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Published:Saturday | March 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Christian Pen, Hamilton Gardens lock horns

Second-place Christian Pen (22) and fourth-place Hamilton Gardens (14) lock horns in a key encounter in the E-Services-sponsored Portmore Division two football league in the opening match of a double-header at 1 p.m. at the Racing football field tomorrow.

In the second match at the venue at 3 p.m., leaders Racing United (25) hunt their ninth win of the season as they tackle fifth-place, Westport (12). Third-place Watson Grove (19) should get the better of last-place Hellshire United (five) in the opener at the Watson Grove football field at 1 p.m., while strugglers Braeton United (seven) and Daytona (seven) do battle at 3 p.m. in the feature match at that venue.

Cumberland aim for another win

Leaders Cumberland (16) aim for a league-leading sixth win in seven tries when they take on last-place Waterford (five) in the feature match of a double-header in the Colin Fagan-sponsored Leander Marshall/Portmore Under-13 football league this afternoon at the Passagefort playing field. Kick-off time is 1 p.m. In the second game at the venue, fourth-place Daytona (nine) clash with third-place Wanderers (12) at 2:45 p.m. Meanwhile, Arlington (seven) and second-place Passagefort (13) are idle today.

In last week's sixth round, Passagefort suffered their first loss of the season, going down 3-1 to Arlington, while Cumberland whipped Wanderers 4-1 and Daytona thrashed Waterford 3-0.

Camperdown top chess tourney

Defending champions Camperdown High clinched their sixth hold on the National Schools Chess Championship title with a convincing 3.5-0.5 victory over Rural Area Champions St Catherine High, in the all-island final held at Campion College last Saturday.

Camperdown took an early 2-0 lead in the match, after Tewana Mellace and Creg Johnson easily dispatched St Catherine's Nathan Hinds and Kyle Doctor on boards 3 and 4, respectively.

Meanwhile, at the awards ceremony, Camperdown took home most of the awards.

They garnered the National Championship Trophy, Best Corporate Area Team, Best Board One - Dayvian Grant; Best Board Three - Tewana Mellace; Board Four - Creg Johnson, and Most Valuable Player - Tewana Mellace.

St Catherine High took home the runner-up trophy and the trophy for winning the Rural Area Championship, while Glenmuir's Roggae Lewis was adjudged the best Board 2 player. Wolmer's Girls copped the Best Female Team award.

James, Ziadie stamp class

Recently, it has been all about Rex James and Judy Ziadie stamping their class on the local bridge scene and defeating all comers. They followed up last week's incredible joint-winning performance in the Kurt Reisinger Trophy by putting together yet another round of over 60 per cent to win Monday night's leg of the Horace Payne Memorial from Winston Chin-You and Audley Astwood (59.24 per cent). Making a rare appearance these days, the veteran pair of Maurice Clarke and Herbert Gauntlett (56.10 per cent) was third.

James and Ziadie (59.72 per cent) were finally knocked off their perch in Wednesday night's leg of the Dr David Levy Trophy by Marlene Fulford, who was in that Kurt Reisinger tie, and Monica Cools-Lartigue, whose 62.50 per cent round relegated the big pair to second place. Wayne Chai Chong and Karl Lee (55.56 per cent) finished third.

Dunbeholden, Cumberland in

crucial clash

Joint second-place team Dunbeholden (25) and fifth-place Cumberland (23) meet in a

crucial clash at the Dunbeholden football field tomorrow, in the 15th round of The Captain's Bakery & Grill-sponsored St Catherine Major League, at 3 p.m. A win for Dunbeholden will see them in a good position to advance to the semi-finals, while a loss for Cumberland will see them struggle to get to the next round.

Fourth-place Flamingo (24) are expected to move their points tally to 27, as they have already relegated Rodwood (seven) to play at the Waterford High School. De la Vega United, on 22 points with three games to go, are anxious for a win against struggling DB Basovak, at Homestead, to stay close to the lead pack, while Albion United (18), with four games in hand, meet out-of-contention Spanish Town Police at the Police Academy. Top team Portsmouth (30) and second-place Black Lions are idle today. With most teams having only one match after today's round, there will be some interesting battles today.

Rural TT at final stage

The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Table Tennis rural finals will be contested at Manchester High on March 16.

In Wednesday's girls' under-19 semi-finals, reigning national champions Glenmuir blanked Titchfield 3-0 to progress to the finals, where they will join St Mary High and Belair in round-robin play-offs.

Glenmuir under-16 girls also qualified for the finals as they defeated Titchfield 3-1, and will join defending champions St Mary High and Manchester in the finals.

In boys' under-16, DeCarteret College drubbed Titchfield 4-1 to book their place. They will join defending champions St Mary High, Belair, Glenmuir and St James High in the finals.

In the under-19 boys' section, Manchester and St Mary Technical advanced as Manchester blanked St Thomas Technical 5-0 and crushed St Mary Technical 4-1 to place first; and St Mary Technical trounced St Thomas Technical to finish in second place. They will join defending champions St Mary High, Belair, Glenmuir and Titchfield in the finals, where six teams will be divided into two groups, with the group winners tackling each other for the title.

Eagles still lead skittles competition

Eagles extended their unbeaten run in the Pattex Cup skittles competition last Sunday when they defeated Mystix 8-2 at Mystix Sports Bar, Hagley Park Road.

They have now won 16 consecutive matches, stretching from the Wray & Nephew White Overproof competition last year.

In other matches played last Sunday at Mystix, Dragon whipped Portmore-based Meadowvale 9-2, while second-place Eastern All-Stars defeated Rowe's Strikers 7-4.

The points standings in Zone 'A' (seeded teams) are as follows: Eagles 90 from seven matches, Eastern All-Stars 82, Rowe's Strikers 34, Mystix 32, Dragon 30, Starliner 20 and Meadowvale still without a victory.

In Zone 'B' action at Mystix on Sunday, leaders House of Peace beat Waltham Strikers 8-3, Olympic Strikers stopped The Dip 7-4, and second-place Mister C drubbed Mercury 8-3 in the Spanish Town derby.

Meanwhile, the 2010 Henkel-sponsored Sista singles championship was launched at Mystix last Sunday, and the opening round will commence tonight at Mystix, starting at 7:00, with over 50 players having entered so far. On Sunday, the first ball was cued off by Stephen Cowan, country manager at Henkel.