presentation function, which was scheduled for tonight at the Police Officers' Club, Hope Road, has had to be postponed once again.
This was disclosed by an official spokesman for the Business House Basketball Association on Thursday afternoon, noting that the association is experiencing difficulties in securing adequate sponsorship for the function.
Grace Canning emerged division one champions last November, while Gleaner Stars won division two, having won 26 of their 27 matches.
The UTech T20 Cricket Classic, which commenced on Wednesday, continues today and ends tomorrow at UTech ground, Old Hope Road. On Thursday, Mico defeated UWI with former Jamaica Under-19 player, Shacoya Thomas, scoring 76 for Mico.
Three teams - defending champions Eagles, Rowe's Strikers and Eastern All-Stars - have qualified for the semi-final of the Henkel-sponsored Pattex Cup skittles competition, following matches in the penultimate round last Sunday at two venues.
At Mister C Skittles Club in Spanish Town, Rowe's Strikers defeated Olympic 6-3, while Eagles stopped Mister C 'B' 5-4 at the same venue, both winners advancing from Zone A.
In the second set of matches at Starliner, Waltham Park Road, Eastern All-Stars defeated Waltham Strikers 6-3 to top Zone B, while home team Starliner defeated Mister C 'A' 6-3 to keep their hopes alive.
The final preliminary round matches will be played tomorrow, with Eagles vs Olympic Strikers and Rowe's Strikers vs Mr C 'B', both at Mercury Skittles Club, Old Harbour, while Eastern will oppose Starliner and Mr C 'A' vs Waltham, both at Mystix Sports Bar, Hagley Park Road. Match time is 2 p.m.
Leaders Racing United (nine points) will vie for their fourth win of the season when they take on bottom club Braeton United (one point) in the opening game of a double-header in the LIME Portmore Division Two football league, at Greater Portmore High School playing field at 1 p.m.
Last Sunday, Racing romped past Silverstone 3-0, courtesy of a double from Kadeem Barrett and Paul Walker. Racing have multiple goalscorers - from the defence line to forwards - and if Braeton should lapse they could pay dearly. In the feature at 3 p.m., third-place Greater Portmore (six points) come up against inconsistent East Portmore Portals.
At Cumberland playing field, the homesters will host second-to-last Garveymeade (two points) at 1 p.m. in a match they should win, while at 3 p.m., Silverstone face a tough opponent in second-place Bridgeport (seven points).
Christian Pen and Old Harbour Bay United will contest tomorrow's LIME St Catherine FA Major League mid-season final at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 7 p.m.
The mid-season final offers the Portmore side an opportunity for instant revenge, after Old Harbour Bay inflicted Christian Pen's first loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat away at the Soya field.
Christian Pen are atop Zone B with 17 points from eight games, four clear of second-place Flamingo (13), while Old Harbour Bay lead Zone A on 16 points from eight games, two ahead of second-place Tru-Juice. Christian Pen's hopes lie in the form of top striker Devon 'Brazil' Wilson, while Marvin Jones, Sheldon Sharpe, Fabian Whyte and Azana Cornwall will offer support. Old Harbour will counter through the likes of Jason Grant and Okarye Francis.
In the Division one mid-season final, Albion, with schoolboy Tavoy Morgan in their line-up - with 13 goals from eight matches - oppose Portmore's Dunbeholden at 4 p.m. Dunbeholden lead Zone A with 15 points from eight games, two ahead of New Raiders (13 points), while Albion have 21 points in Zone B, eight clear of second-placed Windsor Lion.
Five teams, including defending champions Right Stuff (16 points), will be looking to keep their unbeaten record in the Portmore/St Catherine domino league, as the competition moves into its fifth round tomorrow.
The others include former champions Caribbean Classic, Fort International, which have 16 from five games, Eradication, which have 16 points from four games and Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) (12 points). Right Stuff have an easy assignment against visitors Caymanas Track on their home turf in Cedar Grove; Caribbean Classic should reel off their fifth win of the new campaign as they host Ken's Wildflower at Portmore Avenue, in Portmore Gardens; Eradication will be tested as they entertain arch-rivals Hurricane at Gregory Park; while ISCF have a good chance of copping a fourth win of the new season as they host newcomers Highlight Strikers at Port Henderson Road.
In other games, Prozz and Connz play Westchester at their Marlemount home; Colours Sports Club entertain Masterpiece at Port Henderson Plaza; Black Rooster face Spring Village at McCook's Pen; Eagle View are back in Braeton and will welcome Correctional Services in what is expected to be a fairly tough encounter, at Mango Tree Plaza, Braeton Road; while the best new team thus far, Exceptional Strikers, play Passagefort United at Adelaide Street in Spanish Town.