Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Saturday | February 16, 2013
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Sprint queen Merlene Ottey (centre) poses with Vere Technical athletes Olivia James (left) and Shericka Jackson during a welcome home reception at the Norman Manley International Airport's VIP Lounge on Monday. Ottey will be the guest of honour at today's Ben Francis Invitational Meet at Vere Technical, Clarendon. - Photo by Errol Crosby

The Spanish Town-based Mister C 'A' defied the odds to clip the 2012 Wray & Nephew champions Rowe's Strikers 5-4 in the Pattex Cup skittles final at Mystix Sports Bar, Hagley Park Road, last Sunday.

In an interesting tussle, it came down to the ninth and final game after both teams were locked at 4-4.

After winning the first game through elite player Basil Kelly, Mister C soon fell behind 1-2, but won three straight games to lead Rowe's Strikers 4-2.

Although on the brink of victory at this stage, Mister C 'A' had to fight tooth and nail to stave off a determined Rowe's Strikers, who drew level at 4-4 after skipper Garfield Samuels used his experience to beat young Yannick Senior 1520-1150, and Lenville Pottinger got by Aubyn Flynn 1260-1070 to force the match into a deciding ninth game.

In the end, Neville 'Doggy' Elletson did it for Mister C, sinking the last six balls, including sinkers, to beat Clifford 'Shakes' Campbell in decisive fashion.

Mister C thus won the $75,000 prize and championship trophy, while Rowe's secured $35,000. Prior to the final, Eastern All-Stars beat outgoing champions Eagles Strikers 5-2 in the third-place play-off.

Eagles' Dane Jones, who was unbeaten in nine matches during the preliminary round, won the competition's MVP award, while Ruthlyn 'Marcia' Bailey from Rowe's Strikers was voted the female MVP, having won seven of her nine matches.

David 'Shabba' Adams and Stacy Miller from Starliner won the mixed doubles award, while the men's doubles award was shared between Winston Jordon and Lloyd 'Tiger' Smith from Eastern All-Stars and Seymour Bennett and Clive Woolery from Eagles.

Attention will now turn to the Sistas Open Singles Championship, which begins tomorrow at Bourbon House, Windward Road, starting at 1 p.m.

Sadine Thompson and Thantae Morris are the early pacesetters for Gordon and Bogle houses, respectively, heading into next Thursday's super Sports Day at Aberdeen Primary and Junior High in North East St Elizabeth.

At the end of the cross country, Gordon, the first female to cross the finish line, helped Gordon House to the top of the points table with 92 points, while Thompson, the boys' champion, gave Bogle House valuable points to stay close on 90 points. Garvey, the house to watch, according to the experts, got only 48 points from the cross country.

This year, the recently formed past students' association (PSA), with the support of Principal Milbert Miller, who in less than two years at the school has made a big impact, will ensure that the top-three finishers from every event get a prize.

Secretary of the school's PSA, Lauradene Brooks-Fisher, said her team wants to hit the ground running with this first real project, and so far has got the support of several past students.

"So far, we have gotten support from our past students, notably West Indies players Jerome Taylor and Nikita Miller, community businessman Garfield 'Gary' Salmon, and Kerrlee Ricketts, track and field coach at UWI," said Brooks-Fisher.

Marvette Cobourne and Donovan Wilson, who are based overseas, also contributed to the cause, which will allow for prizes, such as cakes for the three houses and trophies to the overall male and female winners.

Also planned for the day will be video coverage, which will be edited and broadcast via YouTube.

Chyann Nichol defeated former No. 1 Ruth Salmon 2-1 in the best-of-three final to win the first Hot Shots-sponsored ladies pool tournament (eight ball) at Hot Shots Pool Bar, 120A Constant Sprint Road, last Saturday night.

The weekly tournament continues tonight at the same venue, starting at 7:00. Nichol received $5,000 and a trophy. There will be no entry fee for this tournament. However, $300 will be charged for re-entry.

Two-time Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, in her capacity as patron of the 15th annual Sacigor Sigma Corporate Run tomorrow morning in New Kingston, has announced via her Facebook fan page her recent efforts to raise funds for local children facilities. She will auction an autographed pair of silver spikes from her collection on Facebook.

This will assist in raising additional funds for this year's beneficiaries - the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica National Children's Home and the Best Care Lodge.

The Sagicor Sigma Run begins in New Kingston tomorrow, starting at 7:30 a.m., and this is expected to attract thousands.

Unity Strikers netball team from Cumberland walked away with the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency netball rally crown at the Waterford Multi-purpose Court on Ash Wednesday.

Ten pick-up teams from the constituency, including communities such as Westchester, Westmeade, Waterford, Cumberland and Bridgeport, all competed and saw Unity Strikers beating Westchester 5-2 in the final to come out on top and win the Colin Fagan Trophy.

Second runner-up went to Progressive United from the Waterford community. Medals for best defender and best attacker were presented to Shaniqua Peterkin from Progressive United and Gizelle Allison from Unity Strikers, respectively.

The event was endorsed by the Social Development Commission (SDC).

Addressing the teams before the start of play, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Colin Fagan, who is also member of parliament for the constituency, recommended that in seeking to establish new community-based organisations, the SDC should make netball part of their progamme in the same way as Twenty20 cricket.

He said his (Colin Fagan) sponsored competition should form the pilot and should be replicated all over Jamaica, as he is already in dialogue with the SDC, whose presence at the rally was very noticeable, headed by parish manager Baldwin McKenzie, field supervisor Leo Gayle, and others.

