semi-finals this afternoonKnockout champions Petrojam secured the fourth and final semi-final spot in division one of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Football Competition on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over lowly placed UWI at Mona.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam advanced at the expense of The Gleaner Company with 20 points, thanks to goals from Leon Strickland, Andrew Christie and Jarron Richards.They joined Grace Kennedy, defending champions Metrodade and Scotiabank in today’s semis. Petrojam will meet Metrodade in one semi-final at Winchester Park, starting a 3:30 p.m., while Scotiabank will take on Grace Kennedy at Barbican, also at 3:30 p.m.In the division two semi-finals, the unbeaten Peak Bottling are up against National Commercial Bank at Winchester Park today at 1:30 p.m., while it will be Sagicor vs ATL in the first match at Barbican, starting at 1:30 p.m.Ken’s Wildflower wins nail-biterKen’s Wildflower enhanced their chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the South East St Catherine Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, after a close 250-246 countdown win over Westmeade Rising Stars last Sunday. The win propelled Ken’s Wildflower to 14 points, tying them at fourth place alongside Waterford United, who were idle this round.In other games, leaders Passagefort United (24 points) won their sixth match in a row, as they turned back Cumberland 250-237 and second-place Garveymeade (17 points), and crushed last-place Portsmouth 250-197.Games on tomorrow (home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Waterford, Westmeade Rising Stars vs Passagefort United and Ken’s Wildflower vs Cumberland. All games begin at 1 p.m.PE teachers BH football called to meetingThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in association with the Portmore Primary Schools Sports Association, has called a meeting for Tuesday, September 15, at the Kensington Primary School at 11 a.m., to update physical education (PE) teachers and schools for the upcoming INSPORTS Portmore Primary football and netball competitions slated to begin next month. The closing date for both competitions is Wednesday, September 30.Last year, Portsmouth won both titles and the stage is set for another intriguing season. INSPORTS sports officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas, will host the meeting.Classic, Spit Fyah in mid-season battleArch-rivals Caribbean Classic (32 points), the league leaders and Spit Fyah (29 points), will meet in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association domino league on Sunday, September 20. The venue for the match is yet to be announced.Multiple champions Caribbean Classic, the most celebrated team in Portmore, warmed up for the mid-season title as they thumped Feluchi Strikers 300-202, while Spit Fyah, just formed a couple seasons ago by former Classic captain, Javlin James, outlasted Naggo Head 300-283.In other games, third-place Eradication (29 points) defeated Ten to Ten 300-263, fourth-place Waterhouse United (25 points) beat Highlight Strikers 300-241, sixth-place Exceptional International (24 points) whipped Tamarind Tree 300-262, Giants trampled Memory Lane 300-262, Right Stuff defeated Spring Village 300-257, and Small Axe cut down Sour Sop Tree300-289.George Lee Memorial 5KSchools in Portmore are being encouraged to participate in the second staging of the George Lee Memorial 5.8 km Run/Walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 27, starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine.Aneita Lee, chairperson for the George Lee Foundation, is making the call for schools to make use of the opportunity. Lee is the widow of former Portmore mayor, the late George Lee.”Whether the competitor is a track athlete, football, or netball player, this is an event for you for stamina, fitness and wholesome fun,” she said.She also added that there are special prizes for senior citizens who finish atop their categories, noting that “Portmore has joined the rest of Jamaica as being health-conscious and exercise is known to do wonders to the human body when done inmoderation”.Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., and the race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go to a children’s scholarship/grant fund and a senior citizens’ recreational centre. Contributions are as follows: $1,000 per individual entry and $800 each for a group of 10.Lee pointed out that George was instrumental in Portmore becoming a Municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore and the only man to serve as mayor twice.Dover Lawrence, who represented Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School, were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.Top Hill win Jamalco Football LeagueTop Hill defeated Napoli 1-0 to be crowned the 2015 Jamalco Football League champions, at the Wembley Excellence Centre last weekend.Top Hill, who last won the title in 2011, secured the championship when Andrew ‘Joycie’ Issacs netted the lone goal of the game in the 15th minute. The goal developed from a free kick, which the Napoli custodian failed to collect and Isaacs was there to score from the rebound.The youthful Napoli team tried to pull one back. However, solid defending, mixed with counter-attacks from Top