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Decision time in York Pharmacy KO
Decision time beckons as semi-final action gets underway in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow at the Racing field in Gregory Park, Portmore.
Bridgeport, the dark horse in the competition, take on Racing United in the feature matchup at 3 p.m. Based on form, Racing should beat Bridgeport easily, but in a knockout competition anything can happen. In the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m., Daytona battle Braeton United.
Braeton, Greater Portmore grab semi-final spots
Braeton United and Greater Portmore scored big wins as they qualified for the semi-finals of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league last Sunday. Braeton (13 points) whipped Bridgeport 5-0 to finish third in the preliminaries, while Greater Portmore spanked Westport 5-2 to claim the fourth and final spot.
Cedar Grove topped the standings with 17 points, as they drew with second-placed Hellshire 1-1. The semi-finals will be played at a date to be announced.
Over 50 coaches certified in JASA clinic
The Jamaica Amateur Softball Association (JASA), in collaboration with Softball Canada, hosted a training and certificate clinic at MICO University College between Friday, February 6 to yesterday. At the end, over 50 coaches were certified Level One and Level Two instructors. Tracey Blanchard and Lisa Down from Softball Canada led the coaches through skills, drills and game situations over the week-long course.
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, to the extent that Jamaica achieves international recognition.
JASA also intends to partner with the Inter-Secondary Schools' Sports Association (ISSA) to regulate the sport at the secondary level. This requires all coaches to be certified. Thirty coaches were certified at an earlier clinic last December.
Classic leads the way
Caribbean Classic maintained their lead atop the standings by copping eight straight wins in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday. Classic now have maximum 32 points after their easy 300-244 win over Eradication. In other games, Fort International defeated Correctional Services 300-287, Right Stuff outlasted Exceptional International 300-294, Feluchi Strikers downed Garveymeade 300-268, Eagle View stopped Passage Fort 300-254, third-placed Masterpeice (26 points) beat Memory Lane 300-249, Cookies International rushed past Colours Sports Club 300-246, and Chedwin Strikers defeated Naggo Head 300-276. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.
Hellshire community football launched
The Hellshire Seven-A-Side Community Football League was officially launched at the Portmore Municipal Council (PMC) office last Wednesday, with sponsorship from Prevancer Protection & Security Services to the tune of $600,000.
The company's CEO, Vanrick Preddie, made mention of his company's goals of unifying the people of Hellshire. Leon Thomas, the acting Mayor of Portmore, said the competition is geared at unity.
"The intention is to bring the communities together so that people who live in Hellshire know the people who live in Greater Portmore," he said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Fitz Jackson, member of parliament for South St Catherine, while reiterating the important role discipline plays in selling the competition to the masses.
Ten teams will be participating; six from Greater Portmore and four from Hellshire. The opening ceremony, uniform parade and opening game will take place at Five West, Greater Portmore, tomorrow, at 3 p.m.
Prize money is $100,000, along with medals and trophies. The competition is scheduled to finish on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at a venue to be confirmed.