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Scotiabank dominate football presentation
Champions Scotia dominated the recent Western Sports Inter Bank football presentation at the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Auditorium, capturing 12 awards.
These include the Norman Goodison Inter Bank League Trophy for the eighth consecutive year, the Bankers' Association Trophy for having won the five-a-side one-day rally, as well as Coach of the Year (Damion Gordon), Manager of the Year (Diana Polack), and MVP of the League (Stephan Bartley), the team captain.
Additionally, Jamoy Sibbles of the Scotiabank Group emerged joint winner of the leading goalscorer award, with Jamaica National's Kimani Young, both with six goals, while Scotia's Jabari Wallace copped the MVP award for the five-a-side competition and teammate Jermaine Gardner, the top scorer award with five goals in that competition.
Scotia also won the Champion of Champions Trophy, beating BoJ 3-1 in the final, while BoJ gained some measure of revenge by winning the Jamclear Cup, played among teams finishing from second to fourth in the league.
Joseph Heron was among five referees recognised by the Inter Bank League at the presentation.
PFM International top Cricket Fest
Portmore-based Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) International walked away with the inaugural Cricket Fest limited overs cricket title, following a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Race Course in the final at Jamalco Sports Club last Saturday.
Race Course batted first and made 114-6 in 15 overs. Jason Wedderburn, 23, and Thani Spencer, 22, made most runs for Race Course, against the bowling of Pete Salmon (4-16). In reply, PFM International cruised to 119-2 (13.1 overs). Orane Williams made 80 not out. At the end of the match, PFM International received the championship trophy while sponsors Western Sports provided brand-new bats to PFM International, Williams and Race Course's Thani Spencer for making most runs for their respective teams, and PFM International's Salmon got boots for his bowling exploits.
Portmore Division Two semi-final battle
Braeton United (10 points) and Greater Portmore (seven points) are almost set to advance to the semi-finals of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League as they have easy assignments against Bridgeport and Westport, respectively, in the final preliminary round matches.
Daytona (seven points) and Racing United (seven points) have slim hopes of making the semi-finals, and both will square off at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton. Already qualified Cedar Grove (16 points), which thumped four goals past Westport last week, clash with second-place Hellshire United (14 points), to see which club tops the preliminary round.
JASA hosts training and certificate clinic
The Jamaica Amateur Softball Association (JASA) is hosting a training and certificate clinic at The Mico University College. The clinic started yesterday and runs through to next Friday.
As part of its mandate, the executive members of JASA intend to develop the sport to the point where it becomes a major alternative for athletes and to the extent that Jamaica achieves international recognition. JASA also intends to partner with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association to regulate competition in high schools. This process requires the certification of all coaches. Thirty coaches were certified at a clinic last December.
Press launch for Hellshire football
The Portmore Municipal Council, headed by Acting Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, will host a press conference to announce details for the inaugural Hellshire Seven-A-Side Community Football League, starting at 6 p.m. Ten teams will be participating, six from Greater Portmore and four from Hellshire.
The opening ceremony, uniform parade and kick-off will take place at 5 West, Greater Portmore, on Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. Prize money will total $100,000, along with medals and trophies. The competition is scheduled to finish on Sunday, May 10, at a venue to be confirmed. The Institute of Sports officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas, and Rohan Rainford of the Social Development Commission, have been influential in the organisation of the competition.
Portmore defeat Tru-Juice in Major League
Portmore United defeated Tru-Juice 1-0 last Tuesday to continue their good form in the St Catherine FA Major League. In other games, Portsmouth whipped Old Harbour Bay United 5-1 in a surprise result, while New Raiders clipped De La Vega City 1-0. In Division One games, Bodles beat East Portmore Portals 1-0 and McCooks Pen and Travellers drew 0-0.
Holmwood to host first Manchester netball clinic
Holmwood Technical will host the first of four developmental clinics put on by the Manchester Netball Association (MNA) on Saturday, February 21.
The clinic will cater for the teams in the north west region of Manchester and particularly those around the Christiana belt. The MNA conducts its main league on a constituencywide basis, with teams zoned similarly in the preliminary phase. It is also a strategic way to get the individual member of parliament (MP) to fund an aspect of the programme.
According to MNA president, Kadeanne Holness, the clinics are designed to help teams prepare for the 2015 season, which will begin in March. The MNA conducts just one league. So far, it has been dominated by one team, Legendary United. Other clinics are tentatively slated for Royal Flat, Greenvale and Cross Keys.
In addition to the services of a specialist physical trainer, technical information will also be passed on by the leading coaches in the parish, at the clinics.
Pre-Florida Open in Manchester
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will host a competitive shooting programme dubbed 'Pre-Florida Open' tomorrow at its Lincoln range.
The event seeks to provide quality practice for the club's shooters, who will travel to the United States for the Valentine's weekend Florida Open. The Florida Open is traditionally the venue where most Jamaican shooters participate.
The MRPC is slated to send five shooters, including its top-ranked male Orville Henriques and female Sue Ann Henriques. Others like Owen Campbell, who copped the most improved shooter award for 2014, as well as experienced campaigners Thomas Jones and Ellsworth Dixon, are expected to make the trip.
Tomorrow's match will also serve as the organised monthly feature at the club.
However, several of the eight stages will mirror the ones released for the Florida Open. The round count for tomorrow's match will be 130.
Match time is 10:30 a.m.
Portmore lead St Catherine Major League
Former Premier League campaigners, Portmore United, hold a three-point lead over Tru-Juice in the St Catherine Major League.
Portmore's latest win - a 1-0 success - came in a top-of-the- table clash against Tru-Juice on Wednesday. Their 16 points have come from six games, with five wins and a draw.
They are, however, not the only team to remain unbeaten as third-place Newlands (11 points) and fifth-place G.C. Foster (nine) have not lost this season, albeit playing a game less.
In other midweek results, Portsmouth thumped Old Harbour Bay United 5-1 and New Raiders edged Dela Vega 1-0.
The only Major League game slated for this weekend is this afternoon's big clash between Portmore and sixth-place Old Harbour Bay United.
Interestingly, current Portmore coach, Linval Dixon, formerly coached Old Harbour. The full slate of Major League matches will be played next Tuesday.
Hillstars lead Manchester Major League
The cross-zone phase of the Manchester Major League was completed earlier this week with the teams in Zone Two occupying the top three spots.
After eight matches in the 12-team league, Hillstars lead with 15 points, followed by Comfort and Ricam Academy, who are both tied on 14 points.
The best-placed Zone One team is Greenvale on 13 points. They were responsible for the biggest surprise of the week, as Deron Morgan scored to give them a 1-0 win over Ricam. The loss for Ricam sliced them from the top of the standings, a position they held for two weeks.
In other results, Comfort defeated Alligator Pond 4-0, New Green and Kendal drew 1-1, and Porus edged Mile Gully 2-1.