2016 with a bangDefending Clarendon knockout champions Jamalco opened up their campaign for the 2015-2016 Noel Arscott Knockout competition with a resounding 6-1 win over Treadlight.Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a well-taken shot and was again on target in the 36th minute. Andrew ‘Joysie’ Isaacs scored on the stroke of half-time to give Jamalco a 3-0 lead at the interval. Joysie secured his brace in the 49th minute to send Jamalco further ahead.Treadlight reduced the margin in the 57th minute, but Renoir ‘Woody’ Elliott scored in the 73rd minute and Erron ‘Sir B’ Brown in the 79th minute (directly from a corner kick) to extend the margin of victory.Henriques starts rally next monthHorizon Park Primary School will make a second attempt to host its netball rally, which is scheduled for next month on the school grounds, starting at 8 a.m. The organisers said that they had to postpone the initial staging because of matters beyond their control. They also promised that the event would be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer. Cedar for fivePortmore United, the guest team in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league, continued their assault when they hit five goals past title contenders Cedar Grove Estate FC last Sunday.In other games, Cumberland defeated Southborough 2-1, Braeton United clipped Waterford 1-0, and Racing United drew 2-2 with Edgewater.The competition continues this weekend, with Southborough tackling Portmore United today. Tomorrow, it’s Braeton United vs Racing, Cedar Grove vs Waterford, and Daytona vs Edgewater. Portmore United have been using this league to keep their under-21 and reserve players active. They are currently the leaders in the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League.Spit Fyah outlast Waterhouse UnitedTitle favourites Spit Fyah Domino Club had to draw on all their experiences to stave off a strong challenge from a spirited Waterhouse United to scratch out a close 300-290 victory in the third round of games in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday.In other games, Highlight Strikers beat Memory Lane 300-274; Fort International eased past Correctional Services 300-283; Right Stuff downed Garveymeade 300-282; Ken’s Wildflower rushed past Felluchi Strikers 300-285; Masterpiece stunned Unity Strikers 300-282; Spring Village overcame Passagefort United 300-290; and Naggo Head cut down Soursop Tree 300-265. The competition continues tomorrow.PFM netball rally New Year on highOrville Henriques threw down the gauntlet in a ruthless performance to win the year’s first competitive title at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s January match at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.Henriques, who had to settle for the No. 3 rating in Jamaica owing to consistent losses to new No. 1 Junior Brown and No. 2 Andy Yapp in 2015, seemed bent on stretching the gap between himself and others in the central belt.Henriques won seven of the eight stages, with no competitor gaining more than 88 per cent. In fact, on Stage Three – which valued 125 points – he pushed down second-placed competitor on this stage Evon Grant to 68 per cent. His only stage loss came on Stage Five, where he logged 99 per cent to its winner, Sue Ann Henriques.In total, Orville logged 649 points to beat overall second-place finisher Sue Ann at 483 at 74 per cent. Owen Campbell grabbed his best podium finish in months, finishing third at 72 per cent, with Ellsworth Dixon, Thomas Jones, and Grant rounding out the top six.The upcoming Florida International tournament, which normally features the highest number of Jamaican competitors, will be the acid test of Henriques’ local performance.Edwin Allen impress at PUMA/JAAA Development meetIf last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development track event at Kirkvine is anything to go by, the primary battle in female long-distance running – at least in the central Jamaica region – seem centred around Edwin Allen High, Spaldings High, and G.C. Foster College.The Open female 3,000 metres revealed this battle after the three dominated the first 20 places, with most competitors running hard to the finish line and the big crowd, which was applauding.Edwin Allen were undoubtedly the best, claiming three of the top-five finishers as well as seven overall in the top 10 and a further three in the top 20. Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs won in a time of 11:04.31, with Spalding High’s 13-year-old Kimara Austin putting in an amazing performance to gain second in 11:21.81.G.C. Foster’s Danielle James, who featured strongly in a number of local events last year, could only manage sixth place.Braeton lift mid-season crownBraeton United scored two first-half goals and held on to defeat Cedar Grove 2-1 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final at Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.Caven Genius and Jermaine Morgan scored for Braeton United, while Ronnae-Kaye Brown scored Cedar Grove’s consolation goal in the second half. Following the Christmas break, the teams will now turn their attention to the League, which resumes tomorrow.Westchester, High Mountain road Mega Angels finalWestchester netball team and Mega Angels earned the right to meet each other in the final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League after impressive semi-final wins last weekend.In semi-final one, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16, while in the other semi, Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance. Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santos B will do battle in the third-place play-off before Mega Angels play Westchester in the championship game on a date to be decided.Portmore hit race in high gearBased on the traffic of athletes on central Manchester roads in the morning as well as after noon, training appears in high gear for the High Mountain 10K, Jamaica’s longest-running road race, which is held each year on the last Sunday of January. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, January 31.Last weekend’s Puma/JAAA Development meet held at Kirkvine, which is close to the traditional route of the road race, also featured its highest number of competitors in the 3,000m and 5,000m events.In addition to the most popular event, the 10K, there will be competition in the 5K run and 5K walk.The Mandeville Regional Hospital will be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the race, which is chiefly organised by the High Mountain Coffee brand and its chairman, Jackie Minott.The race is held in Williamsfield each year, with its main route taking participants up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the Williamsfield community park. The race also features specially invited international competitors.Wint gains four-year term limit as MFA presidentManchester FA President Dalton Wint had much to be happy about after he was installed for another four years. A special resolution by the majority of clubs in Manchester saw Wint and his executive voted in en bloc.A Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) mandate, which came out of their election last December, declared that all associations must conduct a new election for a four-year term of office within a 90-day period.Last summer, Wint won a fourth two-year term as Manchester FA president over challenger Damion James. An extraordinary general meeting was held at the SDC office in Mandeville; however, the clubs indicated they would prefer ratifying the results of the earlier election than conduct a fresh one.Joining Wint for the four-year stint will be first vice-president, Baron Watson; second vice-president, Douglas Powell; long-serving treasurer Janice Grant; and general secretary, Clarence Jackson. The five additional committee members are Brian Sterling, Cranston Kelly, Donovan Senior, Omar Robinson, and Derick Reid.St Catherine has announced. It will hold new elections on Saturday, February 6. Word has yet to emerge from Clarendon and St Elizabeth, the other members of the South Central Confederation.Black Star unbeaten in St Elizabeth Major LeagueAfter five rounds, the Black River-based Black Star remains the only unbeaten team in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League with maximum 15 points. Black Star’s latest win came in the top-of-the-table clash against the surprise team of the competition, Real Treasure Beach, which was previously unbeaten.It is remarkable that Black Star travelled for the encounter and won 3-1. The loss for Treasure Beach pushed them back to third place on 10 points as Super Action gained higher ground after recording the biggest win of the round, a 7-2 rout of Newell.The round was also remarkable for Appleton Estate, outscored Vineyard 3-2 to end a disappointing spell where they had lost 2-1 to Super Action before the embarrassment of giving up three points to Black Stars after failing to field enough players for a home encounter.In other notable results, newcomers St Bess United defeated Tafari Lions 2-0 in a Lacovia derby, while in the only drawn result of the round, Haughton and Holland Police Youth Club ended 2-2.Jamalco start set for February 6The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a netball rally on Saturday, February 6, at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive, Portmore Town Centre. The rally this year will not be open to church teams only, but also to teams from the surrounding communities.Mark Williamson, the chief organiser of the rally, said that his committee would cater to 16-20 teams. There will be prizes and cash incentives for the champions, as well as the second- and third-place teams.Former Holmwood track star Le-Roy honouredMultiple 4x400m national relay medallist Anastasia Le-Roy was among the special honorees at last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development meet at Kirkvine. Patron and chairman of the meet Patrick Anderson said that the committee honoured Le-Roy for her consistent hard work and interest in making herself available to represent Jamaica’s athletic teams, even if she did not make it to run individual events.Her accolades include being part of gold and repeated silver-medal teams in major games like the World Championships and the Olympics. A graduate of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Le-Roy was also a track star at Holmwood Technical High School and part of several teams that helped establish that school’s dominance under coach Maurice Wilson between 2003 and 2011.She has also trained at and performed in track meets held on the Kirkvine grass track.Jamaica Badminton Association club leagueThe opening ceremony of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) club league 2016 is set for today at the Constant Spring Golf Club, beginning at 10 a.m.The league will serve off with matches in the D division between defending champions Ingleside Pandaz and the young Shuttle Smashers, while in the C division, the Ingleside Pandaz will face off against the resurgent University of Technology (UTech).Other clubs in the JBA club league include Racketeers, Tastee, and newcomers Western Sports, competing in the D division. In the C division, Racketeers, UTech, Shuttle Smashers, and Ingleside Pandaz will be competing for the title, while in B Division, defending champions Racketeers will try to stave off competition from Falcons and Ingleside Pandaz.With an absent Mandeville Rangers from the A division, YMCA, Ingleside Pandaz, and Racketeers will all be striving to take the top place and the winning trophy.Horizon Park netball
The Guyana Society for the Blind (GSB) had recorded a 100 per cent pass rate at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.Among the seven students who would have sat this year’s examination from the organisation, they all secured passes ranging from Grades Ones to Three.Executive member of the organisation, Ganesh Singh gave a brief overview of their performance, noting that it has been exceptional.“It was extremely good because we got 100 per cent pass. In total, they wrote 16 subjects and they passed all. We cater for persons with other disabilities as well because we know that there are limited opportunities out there relating to education,” Singh stated.The top student was Shimona Sugrim from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne),Top performer Shimona Sugrim receiving her award for her performancewho secured five Grade Twos, followed by Dawn Benjamin with four Grade Twos and Shondy Thomas who acquired three Grade Twos and two Grade Threes.Sugrim told Guyana Times, “When I started, I didn’t think I would’ve achieved this so I’m very happy about it. It’s definitely a great achievement for me.”Most of the students indicated that they wish to give back to the blind community by teaching students with similar disabilities.Meanwhile, one of the teachers responsible for preparing the students for the examination, Rosemary Ramitt, highlighted her experience throughout the programme and also explained that this achievement will enable the students to pursue a career in the future.To the students, she said, “What you have done now will just be the stepping stone for what you want to do later.”Despite this achievement, it was indicated that there are some limiting factors which can be challenging at times.One of the main setbacks is the number of teachers and also the fact that students are coming to the intuition from other regions. At times, they would have to use social media to organise video chats so that persons can access the information which is being taught.