Cabinet has approved the Government’s athletes insurance plan to provide group health, as well as life and personal accident insurance, for more than 1,000 athletes across all sports.Information Minister Sandrea Falconer made the announcement during yesterday’s Jamaica House press briefing.”Cabinet has approved the selection of the Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers as the providers of insurance of our athletes,” said Falconer.”Guardian Life will provide group health, while Allied will provide group life and personal life and personal life accident coverage,” she said.Falconer added that all national sporting associations and federations have also committed to supporting the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan by contributing five per cent of the cost for their participating member athletes.”The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan has received funding support from the Sports Development Foundation, Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education (CHASE) fund.Falconer noted that one must be a current athlete in order to qualify for the insurance scheme.”They have to be in a programme representing Jamaica and so once you are not active in a programme then you will not qualify,” Falconer stated.Falconer said Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley, will provide further details on the schemes at a later date.Meanwhile, newly appointed president of Netball Jamaica, Paula Daley-Morris, said her association welcomes the move by Cabinet.”We spend a lot of money on our players in terms of taking care of their medical issues,” said Daley-Morris.”This is going to help to keep a little bit more money in our coffers and so I wish to thank the Government for being so considerate at this time and supporting athletes in general,” she said.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Andre Russell’s small all-round cameo helped Sydney Thunder to remain unbeaten in the Big Bash League with an uncomplicated seven-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers yesterday.Asked to field first at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder limited Strikers to 117 for nine off their 20 overs, with West Indies pacer Russell producing a key spell of two for 28 from his four overs.Captain Brad Hodge top-scored with 34 from 33 deliveries with two fours and two sixes, while Adil Rashid got 25 from 18 balls and Mahela Jayawardene, 21 from 31 deliveries.In reply, Thunder were propelled by opener Jacques Kallis’s 49 from 48 deliveries, while Aiden Blizzard struck 35, in a 66-run first-wicket stand.Russell arrived in the 15th over to blast two sixes in his 17 off seven deliveries as the hosts sped to their target with 21 balls remaining in the contest.Thunder currently sit top of the standings with six points from a perfect three outings.
With next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships overlapping with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs), general secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Garth Gayle, admits there are challenges, but is confident of putting together a strong team of athletes and officials in particular.The JAAA’s selection committee will meet shortly to select a team to represent Jamaica at the March 17-19 event, which takes place in Portland, USA, but with the interest-hogging ‘Champs’ taking place inside the National Stadium from March 15-19, filling the coaching and management positions on the delegation might provide some headaches for the administration.COACH AVAILABILITYGayle noted that most of the island’s top coaches and management representatives are deeply involved with high-school teams, which will be competing at Champs and are unlikely to be available for the World Indoor Championships.”Naturally, for sure, it (Jamaica’s World Indoor Championships selections) will be affected. Management personnel, for instance, is the first thing that comes to mind,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.”Most of our renowned coaches are also very instrumental and involved with their alma mater, and you look at the press focus on Boys and Girls’ Champs, which is a major event on our calendar.”We have already started some work in looking at what could be a likely combination and try and get the best fit for the national team. Champs does come in at a crucial point, and I would use the world carefully, but it does clash with the World Indoors and provides some challenges,” Gayle admitted.He is, however, confident that the JAAA will be able to put together a strong support staff for the athletes travelling to represent the country in Portland.”We are confident that our discussions with local and international coaches will be positive, and we will be able to send a competent and experienced team of management to accompany the athletes,” said Gayle.Meanwhile, Gayle is expecting that the selection process will be completed well ahead of the February 29 deadline set by the IAAF, and shared that a number of athletes have already indicated their availability.DEADLINE”It seems close, given that the deadline is just a couple of weeks away, but it is not unusual for many of our elite athletes and their coaches to still be deciding whether or not they will be participating at the World Indoors at this point,” Gayle said. “What we know for sure is that we will have the best available team to go out and compete and represent Jamaica at the World Indoor Championships.”We have received indications from a number of athletes, but we can’t give any names at this moment; just to say that it’s not unusual that some of our most elite athletes and their coaches will be weighing the pros and cons, even at this point, especially in an Olympic year,” he added.Jamaica won five medals – one gold, two silver and two bronze – at the last IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot in 2014.
