In Your Neighbourhood
Gleaner beat NWC3-1 in BH football
Led by two goals from returning striker Fabian Nethersole, The Gleaner defeated National Water Commission (NWC) 3-1 in Division I of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Western Sports Business House football competition on Thursday afternoon at Winchester Park, North Street.
After a goalless first half in which The Gleaner looked more threatening in attack and missed a penalty, Nethersole, playing in his first match since April after being sidelined with injury, struck on the resumption in the 48th minute.
He made it 2-0 with another lethal strike in the 65th minute and although NWC pulled back a goal through Marlon Henry (penalty) six minutes later, The Gleaner sealed the issue when the diminutive Locksley Thompson scored in the 82nd minute.
Red Stripe beatJUTC in BH cricket
Red Stripe started the Best Dressed Chicken 30-over KO cricket competition for Business House teams on a winning note last Sunday, beating JUTC by 29 runs at the Red Stripe Oval, Spanish Town Road.
Batting first, Red Stripe raced to 212 for seven off their 30 overs - Richard Allen 60, Cleon Thompson 37, Marvin Darlington 35, and Andre Bryce 3-40. JUTC made 188 off 27.3 overs - former Jamaica youth cricketer Junior Stewart 75, Gary Pink 35, Glen Stultz 27; and Allen and Doran McLeod 2-41 each.
AT MONA BOWL: JNBS defeated BoJ by five wickets. BoJ were 106 all out off 28 overs - Paul Palmer 49, Raymond Ferguson 18, Courtney Dowdi 16; and Dexter Barnaby 4-15 and Shane Brooks 3-16. JNBS made 107 for five off 15.5 overs - Brooks 71 and Roy Williams 2-21.
In the third match played in Sunday's opening round, Sagicor defeated Digicel.
The action switches to the opening round of the Twenty20 competition tomorrow with three matches scheduled. These are Digicel vs BoJ at Kensington Park at 10 a.m., while two matches will be played at Red Stripe Oval - Red Stripe vs JUTC at 10 a.m. and JNBS vs Sagicor at 2 p.m.
St Ann capture Junior Cup polo
Defending champions St Ann Polo Club defeated Kingston Polo Club 8-4 at Drax Hall last Saturday to retain the Junior Cup. The Junior Cup competition dates back to 1908.
Craig Russell, who captained the St Ann team, and 16-year-old Tyler Vernon (son of Andy Vernon) scored three goals each for the champions, while Rachel Turner also scored three for Kingston.
In addition to Russell and Vernon, the St Ann team was completed by Lesley Fong-Yee and Rory Vernon. The Kingston team comprised Turner, Mitta Rousseau, Jonathan Dougall and Mark Chin.
St Ann Polo Club won the Senior Cup three weeks earlier. That competition dates back to 1907.
Spanish Grain Store win 2-0
Promoted Division II champions Spanish Grain Store blanked defending champions Peak Bottling 2-0 at last Saturday's launch of the KSAFA/Business House five-a-side football competition, which has attracted 64 teams.
Goals from Kimarley Simms and Premier League player Roberto Fletcher sealed the issue for Spanish Grain Store. Matches will continue from Monday to Thursday each week at the NWC field in Mona.
Meanwhile, Scotiabank won the dress parade yet again ahead of Lascelles and Kirk Distributors.
Eastern stop Rowe's Strikers at skittles launch
The Wray & Nephew White Overproof skittles competition was launched on Sunday at Bourbon House, 133 Windward Road, with former champions Eastern All-Stars beating Rowe's Strikers 6-4 in the feature Premier League match.
Eastern were playing competitive skittles at their new home, Bourbon House (formerly NCB Bank), near the corner of Windward Road and Mountain View Avenue. Former president of the Press Association of Jamaica, Desmond Richards, is the proprietor of Bourbon House.
In other matches played at the venue on Sunday, Mr C clipped Waltham Strikers 6-5 after both were locked at 5-5 going into the 11th and final game, while in Major League action, Lady Strikers crushed Mr C 'B' 6-1 and Olympic Strikers defeated Mystix 6-3.
The competition continues tomorrow afternoon with The Dip from Portmore vs Olympic at Bourbon House starting at 1:00, Eastern vs Waltham in the Premier League at 4:00, Lady Strikers vs Dragon at Mr C Spanish Town starting at 1:00, followed by Mr C 'B' vs Mystic at 4:00.
