Westchester on top
Westchester are the early leaders in the LIME/York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league after two rounds. They notched their second straight win on Sunday, defeating Hellshire United 2-1. With the win, Westchester progressed to six points from two games.
Braeton United inched to second on four points, as they stopped Greater Portmore 2-1. Greater Portmore lie third on three points. Fourth-place East Portmore Portals (two points) have not scored a goal in two games, as they were held 0-0 by Bridgeport, which have one point. Hellshire United are at the bottom on zero.
Jamaica Baseball Association targets youth
The Jamaica Baseball Association and the International Little League Association are currently on a drive to increase the number of persons in Jamaica playing the game. Only recently, they joined forces and hosted a baseball extravaganza at Ascot Primary School. Students participated in training and competitive sessions and, along with teachers, they were also taught the basic rules and techniques of the game.
"It was a lot of fun and excitement for all participants," Errol Matthias, the coordinator said. "We also informed the schools about the future of baseball in Jamaica and an upcoming league for primary and preparatory schools."
Petrojam sweep BH football awards
Repeat triple champions Petrojam were the toast of the recent KSAFA/Western Sports Business House football awards presentation inside the Red Stripe Vibes Room, sweeping all the major trophies on the night.
For the fourth consecutive year, Petrojam's captain Jotham Watson received the Division One trophy on behalf of the team, which also won the KO competition and Raymond Quallo Memorial Challenge Shield, whipping Division Two champions Jamaica Fire Brigade 5-1. They defeated Scotiabank 2-0 in the Division One final.
If that wasn't enough, Petrojam secured a fourth trophy for having emerged All-island Champion of Champions, beating rural champions Couples Sans Souci from St Ann 1-0.
Petrojam also won the one-day five-a-side rally at the start of the season. Ainsworth Ennis was named Coach of the Year as well; Robert Blake, Manager of the Year; Ramone McGreggor (MVP Division One final) and Andrew Christie (MVP for KO final) to complete the Petrojam sweep.
Other awards went to Fire Brigade's goalkeeper Estra Pingling (MVP of the Division Two final), while Godfrey Lothian, president of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association, was this year's recipient of the Abe Alexander Award for his contribution to football.
Guest speaker was FLOW's vice-president for marketing, Donovan White.
Scotia are Inter-bankfootball champions again
Scotiabank won the Norman Goodison Western Sports Inter-bank football competition for the sixth consecutive year, following a 5-2 victory over Jamaica National Building Society at Winchester Park, recently.
Although not at full strength for the final due to the absence of their Premier League players - who had conflicting engagements - Scotia overwhelmed their opponents in the first half to lead 5-0 at half-time. Jeffrey Brown got a brace, while there was a goal apiece for Donovan Hibbert, Richard West and Christopher Buchanan.
Jamaica National lifted their game after the interval and outplayed their opponents for long periods, but faulty shooting let them down for the most part. However, they brought some respectability to the score by netting twice through Dyshone Clarke and Andral Dawkins.
Brown missed a penalty early in the second half when his spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Javon Spence, depriving him of a hat-trick.
Black Stars in St Elizabeth President's Cup final
Black Stars FC, formerly Black River, won the battle of St Elizabeth's top-ranked teams, defeating Appleton 3-2 on penalties to reach the finals of the President's Cup.
On Sunday, St Elizabeth journeyed to Appleton's home ground and striker Davian Ash scored twice to keep them in the contest as regulation and extra time ended in a 2-2 draw. Black River's opponents in the final will be decided tomorrow, when Holland take on Parottee at New Towne Community Centre in Black River.
Holland have been waiting for two weeks, as a ruling was needed from the competition's committee over a quarter-final matchup, which was not played, between Parottee and Middle Quarters. Parottee won that decision late this week.
Peter Bunting T20 League semis today
The semi-finals of the Peter Bunting Central Manchester T20 cricket league will be hosted today at Comfort Community Centre, starting at 10 a.m. Games on are Brokenhurst vs Central Strikers and Comfort vs Bombay.
Last weekend, defending champions Broadleaf were sent packing from the competition by Brokenhurst. Brokenhurst batted first and compiled 137 for seven, but the champions could only muster 99.
Favourites Comfort, who boast a number of Manchester parish senior players in their line-up, were too strong for Rhyde. After Lorenzo McDonald's half-century (57) piloted them to 133 for five, Rhyde were routed for a mere 25 as fast bowlers Neive McNally (six wickets for nine runs) and Stephan Patterson (three wickets for nine runs) wreaked havoc.
New champions in Howie Chin Memorial
Upsets were the order of the day as both the female and male finals of the Howie Chin Memorial Prep schools league in Manchester produced new champions.
In the final for girls, Charagape Prep, who finished fourth in the preliminaries, rose high to defeat defending champions Belair 2-0 on penalties after the two had battled to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
The boys' final was even more dramatic as Mount St Joseph, which dominated the preliminary phase and ended unbeaten, were finally beaten as they were dethroned by Belair, which won 1-0.
New Green, Kendal in Manchester KO final
Defending champions New Green will take on Kendal in the final of the Brumalia House-sponsored Manchester Knockout, which will be hosted at Kirkvine Sports Club tomorrow at 3 p.m.
In the semi-finals at Kirkvine, Kendal were 2-0 winners against Hillstars, while the defending champions easily ran past first time semi-finalists Greenvale 3-0. Extra time and penalty kicks will be used if necessary.
MRPC to host Rappa Pam Pam
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host its final tournament for the year, 'Rappa Pam Pam', next weekend at its Lincoln range. The mood will be celebratory, following the fantastic performance by a number of their shooters at last weekend's National pistol qualifiers, hosted at the Jamaica Rifle Association.
Four MRPC shooters were featured in the top 10 of the Limited section, including the first two places.
Next weekend's tournament will also feature free fun activities for children and food and refreshments for members of the public.