– 9:30 a.m.: Triple Jump Class 11 Boys Discus – Class 1 Girls – 10:30 a.m.: Long jump – Class 3 Girls Discus – Class 1 Boys – 11 a.m.: High jump- Class 2 Boys – 11:30 a.m.: Long jump – Class 3 Boys Shot Put – Class 2 Boys – 2 p.m.: Triple jump – Open Girls High jump – Class 1 Boys Shot put – Class 2 Boys – 3:15 p.m.: Long Jump – Class 4 Girls High jump – Class 2 Girls – 4:30 p.m.: Long jump – Class 1 Boys Discus – Class 2 Girls Field Events Finals THE 2016 track and field season will hit another high gear today as the two-day Digicel Grand Prix Central Championships will take place at G.C. Foster College, starting at 9:30 a.m., with the preliminary round of the girls’ 400 metres, starting with Class Two. Today, there will be 15 field events finals, along with eight on the track. A prelude to next month’s GraceKennedy ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, this event will definitely give some clue about who will win the girls’ section as the top five teams at the national championships last year, headed by defending champions Edwin Allen High, will be on show with Hydel High, St Jago High, Holmwood Technical, and Vere Technical being the leading teams, along with the much-improved Manchester High and its new coaching staff, led by technical director Jerry Holness and Dwayne Jarrett. CONFIDENCE A year ago when the meet was held at Kirkvine Sports Club due to the unavailability of G.C. Foster College Edwin Allen won the championships quite easily and went on to win the national title, also quite easily. Head coach Michael Dyke is very confident of dominating once again and is taking this meet seriously as there is also a cash prize of $250,000 from Digicel for the overall winning team. Additionally, the top two finishers in the individual Grand Prix events in the Under-18 and Under-20 categories will advance to Saturday’s Grand final, the G.C. Foster Classics at the same venue, where the top male and female schools will each get $1 million in gym equipment. There is also a Grace Most Improved School Award for each of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship meets, which sees the respective male and female high-school winners each receiving $125,000. “We want to continue our winning ways this season and we are hoping to be well represented in all events as we want to keep this momentum going into Champs, and we will not be dropping our guard,” said Dyke. St Jago High were absent last year and after a dominant performance at the Camperdown Classics at the National Stadium last Saturday – where Edwin Allen, Hydel and Holmwood were absent – they will want to prove that their performances were no fluke. Last year, they were touted to unseat Edwin Allen at Champs, but placed third behind an improved Hydel and will want to prove that they have the ammunition to go all the way this time. Since their introduction to these Championships, St Jago’s boys have dominated and the Danny Hawthorne-coached team, who were absent last year, are favourites for a massive win. Defending champions Manchester High will have their hands full in containing the former champions. It has been an excellent season so far for St Jago boys, especially in the middle-distance events where they are led by the outstanding Lerone Clarke, Keenon Lawrence and Joel Jean Pierre. – 3:10 p.m.: 400m Hurdles Girls – Timed Finals – 3:25 p.m.: 400m Hurdles Boys – Timed Finals – 3:40 p.m.: 1500m Girls- Timed Finals – Class 3, 2, – 4:10 p.m.: 1500m Boys – Timed Finals – Class 3,2,1 Track Finals
CRICKET:GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):With matches set to be played in the United States market for the first time, Caribbean Premier League communications director, Peter Breen, believes the high profile Twenty20 tournament is set for a major take-off this year.Since its inception in 2013, the tournament has been played across the six territories of the competing franchises, but organisers have slated fixtures for Florida during this year’s campaign.”It’s very clear with the talent on display, both local talent and international talent have been contracted and that’s a massive vote of confidence from the wider cricketing public that the Caribbean Premier League is unique, it’s the ‘biggest party in sport’ as we all know,” Breen told the Guyana Times.”It’s incredible vibe and an incredibly fun place, but with serious cricket on the field and people want to be part of that.”He continued: “It’s a very exciting tournament to be a part of. I think it’s a massive year for cricket full stop. It would have started with the Big Bash into the various little tournaments that have been happening and I think with the growth and movement to America that opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities for West Indies cricket and for CPL.”There’s a lot of work to be done to ensure we deliver an outstanding tournament because that’s the level we want to achieve. We want to achieve an outstanding tournament and we’re very confident in our abilities to do so and we know that it will be very, very competitive, particularly looking at the talent of the players who are going to be involved this year.The CPL has been a huge success, turning out capacity crowds in most venues and managing to attract some of the world’s finest Twenty20 players like Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.Last year alone, the tournament experienced massive growth in numerical terms in attendance — a development Breen said organisers were hoping to sustain.”It’s a tournament that’s definitely growing year on year and we know that in terms of social media, in terms of the global viewership as well,” he pointed out.”Last year 302,000 came through the turnstiles for CPL- that was a growth of 44 per cent. It is lovely to think we can sustain that crowd, but I’m not sure if we physically can, given the size of the stadia, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.”For this year’s edition, the likes of South African superstar AB de Villiers, New Zealander Brendon McCullum and Australia’s Shane Watson, are all expected to feature.The tournament is scheduled to bowl off in June, but organisers are yet to announce fixtures.