In the final set of matches, Starliner will oppose Mr C at Hughenden Plaza, while defending champions Eagles take on Rowe's Strikers in the second match at 4 p.m.
Portmore set to join semi-final group
Unless something extraordinary happens this afternoon, Portmore United, which faces Wanderers in a feature match today at the Cumberland playing field, are expected to join the trio of Cumberland, Daytona and Wanderers in the semi-finals of the LIME-Leander Marshall-sponsored Portmore Under-13 football league.
Fourth-place Portmore United (six points), which have a tough final preliminary round match against defending champs Wanderers (seven points) at 4 p.m., can afford a loss as they have a healthy goal difference after last week's 7-0 mauling of Westchester, helped by hat-trick of goals from Zidan Bogle and Raewin Senior.
Fifth-place East Portmore Portals (three points), which have a mathematical chance of progressing to the next round, will not have an easy task as they face already qualified Daytona (nine points) in the second game at the venue at 2:30 p.m. In another game,
100 kids for cricket camp in Portmore
Over 100 kids will participate in a Nestle Jamaica Limited-sponsored junior cricket camp for cricketers who will be competing in this year's Portmore Metropolitan Under-15 Cricket League at the Bridgeport sports ground, starting at eight o'clock this morning.
The camp, which comes under the Milo brand, is held under the umbrella of the newly formed Portmore Cricket Association and is hosted by the Portmore Metropolitan Cricket League (PMCL).
Hugh Hinds and Milton Thomas will be the main instructors. Addressing the event will be Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players' Association, Lyndel Wright, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association and Courtney Francis, president of PMCL. Meanwhile, Dr Michelle Holt will address the youngsters on proper nutrition.
DB Basovak swampFlamingo 9-0
Akeem Gibbons plundered all of five goals as DB Basovak swamped Flamingo 9-0 in a Group A match in the St Catherine Football Association Under-15 Football League last weekend.
Gibbons scored his goals in the 23rd, 31st, 56th, 59th and 70th minutes, while Dujohn Powell struck a double (8th, 13th) and Leon Silvera (42nd) and Jerue Ebanks (65th) completed the rout. The win moved DB Basovak to six points from three games.
In other Zone A games, leaders Windsor Lions (nine points) blanked St John's 3-0 and Black Lion edged Federal 2-1. Over in Group B, leaders Rivoli United (12 points) chalked up their fourth win in a row as they shocked the St Catherine Football Association Under-15 team 3-2; second-place New Raiders (seven points) had a similar 3-2 win over Village Linx, while De La Vega City drew 1-1 with Royal Lakes.
Portmore SDCCricket heats up
The Portmore leg of the all-island Social Development Commission (SDC) Community Twenty20 Cricket Tournament heats up with the playing of the final round-robin games in two venues in the Sunshine City today.
At the Portsmouth ground, semi-final bound Portmore Pines (six points), the Zone B leaders, take on Greater Portmore at 10 a.m., while at 2 p.m. Westchester battle Hamilton Gardens.
Over in Zone
In matches last week, Pines crushed Westchester by nine wickets. Andre Bryce was the star, as he snatched three wickets and made 42 runs. Westchester made 59 all out and Pines replied with 63-1. Bridgeport defeated Port Henderson by six wickets.
Port Henderson first made 107-8, then Colours replied with 110-4. Marlon Gardner top-scored with 37, while Delroy Morgan hit 33. Shane Brooks (3-21) took most wickets for Port Henderson.
Ken's Wildflower to defend Milo title
Ken's Wildflower are fine-tuning preparations as they seek a winning start against newcomers Portmore Pines in defence of the Christine Cummings Cup, as the Milo Portmore Metropolitan Under-15 Cricket League bowls off on Sunday, June 17, at the Bridgeport sports ground. Match time will be 11 a.m.
This match will precede an official uniform parade and opening ceremony at 10:00.
In other games, former champs Colours International take on Washington CC at Waterford High School, Portsmouth host Cumberland CC at the Portsmouth ground and Hamilton Gardens entertain Reid's Pen at Hamilton grounds. All games begin at 11 a.m.
Mile Gully Youth win Manchester U17
Mile Gully Youth prevailed over their sister-club Mile Gully FC in resounding fashion, hammering them 4-0 to win the Power Services Manchester FA Under-17 championships on Tuesday.