McKenzie endorsed the programme proposed by Fagan and said they would move speedily to implement same. Both McKenzie and Gayle said the rally was a good base on which to build netball in South East St Catherine and in Portmore.

Defending champions Old Harbour New Testament will open their season in the feature match of a double-header at Lime Tree Oval against Christ Cathedral at 1:30 p.m., in the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 church cricket league today.

Last year's beaten finalists, Power of Faith International, take on Gospel Lighthouse at 9:30 a.m.

At the Bridgeport sports ground, Miracle Open Bible play the opening game against Lighthouse Assembly, at 9:30 p.m., while at 1:30 p.m., Fellowship Tabernacle challenge Christ Deliverance Church of God, at the same venue.

Two former champions - Caribbean Classic, the 2011 winners, and Fort International, a seven-time champion - battle in a Portmore/St Catherine Domino League match at Portmore Avenue, Portmore Gardens, tomorrow.

Both Caribbean Classic and Fort International made early quarter-final exits in last year's competition and have a lot to prove this season. Classic are unbeaten in eight games to be joint leaders with maximum 32 points, while Fort International have lost once in seven matches and are currently in sixth place on 24 points.

Co-leaders Right Stuff and Eradication have fairly easy home games against Eagle View and Passagefort United, respectively.

In other games (home teams named first): Highlight Strikers vs Masterpiece, Prozz and Conns vs Ken's Wildflower, Exceptional International vs Westchester Rudiz, Hurricane vs Correctional Services, Caymanas Track vs Black Rooster, and Spring Village vs Colours Sports Club. Unbeaten ISCF (28 points) will be idle this round. All games begin at 11:30 a.m.

For the third time this season, Greater Portmore United and Bridgeport will figure in a competitive match in a LIME-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league feature encounter at the Greater Portmore High School. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

The matchup will see the midseason champs taking on the runners-up.

Last Sunday, Greater Portmore clipped Bridgeport 1-0 to snatch the Genus Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final, to avenge their 2-1 loss to Bridgeport in the opening game of the season. In the opener at the same venue, Silverstone should feel the wrath of East Portmore Portals. The last time the teams met Silverstone were hammered 6-1 by Portals, as the league's leading scorer, Keino Walker, scored four times. Walker will be keen to add to his tally of nine goals, from six matches.

At the Racing field, Braeton United face off against Cumberland at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., Racing United take on the struggling Garveymeade.

Red-hot Zone B leaders, Christian Pen, will journey just about three miles to face former Premier League team, Naggo Head, in a Portmore derby in one of six matches in the LIME St Catherine FA Major League, at the Naggo Head playing field this afternoon at 3:00.

Christian Pen moved to 24 points from 11 games after they defeated Tru-Juice 2-0 in a Friday night football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval. Devon 'Brazil' Wilson (15th) and Marvin Jones (45+1) were on the scoresheet. The duo will again lead Christian Pen's charge, in addition to Fabian Whyte and Sheldon Sharpe. Naggo Head will bank on Dwayne Byfield, Shevon James (5th) and Kevin Reid for the win.

In other games in the zone, bottom club Black Lion (seven points) host Portsmouth (15 points) at Irish Pen and second-place Flamingo (20 points) play away to McCook's Pen at the McCook's Pen playing field.

In Zone A, second-place Rodwood (18 points) and fifth place DB Basovak (16) square off at the Waterford playing field; De la Vega City and Tru-Juice, who are locked on 17 points, will try to separate themselves when they meet at De la Vega City community playing field; and Wanderers, who are going through a bad patch, will face zone leaders Old Harbour Bay United, on 24 points.

All other games are schedule for a 3 p.m. start.

The one-day all-island under-13 football competition kicks off this morning at Liberty High School, Hope Road, starting at 9:00.

Among the many teams are three drawn from the Prep Schools Alberga Cup league and Henriques Cup KO competitions. Forty-five players have been named for the All-Prep teams.

They are: Andre Miller, Derland Hyatt, Rojeaux Baines, Shaquille Allen (Quest Prep), Daniel Austin, Daudi Brown, Jaheel Richards, Scott McLeod, Tahje Cooke (Vaz), Adrian Marsh, Hannibal D'aguilar, Jordon Miller, Taj-Malik Campbell, Tyrese Grant (St Andrew Prep), Alten Gooden, Deandre Walker, Jahvon Barclay, Kevon Radway, Shaquan Davis (Hydel), Akil Williams, Jamari Morrison, Lamar Walker, Lotteam Speid (Lannaman's Prep), Duncan McKenzie, Nasib McDonald, Rajiv Williams, Shane Mahbeer (Mona Prep), Joshua Dixon, Jacob Lazarus (Hillel), Jermaine Hue (One Way Prep), Yanik Williams (Sts. Peter and Paul), Taj Moss (Trafalgar Prep), Werner Daley (Stella Maris), Stafford Lowe (OLA Prep), Mathew Gordon (Portmore Missionary), Ajahni Leslie (Wolmer's Prep), Terrence Francis (Liberty), Dennis Valdez (AISK Prep), Stephen Ewan (Ardenne Prep), Zaahir Mohan (Belair), Kristopher McDonald (Emmannuel Christian Academy), Lishang Young (Glenmuir Prep) and Jaquan Raymond (Glowell Prep).

Coaches assigned by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association are Nigel Webb (Lannaman's), Alfred Nelson (Mona), Barrington Bryant (St Andrew), Raymond Leveridge (Wolmer's), Junior Bryant (Hydel) and Leonard Malcolm (Quest). Anthony Cooke is coordinator.

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