Russia Wi Sehtickets on saleTickets for Jamaica’s opening match in the 2018 World Cup Journey, Russia Wi Seh, go on sale today at outlets right across the island.Ticket prices are: Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500; and Bleachers, $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight Wednesday, September 2, or until stocks last within that period.Match time next Friday, September 4, is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.Members of the Reggae Boyz squad begin arriving into the island on Monday, August 31, for this crucial game. Their opponents, Nicaragua, are expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 1.Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol Station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), The Jamaica Pegasus, Captains Bakery (all locations), Richie B’s Liquor Centre, Mary Brown’s Corner.Former Indian spinner on Americascoaching panelDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Former Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju will be part of the coaching team for the ICC Americas Cricket Combine to be held in Indianapolis, United States, next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.Raju joins a high-calibre coaching panel for the Combine, which also includes West Indies great Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned American fielding coach Mike Young.”I can’t wait to work with Courtney, Mike and the other coaches, to help the players improve their skills in what really is an exciting initiative for the development of the game,” said Raju.About 100 of the best players within the region will take part in the Combine, following which an ICC Americas representative team will be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016.Australia beat Ireland by 23 runsBELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP):David Warner struck 84 in 80 balls to set Australia on their way to a 23-run win over Ireland using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-curtailed one-day international yesterday.Warner put on 139 runs for the first wicket with Joe Burns (69 off 70 balls) as the Australians posted a total of 222-6 in 40.2 overs in Belfast.Ireland had a revised target of 181 off 24 overs, but couldn’t get there despite going along at 6.63 an over and seeing Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O’Brien (45) combine for an 86-run stand for the third wicket.Ireland were all out for 157 with two balls left, with Nathan Coulter-Nile taking 3-13 off 4.4 overs.Australia start their five-match ODI series against England next week.Tharanga to replace retired SangakkaraCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka has named left-handed Upul Tharanga to replace retired Kumar Sangakkara in the third series-deciding Test against India starting today.Sangakkara quit international cricket after playing the first two games of the series, which is level at 1-1.Captain Angelo Mathews said yesterday the management is still discussing other changes in the team, including whether to hand hard-hitter Kusal Perera a Test debut in place of Jehan Mubarak.Also, off-spin bowler Tharindu Kaushal is doubtful for the game at the Sinhalese Sports Club, having injured the thumb of his bowling hand during the second Test.In his absence, Dilruwan Perera will take the second spinner’s slot.India’s team director, Ravi Shastri, said his team would go all out for a series win after their comeback victory in the second Test.