Mile Gully Youth is a mixture of youth from the community as well as players from the Mile Gully High School.They are coached by Dwayne Griffiths and Marlon Hylton.
In the semi-finals, Mile Gully FC had beaten Cross Keys 2-0, while Mile Gully Youth had a 3-0 victory over Hillstars. However, in the final played at Kirkvine Sports Club, Mile Gully FC were no match for the Mile Gully Youth team, winners of the C&D Construction and Engineering Under-15 League the previous year.
Scorers in the final were Steven Thomas (18th minute), Okief Richards (54th) and Alex Cummings (68th). Cummings, a left-sided defender, is a current member of the National Under-17 squad in training, along with his captain and the team's central midfielder, Oshane Mullings.
Edwards coaches Appleton to St Bess champions
Appleton FC crowned themselves champions of the Wray & Nephew-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League, after outlasting Black River FC 3-1 on aggregate following a two-way final.
The team is coached by Andrew Edwards, an assistant in the National Under-20 football programme, but also known in these parts as the former successful coach of St Elizabeth Technical. He is set to continue his successful stint in the parish, as he has already been hired to take on coaching duties at Munro College in Malvern.
Jamiel Sinclair's lone strike had given Appleton a 1-0 edge in the first leg.
Nikoy Smith scored in the 40th minute, before Edward Barrett made the tie safe with another goal in the 55th minute. Three nil up on aggregate, Duane Brown's strike for Black River in the 67th minute merely proved consolidatory.
Appleton, by virtue of being champions, will join Super Action as St Elizabeth's second representative in next season's South Central Confed Super League.
Holland lead in St Elizabeth Div 1
Holland are the clear leaders in the St Elizabeth Co-op Credit Union-sponsored St Elizabeth Division One football competition. Following a 2-0 win over Real Santa, Holland moved to 28 points; compiled from nine wins, a draw and three defeats.
Round Hill are in second place on 25 points after pipping Northampton 2-1. The defeat allowed Northampton to slip to fourth overall on 21 points. Third place is occupied by Haughton on 22 points after they outscored New Holland 3-1.
In other games from last weekend, Prospect outpaced Steppers 3-0, while Longwood and Treasure Beach played to a 1-1 draw.
Burnt Savannah, Holland Primary in final
Burnt Savannah Primary stayed on course to defend the St Elizabeth leg of the Institute of Sports National Primary School League as they are scheduled to meet Holland Primary in the parish final.
In the semi-finals earlier this week, Burnt Savannah got the better of Marie Cole Primary 3-0 with goals coming from Brandon Robinson, Roshana King and Ardene Chambers.
Holland swamped Lacovia 4-0 in their semi-final, with Roshawn Grant, Jacon Smith, Ronaldo Maitland and Martin James on the scoresheet. James is the leading goalscorer in the competition so far, netting seven goals.
Belair, St Thomas More in Middlesex Prep schools final
Belair of Manchester and St Thomas More of Clarendon qualified for the Scotiabank National Prep Schools Cricket competition, following similar semi-final victories on Thursday.
Belair, who won the Manchester leg of the competition after completing five victories, easily chased down the 127 posted by Monymusk from their alloted 20 overs.
Kershan Wright with a top score of 39 and Romaine Silva with 29 were the backbone of the Monymusk innings, as they were involved in a 77-run fourth-wicket partnership. Michael Stephenson was the top wicket taker for Belair, snaring four, with good support coming from Justin Reid and Shamar Robinson with two wickets each.
Belair lost three wickets with Akeem Davis getting a top score of 33. However, Monymusk sent down a whopping 57 extras, mainly wides, which are credited as two for each.
St Thomas More of Clarendon successfully chased down the 137 all out posted by Carigappi of Manchester. Malcolm Willis was the top scorer with 30, while there were three wickets for Femi Harris and two each for Jamoy Jackson and Orville Mitchell.
When St Thomas More batted, they were also aided by a lot of extras. Jevoney Diah (23) and Harris (21) were the main contributors with the bat.
Manchester U13 continues today
The second round of the Manchester Under-13 competition will be hosted today at Brooks Park starting at 10 a.m.
