Defending champion Carlton Blake from Olympic Strikers made a successful start to the Henkel-sponsored Sistas Open Skittles Singles Championship at Bourbon House on Sunday, clipping his former teammate Rupert Bernard 3-2 in their best-of-five match.
As many as 64 players (including a handful of women) entered the open championships, while most of the women played among themselves in a similar tournament.
In addition to Blake, another former champion, Leslie 'Toothpick' Puranda from Eastern All-Stars, advanced at the expense of Olympic's Patrick Wallace, winning 3-1; while Keito Stephens from newly crowned league champions Mister C 'A' defeated former champion Keith Barrett from Eastern 3-1; and Waltham's Paul Latchman overpowered veteran Winston 'Jubby' Nevins from Starliner.
Other noted players advancing were Dane Jones and Clinton 'Fly up' Thompson from Eagles Strikers, Aubyn Flynn from Mister C 'A' and Karyl 'Chassy' Walker from Rowe's Strikers.
The second round of matches will be played tomorrow at the same venue, 133 Windward Road, starting at 1 p.m. The women's matches will see Paulette Barrett vs Jacinth 'Gigi' Kellier, Claudette Phoenix vs Iona Anderson and Camille Clarke vs Jehan Richards, while many of the top male players will be seen in action.
Denise 'Nicky' Lawrence, president of the the Jamaica Billiards Association, won the second weekly pool tournament put on by Hots Shots at 120A Constant Spring Road last Saturday, clipping Francine Cardoza 2-1 in a big clash.
This tournament was well supported with 17 entries, including some of the top women in the sport.
For her efforts, Lawrence received $5,000 and a trophy. Chynn Nichol, who won the first tournament last month, was beaten 2-1 by Lawrence in the semis.
The competition continues tonight at the same venue.
Clarendon won the Under-13 football competition recently when they defeated Harbour View 1-0 in the final at Liberty High School (formerly Priory).
The competition attracted six teams, including three teams from the Prep Schools Henriques Cup league.
Clarendon advanced to the final following a 2-1 win over All-Prep Yellow, while Harbour View drubbed All-Prep White 5-0 to earn their spot, but conceded an early goal in the final and could not equalise.
Four matches will be played in this weekend's fixtures in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Jacques Road six-a-side football competition.
The matches are: 2 p.m. - 114 United vs 12 Connection Strikers; 2:55 p.m. - One Knock vs Proper Striker Old Timer; 3:45p.m. - Knock It vs Ball College; 4:30 p.m. - HQ vs Happy Feet.
The 2013 instalment of the popular 'Gully League' one-day football tournament will be played on Easter Monday, April 1, at Braeton Phase Three gully, across from the Hellshire main road within proximity to the Texaco gas station. The league is sponsored by the Portmore Municipal Council and the winning side will gain $20,000. Entry fee is $1,200. Entries close on Thursday, March 28. The event is made possible through a collaboration between the Braeton Phase Three Police Youth Club and the man behind the Gully League, Orville 'Chippy' Irons.
The race for semi-final spots in the LIME Portmore Division Two heats up tomorrow, as a full slate of matches are scheduled.
With Greater Portmore already qualified and only two preliminary-round games left, five teams will fight for the the three remaining places. Leaders Greater Portmore (24 points) will have an easy task of either maintaining or extending their lead as they face bottom club Silverstone in the feature match at Ferdie Neita Park at 3 p.m. In the opening game at the venue, a late-surging Braeton United (17) square off with Garveymeade at 1 p.m. However, Braeton should not take second-to-last Garveymeade (eight points) lightly as they surprised hot team Greater Portmore 1-0 through an Oneil Frazier goal on Thursday.
At Racing playing field, home team Racing United (19) will have to come up trumps against a points-hungry Cumberland (17) in the feature at 3 p.m., while in the opener at 1 p.m., second-place Bridgeport (22) and third-place East Portmore Portals (21) will try to consolidate their positions near the top.
Favourites Albion United, with the most potent attack in the LIME, St Catherine FA Division One, were handed a shock 1-0 defeat by Farm United at Farm's home field in Rosemount on Sunday. It was just Albion's second defeat in 13 matches. They have already qualified for the semi-finals, after amassing 33 points in Zone A. Second-place team Windsor Lions (24) also lost 1-0 to third-place Travellers (23) and there is a tight race for the next semi-final spot in the zone.
In Zone B, New Raiders became the first semi-finalists from the group after they hammered lowly placed Upfront United 4-1. Chadrick Prawl (4th, 10th), Ricardo Wright (43rd) and Nicoy Saddo (90+3) scored for New Raiders, while Clyde Johnson (37th) netted for Upfront.
In other games, Watson Grove tagged Hellshire 2-0 to be third in Zone B on 18 points, four off Dunbeholden's points tally. Dunbeholden drew 0-0 with Black Pool to give Watson Grove a chance of a semi-final spot.
With four batsmen smashing tons from three different teams last Saturday, all eyes will be fixed on today's third week in the Power of Faith Ministries Church 20/20 Cricket League.
The big clash of the day is between joint leaders of Zone One, Old Harbour New Testament and Miracle
At Lime Tree Oval, one match will be played in Zone Two, as Fellowship Tabernacle (three points) play
Unbeaten Eradication (36 points), which lie second, will be tested by a formidable opponent, Caribbean Classic, in Gregory Park, in the 11th round of the Portmore/St Catherine Domino League. Classic are also on 36 points, but have played a game extra. Their only loss was against nemesis Fort International (300-281).
Fifth-place Prozz and Conns (30 points), currently on a high after a win over ISCF, should have an easy task against Caymanas Track in an away fixture. In other games (home teams named first), Masterpiece vs Spring Village, Correctional Services vs Passagefort United, Fort International vs Colours Sports Club, Exceptional International vs ISCF, Black Rooster vs Westchester Rudiz, Highlight Strikers vs Ken's Wildflower and Hurricane vs Eagle View. All games begin at 11:30 a.m.