REGGAE BOYZ head coach, Winfried Schäfer, insists that Friday’s World Cup Qualifying football match against Nicaragua will be the most significant for his team. In a year when Jamaica shot their way into the history books on several fronts, Schäfer outlined that nothing supersedes clearing the first hurdle on the Road to Russia campaign, which is geared at qualification for the 2018 World Cup Finals. “It’s more important than the Gold Cup,” Schäfer noted, referring to Jamaica’s participation in the CONCACAF flagship tournament last month, when they advanced to the championship game against Mexico before losing 3-1. Jamaica thus became the first Caribbean nation to play in the Gold Cup final, having beaten the United States on home soil for the first time ever, with a 2-1 win in a semi-final match played in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica were the first Caribbean country to play in the Copa America, having been an invited guest to the South American championship. Schäfer said the Reggae Boyz are pumped up for Friday’s match. “It’s the first qualification for the World Cup group. All the players are highly motivated,” he said. “We need a full stadium behind us, it’s important. “It’s not easy against Nicaragua; Argentina thought Jamaica would be easy and only won 1-0; the States thought against Jamaica it would be easy and we won,” he outlined. “We have to play with (a lot of) concentration, be disciplined, and everybody has to play for the team,” Schäfer underscored. “It’s not easy.” The coach has also recalled Alvas Powell to the national senior men’s squad. Powell, 21, walked out on the national team at the Gold Cup following their first-round 1-0 win over El Salvador at BMO Field in Toronto. At the time Schäfer indicated that he would not recall the player, but with barely a month gone and with the crucial World Cup engagement at hand, he notes that the unavailability of key players has forced his decision. The countries will play at home and away, this weekend at the National Stadium and in Nicaragua next week Tuesday, with the winners advancing to the 12-team CONCACAF semi-final group stage on aggregate. “We have problems in the defence,” the German coach said. “We don’t have Wes Morgan and we’ve lost Jermaine Taylor (injury), who won’t play for the next two months. “Daniel Gordon is injured (knee ligament) and will be out for six months,” he added of another regular option. Starting midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, both based in Britain, are also unavailable as Schäfer pointed out that they have remained with their wives who are expecting. “That is why I took Alvas back,” Schäfer reasoned. “He called me and said ‘sorry for this’, and I told him when you come back, you have to talk with our team. He’s a young player and he told me he made a mistake. I think we’ll give him a second chance. “He loves his country and we need him, we have problems in defence. We have two defenders from Montego Bay and one from Portmore. “For us, it is important to win the qualification. I think I have enough experience to know what is in the head of Alvas and he wants everything good for Jamaica,” the 65-year-old Schäfer expressed. “But first, he has to talk with all the players here.” Boyz pumped up
Large and competitive fields are the order of the day at Caymanas Park tomorrow, with all nine races embracing the Pick-9.The Pick-9 had no takers on Wednesday and the carryover stands at $1.6 million. Both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over (non-winners of three) over 1820 metres to be contested by nine starters.This race has a rather open look about it. Horses such as BLACK BOY, NATASHADONTPLAY, PRINCESS SHEMIKA, CHIEF SECRETARIAT, and NO MONEY FRIEND are all capable of fighting out the finish.NATASHADONTPLAY disappointed in her last two races behind HOLIDAY WEEKEND and COURT CALL over shorter distances, but it should be recalled that when last venturing over this trip on August 1, she failed by only a head to catch SHEBIZ.Possible reboundI am inclined to give the Uton Stewart-trained NATASHADONTPLAY (Shamaree Muir up) another chance to rebound at the expense of NO MONEY FRIEND under four-time champion Omar Walker and CHIEF SECRETARIAT.I like the look of ENHANCE PROSPERITY in the third race for five-year-olds and up over the straight in which 13 will run.Trained by Donovan ‘Burru’ Thompson, the five-year-old mare finished a close sixth over the straight to to LORD STORM on a $350,000 tag in a claiming race on September 12, beaten by mere 2-3/4 lengths. Back in action, well drawn, and in good nick, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising new apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, should win from GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.Race No. 4 for maiden three-year-olds over 1820 metres (the third in the first Super-6) also looks an open affair in a 12-horse field. The winner, however, more than likely will emerge from a quartet comprising TASHIE BABY, KING WITHIN, MR. GRAND NATIONAL and the one I like best, STIR IT UP, under leading jockey Shane Ellis. Trained by Oneil Markland, STIR IT UP has shown worthwhile ability and now administered Lasix for the first time, this should help her cause.TASHIE BABY, with 4.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger aboard, and the much-raced KING WITHIN with Walker aboard, are twin dangers.In the fifth race for $180,000 conditional claimers, MONEYNEVERSLEEP, having chased home the out-of-class LIGHT BRIGADE over 1400 metres recently, is tipped to go one better over 1500 metres, especially with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry sticking with the ride.The Bernard Vincent-trained MONEYNEVERSLEEP will report even sharper for this race and gets the nod over TECHNOCAT, JOHN D LINJAH, and TOKICO.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by LEGENDARY PLEASURE (Henry up) and the improving PAPER N LACE, with new apprentice Oneil Beckford aboard. Their respective dangers are GRAN CORAZON and RAJ KAPOOR.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) NATASHADONTPLAY/NO MONEY FRIEND(3) ENHANCE PROSPERITY/GREAT BROWN(4) STIR IT UP/TASHIE BABY(5) MONEYNEVERSLEEP(6) LEGENDARY PLEASURE/GRAN CORAZON(7) PAPER N LACE/RAJ KAPOOR