The competition was inaugurated last weekend by the Manchester FA in an effort to boost its performance in the annual summer South Central Junior League, sponsored by Juici-Patties. This age group has been dominated by St Catherine and Clarendon over the years.
C&D Engineering, who also sponsors the Under 15 competition, are main sponsors. Only five teams - Mile Gully FC, Mandeville United, Kendal, Mile Gully Youth and Ricam Strikers are participating. However, Dalton Wint, the Manchester FA president, argued that it was more important to begin the competition rather than focus on the number of teams. This, he said, will be improved for next year.
Two games were played last week Saturday. Mile Gully Youth and Mandeville United played to a 0-0 draw, while Mile Gully FC cantered to a 6-0 win over Kendal. Kimani Blake scored a hat-trick in that game.
Longsville Park in Clarendon Div 1 second round
Longsville Park became the first team across four preliminary zones to book a place in the second round of the Clarendon FA Division One competition. Longsville Park slammed Mineral Heights 4-0 to move to an unassailable 16 points. They have now completed their quota of seven matches in Zone I.
The second spot is still up for grabs. Salt River have already completed their fixtures and currently sit in second place on 14 points. Emmanuel Strikers are third on 11 points, but have a game in hand against Cross United (10 pts), who can no longer advance. With a superior goal difference than Salt River, victory in their final encounter will take Emmanuel through to the second round.
Zone Two, which has nine teams, remains far from being decided. Summerfield, with 14 points from six games, is the only unbeaten team in this zone. Next are Moore's with 10 points from six games, Thompson Town with nine from six and Bailey and Baileys with eight from five.
Treadlight lead the early going in Zone Three, amassing a perfect win record in four games. Next are Little Brazil with eight points from five matches, followed by Harlem with eight from four and Bucknor with eight from five.
Zone Four is similarly difficult to predict with Kemps Hill holding a one-point lead from a record of 13 points from six games, with just one match to go. Comfort are next on 12 points, but have two games left. Black Stars are in third with seven points and three games remaining. Ebony Stars, who have six points with four games remaining, cannot be counted out.
Spartan FC host awards ceremony
In an effort to promote proper organisation and motivation for improvement next season, Spartan Football Club held a glitzy season-ending awards ceremony at the Versalles Hotel in May Pen. Spartan won the Clarendon Major League in 2011 and participated for the first time this season in the South Central Confed Super League.
Guest speaker was Jamaica Football Federation first vice-president, Dale Spencer, and among the special guests were member of parliament for North Clarendon, where the club is based, Pearnel Charles; his colleague Mike Henry from Central Clarendon; Clarendon FA president Mike Henry; Sonia Beaton, assistant vice-president, First Global Bank; and Ainsley Lowe, managing director of Image One, who provided sponsorship for the evening's proceedings and prizes.
During his presentation, Spencer exhorted the club to use the occasion as part of a resolve to better their eighth-place finish in the league. He said the move to organise an awards ceremony, despite their placing, was commendable and shows what is needed for most clubs to attract corporate sponsorship.
Among the individual awards were: MVP - Garvin Williams; Jason McKenzie - top marksman; Most disciplined - Romaine Williamson; Most Punctual - Oniel Allen and top defender, Damion Rowe. Vassell Reynolds, Courtney Jackson and Charles Killingbeck were also highlighted for their contributions.
Napoli, Mineral Heights win big in Jamalco league
Napoli and Mineral Heights both registered 4-0 wins as the second week of action continued in the annual Jamalco football league played at Wembley Football Club in Clarendon.
Hughan Grey, formerly of Sporting Central Academy and who played for Waterhouse in the latter part of the past season's Red Stripe Premier League, scored a hat-trick in Napoli's demolition of Hunts Pen. To add to Hunts Pen's woes, they provided the other goal - the games first, through an own strike.
Another Premier League player, Kimroy Davis of Humble Lion, led three other scorers in Mineral Heights' 4-0 win over South Manchester.
Other highlights of the second round included a 1-1 draw between Mocho and Port, both goals coming via the penalty spot, and a hot-tempered game between Invincible and Railroad which ended 0-0, but where a total of seven yellow and two red cards were shown.
Matches today at Wembley: Savannah vs Top Halse Hall at 2 p.m. and Wembley vs Sunset at 4 p.m.
Tomorrow: Harmons vs Juventus at 2 p.m. and Bottom Halse Hall vs Port at 4 p.m.