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Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Teams parade prior to the opening ceremony for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) community netball league at the Hampstead Court in Hampstead, St Catherine, last Sunday.

Independence City

shock champs in INSPORTS/Chubby football

Independence City Primary carved out a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Portsmouth in the feature match of a double-header on the opening day of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League at Portsmouth Primary on Tuesday. Shevaughn Haynes scored the all-important goal for Independence City in the 52nd minute.

In the opening game at the venue, Bridgeport came from behind to draw 2-2 against Waterford. Jevin Parkinson (ninth) and Rocede Rose (11th) gave Waterford an early 2-0 lead, but strikes by Omarie Thompson (48th) and Jaheim McLeod (52nd) gave Bridgeport a share of the points.

More than $300,000 of combined investment from sponsor Jamaica Beverages and chief organiser the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)

has been pumped into this year's competition.

The competition is slated to culminate on December 4. Twelve teams, 240, players have been registered.

Jermaine Bibbons, brand manager, Jamaica Beverage, said the programme is ideal for its brand but also encouraged the participants to make full use of opportunities the competition provides.

"For Chubby, we are about fun, magic, and potential, and that's what we want you to enjoy during this competition," said Bibbons. "It is also very important to listen to your coaches, your teachers, and parents. You must fight hard to win but play fair. It's not all about winning because if you lose, it's not the end of the road."

Commending Jamaica Beverages for their support, Institute of Sports' media-relations officer Andrew Hancel said it is also important that players take a balanced approach towards the sport and academics.

"It is important to grab this opportunity because football can make you into millionaires, but academics is key," said Hancel. "Too often I've seen players like you with immense potential get left behind because they didn't see the importance of a good education.

"With education, a player is able to connect the other important factors required to play at a higher level, and remember, there is always life after football," he emphasised.

The competition continues on Tuesday. Kensington Primary won the dress parade. Jamaica Beverages, through its Chubby drink, is the main sponsors of the league.

Portsmouth make winning start in INSPORTS netball

Portsmouth made an impressive start in defence of their title as they rushed past Waterford 14-3 in a lopsided game in the second match of a double-header, as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Netball League commenced with opening games and a dress parade at the Kensington Primary School on Thursday. Portsmouth Primary won the dress parade.

Portsmouth jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after the first quarter and consolidated at 8-2 by half-time, then cruised through the rest of the game. Trishana Gray (10 goals) and Shakera Baker (four goals) led the victors' scoring. Jamalia Haynes scored all three goals for Waterford.

In the opening match, home team Kensington Primary defeated Belmont Park 6-1. Hanna-K Hobbs (four goals) and Nachrista Spencer (two goals) scored for Kensington. The competition continues on Wednesday.

Passagefort face Waterford in SE St Catherine domino

Defending champions and top-ranked Passagefort United will put their title on the line tomorrow in a do-or-die semi-final contest against arch-rivals Waterford in the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, sponsored by Member of Parliament, Colin Fagan, at Garveymeade Sports Club.

In another semi-final clash, number two ranked Westmeade Rising Stars will square off against nemeses Ken's Wildflower at Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort. Ken's Wildflower were soundly beaten by Westmeade, 250-214, in the final preliminary round match, so the rematch is expected to be a real tussle. Both games will begin at 1 p.m.

Spit Fyah, Giants in End-of-round domino final

Surprise team Giants will battle favourites Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League at the association's home, Melbourne Cricket Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, tomorrow, starting at noon.

Both Spit Fyah, which won the mid-season final against veteran club Caribbean Classic, and Giants, ended the round on 32 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Spit Fyah (57 points) once again defeated second-place Caribbean Classic (53 points), 300-295. Third-place Giants (50 points) cut down Small Axe, 300-228. The quarter-finals of the league will be played on Sunday, November 15.

Portmore Division

Two football kicks

off tomorrow

The Portmore Football League (PFL) will kick off its 2015-16 football season with a uniform parade and opening matches in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two at Cedar Grove playing field, tomorrow, beginning at 12 noon.

There will be a uniform parade of all eight teams and a meet-and-greet session with officials of the PFL and sponsors.

At 1:00 p.m., Braeton FC tackle Cumberland. In the feature, at 3:00 p.m., Cedar Grove and Edgewater will lock horns in what is expected to be a keen battle.

Last year's champions, Hellshire United, have been promoted to the St Catherine Division One competition.

GC Foster, Federal

United clash

GC Foster and Federal United will look to secure their second win in as many matches as the teams go head-to-head at GC Foster College, in the St Catherine Major League football competition, this afternoon, at 3:00 p.m.

In another game today, Portsmouth oppose Tru-Juice at Portsmouth Primary School.

In matches played recently, Federal United blanked Frasziers Whip 3-0, GC Foster beat Newland 3-1, Dela Vega City tagged Portsmouth 2-0, Old Harbour Bay clipped Royal Lakes 2-1, Tru-Juice edged Dunbeholden 1-0, Christian Pen and New Raiders drew 0-0.

NHT, Courts capture

BH basketball titles

The curtain came down on the Business House Basketball Association three-on-three competition with National Housing Trust (NHT) and Courts capturing the division one and two titles, respectively.

On Wednesday, at the Stadium Courts, NHT dethroned defending champions Grace Canning, 3-2, in the best-of-five finals, winning the deciding game, 42-34, in what was a closely contested series.

On Monday, Courts defeated Sagicor, 37-25, in game four to capture the division two title, 3-1.

Lamey leads Scotia to Ninth Interbank title

Two goals from former national player, Kevin Lamey, led defending champions ScotiaBank to a 3-2 win over National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Interbank football league final at Winchester Park last Sunday. Scotiabank were winning the title for the ninth consecutive year.

Lamey opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but Sheldon Maragh found the equaliser for NCB in the 21st minute. Lamey then made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.

Donovan Hibbert scored from 30 metres out to make it 3-1 midway the second half. Andre Messam pulled back a goal for NCB in the 79th minute.

Scotia played tough defence to hold NCB at bay in the closing stages.