Women allowed to play Despite admitted financial constraints, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has affirmed its ideal of supporting sports at the grass-roots level through a $215,000 sponsorship for the upcoming INSPORTS/JTTA National Table Tennis Club League, scheduled to tee off next Thursday. The event was launched at the INSPORTS Board Room, at the National Arena, yesterday. Ian Andrews, executive director of INSPORTS, said he was passionate about seeing the sport return to the “glory days” of the 1950s, which motivated many students during his time as a student and former player at Jamaica College. “As an agency, we are struggling with funds, because funds aren’t easy to come by these days, and sports, unfortunately, sometimes get the bad end of the stick, so to speak. But we decided to dig into our reserves to come up to sponsor this tournament,” he said. “First of all, we have the passion and we know the potential that the sport has,” continued Andrews. There are 15 teams in the current league structure, with matches to be contested on a home-and-away basis in divisions one and two. There is no current women’s league, but women can play in Division Two, and new participants can contact INSPORTS at 906-6389. Jamaica Table Tennis Association president, Godfrey Lothian, who is also an ethics officer at INSPORTS, said: “Today, I am extremely happy because in these difficult times when money is hard to come by, the Institute of Sports has come on board to sponsor this competition, and we want to give them thanks. “INSPORTS is working to ensure that every man, woman and child is involved in sports in this country,” he added. Jamaica’s National Table Tennis Club League was first won in 1998 by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Division One, while Pembroke Hall won the women’s category and Purples of Kingston College took Division Two. Joy Foster, sister of former West Indies cricketer, Maurice Foster, is Jamaica’s long-standing record holder, having won the title at only age eight. Besides the cash injection, INSPORTS also handed over table tennis rackets and balls to the participating clubs.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Six-a-Side community footballThe opening ceremony and dress parade of the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Six-a-Side community football competition take place this afternoon at the Spanish Town Road, Waterhouse section (opposite Wray & Nephew Limited), starting at 3:00 p.m.The competition is held in Fraser-Pryce’s Waterhouse community where she grew up and will see two matches today – Moshouse vs Penwood at 4:00 p.m. and Chappaz vs Carrifters at 5.00 p.m.The competition has attracted 24 teams divided into six zones of four each. Each team will play each other once in a round robin format, with the winner of the six zones and the two best second-placed teams advancing to the knockout round.The final is tentatively set for Saturday, December 12 and there will be prizes and awards for the top four teams, most valuable player, leading goalscorer and the most disciplined team. Telecommunications giant Digicel, for which Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the title sponsor, while Grace Kennedy, Wisynco, Tank-Weld Metals, Sagicor Bank and the NCB Foundation are associate sponsors.SERHA clip RJR in BH netball finalSouth East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) defeated the RJR Communications Group 43-41 in the exciting Business House Intermediate ‘B’ netball final at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday.Both teams held a victory over each other in the preliminary round and the much anticipated final lived up to expectations.RJR, led by radio personality Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small and including ace goal shooter Chantae McKinley, Krystal Tomlinson and Janella Precius, kept pace with their opponents up to the third quarter, but allowed SERHA to slip away in the latter stages.Despite a strong rally, the Winston Nevers-coached RJR were just too late and a leg injury to McKinley at a crucial stage did not help matters.For SERHA, goal shooter Tamara Russell scored 33 points, while McKinley replied with 31 for RJR.Kiwanis Club charity golf tournamentThe Kiwanis Club of New Kingston will be hosting a Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday November 15.The Theme is “Swing for Life – Follow through for Kids with Cancer” and proceeds will be used to fund charities serve d by the organisation, including its major project for 2015, which will help children with cancer.In this regard, it’s focus will be placed on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.West Portland women’s cricket leagueThe inaugural 2015 West Portland Women’s Cricket League, to be hosted by the West Portland Sports Committee, under the patronage of Member of Parliament, Daryl Vaz, under the theme ‘We are the Inspiration’, gets going tomorrow with an opening ceremony at Lynch Park (St Georges Sports