Hill, prevented their success.The competition ended with a total of 118 goals being scored at an average of 3.06 goals per game.Savannah’s Huggart ‘Sweetie’ Nugent with seven goals won the Golden Boot Award.Finalists confirmed in Peter Bunting netballBoth finalists in the junior and senior netball leagues sponsored by central Manchester’s Member of Parliament Peter Bunting were confirmed following last weekend’s semi-finals.At the Manchester High courts, Albion United and Newleigh All Stars secured their berth in contrasting fashion.Albion, the runners-up from the preliminary zone, created an upset after outscoring the previously unbeaten Comfort 13-11. The second final proved a predictable victory for the unbeaten Newleigh All Stars, who won 25-5 over Broadleaf Gators.The senior finalists will be Bombay and Williamsfield. Bombay were 27-11 winners over Woodlawn Phoenix while Williamsfield got the better of Mandeville All Stars 21-16.Manchester FA to hold AGMThe incumbent president for the last three terms, Dalton Wint, seeks re-election as the Manchester Football Association hosts its annual general meeting tomorrow at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority office on Caledonia Road in Mandeville.Wint also serves as the South Central Confederation general secretary. Quite noticeably, the top brass of that body was present at the recent 2015 season Manchester awards ceremony, including chairman Michael Ricketts and senior member Peter Reid, president of the St Catherine FA. Wint, in his address at the awards, outlined the introduction of youth competitions spanning Under-13, 15 and 17 as the key components of his tenure.
WHILE there may be a shortage of grandstand tickets for Saturday for the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association-GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships, ISSA President Dr Walton Small has reiterated that there are more than enough for every other day of the event held inside the National Stadium.”ISSA has no issue with tickets, except for Saturday. We have ample tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We have ample tickets for the bleachers, and we encourage people to use the bleachers,” Small told The Gleaner following Friday evening’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.Small was responding to queries based on the complaints by a trio of old boys’ associations from Calabar High School, Jamaica College and Kingston College, known by the moniker ‘Three the Hard Way’.David Miller, president of the Calabar Old Boys’ Association; Dr Patrick Dallas, president of the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association; and Collin Greenland, treasurer of the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association, said they had concerns about the distribution of tickets for Champs last year.”There appears to be no structural way of dealing with tickets. Why should we, who spend $20 million per year preparing for Champs, be given the same number of tickets … . Why should (a school) who have no investment have the same talk,” said Miller.”We are not saying that we should get all of it. What we are saying is that what happened last year, something was not transparent about the allocation of tickets,” Dr Dallas added.The group said their organisation wanted more Champs tickets, but an email sent to Dr Small, requesting a meeting, had been met with a brusque reply that their concerns be directed to ISSA via the principals of their respective schools.”We feel disrespected because we didn’t get an audience. We don’t believe that we should go through our principals. We are an alumni association … not a sixth-form association,” said Dr Dallas.Dr Small said there was no intent to be disrespectful.”It’s unfortunate that they view it that way. We (ISSA) cater to a variety of organisations and if every organisation demands that they want to meet with us, you can see what would happen. The structure at ISSA – once it’s coming from schools – we refer everything through the principals. It does not matter what it is,” he said.The Old Boys’ group pointed out that collectively, they invest as much as $45 million towards the development of their respective schools’ athletes.”Our three schools together are a huge part of the following for Champs. It is no coincidence that KC, Calabar and JC, between them, have won over 90 per cent of the Champs,” Dr Dallas added.Greenland noted that their schools helped to make Champs what it is.”The day would never come when we would withdraw from Champs because we cherish the thing, but there really wouldn’t be a Champs without one of these schools,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr Small said subsequent to the group’s meeting with The Gleaner, he had got approval from his board to meet with them.He also added that the window for Champs tickets is opened at the end of football season. Requests are taken via email.He said the demand was overwhelming, and pointed out that the grandstand seats only 5,000 persons.”After we give our sponsors and special guests, all we have are 2,000 tickets to sell. Unless they expand the stadium, we will not be able (to accommodate more) and, therefore, we encourage people to come and use the bleachers. That is where I stay. Come and share time with the president in the bleachers,” Dr Small said.