Club), Buff Bay.Action commences 5:00 p.m. with a march and an on-field parade, after which Chepstowe takes on Windsor Castle at 5:30 p.m., followed by Shrewsbury vs Industry at 7:30 p.m.The competition, which is structured in a semi-league format, is sponsored to the tune of $800,000 and the finals are expected to be held on Sunday December 20 at Lynch Park. A total of 52 matches will be played over the six weeks, with the league director being Stephen Williams of the West Portland Sports Committee. He can be reached at (tel.) 308-7455, (fax) 913-6119.UTech beat GC Foster in intercol table tennis competition got underway yesterday afternoon, University of Technology (UTech) defeated hosts GC Foster College 5-0 in male and 4-1 female matches to complete the first round fixtures.In individual results, former three-time national champion, Kane Watson, Glen-Ross McDonald, Curtis Dehaney and Alexander Thomas all scored easy 3-0 singles victories for UTech over Sheldon Price, Oral Sinclair, Travis Martin and Kemal Russell, respectively. In doubles, Watson and McDonald trounced Martin and Wiltshire 3-0 to complete the 5-0 blanking.In the female duels, Kemolyn Frost overpowered Cashane Blackett 3-0, Natasha Wright eased past Suan Reid 3-0 and Tiffany Blake cruised past Ofrecia Jones 3-0 in singles matches for UTech. Frost and Petrina Bogle overwhelmed Reid and Yvonne Foster 3-0 for UTech’s fourth victory. Eight-time national champion, Foster, then strolled past Bogle 3-0 to pull one back for GC Foster.Three-times defending champions UTech males lead the points standings with maximum four points, followed by University of the West Indies (UWI) on three points and GC Foster College with two points. The top two finishers will meet in the final.On the females side, UTech earned two points and GC Foster one from today’s match, the first female match to be played. These two teams will meet in the final, after the return match, as only two teams are participating this year. A new champion will be crowned as six-times defending champions, University of the West Indies, are not taking part this time around.The competition continues next Thursday at 2 p.m., with GC Foster at home to UWI in a males contest.Ken’s beat Passage Fort UnitedDefending champions Passage Fort United crashed to their first defeat of the season as they were humbled 250-231 by Ken’s Wildflower in the penultimate round of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League last Sunday.With the win Ken’s Wildflower, which had already qualified for the second round, surged to 32 points from 11 games, while Passage Fort United still hold an unassailable 41 points from 11 games.In other results, semi-final bound Westmeade Rising Stars defeated Cumberland 250-216 and another semi-finalist, Waterford, crushed Portsmouth 250-197.Tomorrow’s games will only be of academic interest. The semi-finals will be on Sunday November 7 and the final on Sunday November 22.Flow St Catherine FA Major LeagueThe second set of games in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine Major League football competition will be played today at four venues in St Catherine.At Lime Tree Oval, Royal Lakes entertain beaten finalists Old Harbour Bay United; at Christian Pen, Christian Pen host New Raiders; at Dela Vega City Community Centre, Dela Vega City will play Portsmouth; while Newland FC will host GC Foster. The League officially began last Friday.Last year’s winners, Portmore United, have since regained promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League.INSPORTS netball begins next FridayDefending champions Portsmouth Primary will open their account against Waterford Primary in the 12 p.m. feature match of a double-header at Kensington Primary School. Host school, Kensington Primary will play Belmont Park at 10:00 a.m.Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, Arnaldo Brown, will cover the expenses for the preliminary round of the League.Portsmouth won last year’s final, with an exciting 13-12 win in overtime. This year’s competition is expected to be another humdinger.Spit Fyah hammer ExceptionalExceptional put in a less than spectacular performance and were hammered 250-182 by leaders Spit Fyah (53 points), in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League last Sunday.In other results, second place Caribbean Classic (52 points) whipped Eradication 300-268, third place Giants (46 points) thumped Feluchie 300-202, Right Stuff oultlasted Waterhouse United 300 -291, Spring Village downed Naggo Head 300-281, Small Axe cut down Ten To Ten 300-268, Tamarind Tree beat Highlight Strikers 300-295 in a countdown and Soursop Tree got the better of Memory Lane- 300-295.Horizon Park netball rally November 27Preparations are in high gear for Horizon Park Primary School’s netball rally, which will be held on Friday November 27 on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.Organisers said the event will 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.For registration details, contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114. All entries must be submitted before the closing date of Friday November 13. The cost of registration is $2500.Portmore Primary football kicks offThe 2015 season of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League will kick off on Tuesday November 3 at the Portsmouth Primary football field, with an opening ceremony and two matches.Defending champions Portsmouth will play Independence City at noon and Waterford take on Bridgeport Primary at 1:30 p.m.Chubby are the main sponsors of the League, which includes cash incentives and also products from the sponsors.