Waterhouse secure Jackie Bell title


Waterhouse FC grabbed the 2015 KSAFA Jackie Bell Knock-out title, rallying to edge Barbican FC 3-2 at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium.

Waterhouse led in the 11th minute through Damarley Samuels, but Barbican responded with Dean Phillips(31st minute) and Lennox Russell(37th minute) before the half-time.

Jermaine Anderson, in the 79th minute, leveled for Waterhouse before Tremaine Stewart secured the win in the stoppage time.

The KO tournament, competed among corporate area teams since 1987, honours the memory of late local football icon Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell.

Bell, a former player and coach, and Dennis Ziadie both died in a bus crash at the 1986 FIFA World
Cup in Mexico.

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Get it right, Francis urges


World renowned athletics coach, Stephen Francis of Maximising Velocity and Power(MVP) Club, has encouraged coaches to pay attention to off-field approaches as they have an impact on results.

He was speaking at the fourth annual Howard Aris Memorial Lecture at the University of Technology in Papine, St Andrew.

Citing sprinting and jumps, Francis explained,”Training, re-hydration, warm-up and weight lifting are important, but if they are not done properly, they could see the athlete not performing at an optimum”.

He referred to his coaching methods ‘as different and willing to try new things.’

Francis insisted that athletes’ training regime, diet and approach are critically important.

“The Jamaican diet unfortunately does not have much nutrients; it’s mostly carbohydrates, and I believe it i...

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Edwin High sizzle at Central Champs


Edwin Allen High’s girls won and the placed second at the annual Central Championships,held at Kirkvine Sports Complex in Manchester.The Clarendon-based Edwin Allen girls tallied 457 points to dismiss Holmwood Technical 335.5, Vere Technical 334, Hydel High 222, and Manchester High 140.5.

Manchester High were boys’ champions with 185, eclipsing Edwin Allen 143, Spaulding 128, Holmwood 112 and Bellefield 100.

St Jago High, perennial contenders, did not compete at the three-day meet.

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Elite Netball resumes Mar 13

JA Netball

The second staging of Netball Jamaica’s Berger Paints Elite League will shoot off on Friday, March 13 hopefully at the Leila Robinson Courts.

The player-draft will take place coming Wednesday, according to General Manager Karen Anderson.

She said Netball Jamaica is trying to get other sponsors to join Berger Paints.”We have received some sponsorship for some of the team uniforms, like we did last year. We’d like some more sponsors to come on board because we still have some way to go,” she said.

The six-team competition, which replaced the Berger Super League, featured the top 72 players in the island last year. Participating teams are defending champions Kingston Humming Birds, St James Sharpes, Manchester Spurs, St Catherine Racers, St Ann Orchids and Clarendon Gaters.

Matches will be p...

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Jamaica to host top-class international badminton


The Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology will come alive on March 19 as world-class badminton players from around the world vie for ranking points at the first-ever Jamaica International Badminton Championships.

The level-four International Series tournament promises to deliver non-stop action as players compete in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

The competition culminates on March 22 as the finalists battle for US$5,000 and other prizes.Competitors from 14 countries including Suriname, Turkey, Austria, Latvia, Congo, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic will battle for the top prize.

United States’ Howard Shu is the top seed, ranked 56th in the world.

The local squad, led by technical director of the Jamaica Badmint...

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St. James Volleyball Association to stage referee course at no cost to participants


The St. James Volleyball Association will host a refereeing course at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus, on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015. The starting time for each day will be 9:00 am.

Interested candidates are encouraged to take with them Volleyball Hard Court Rules and Referee Guidelines, which may be obtained from the FIVB website, http://www.fivb.org/EN/Refereeing-Rules/documents/FIVB_Volleyball_Rules_2015-2016_EN_V3_20150205.pdf.

On completion of the volleyball refereeing course, each participant will be certified as a volleyball referee with the Jamaica Volleyball Association.

The course is free of cost. For further information, please contact George Douglas, 857-3817, or Ricardo Williams, 457-1869, or by email to sjvagensec@gmail.com

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Tornadoes top Walter Rodgers Swim Champs


Nine individual records were set as Tornadoes Swim Club, guided by Wendy Lee, topped the five-day Wata/Walter Rodgers National Age Group Championships at the National Aquatics Centre.

Tornadoes won with 1,827 points, beating Y-Speedos, 1,625 points, and Swimaz Aquatics, 733

The quality of the championships were such that some of the swimmers achieved qualifying standards for the 29th Carifta Swimming Championship in Barbados in April, and the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships and Pan American Games set for June and July, respectively.

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Mico ‘B’ scores Sunshine Open netball title


Mico ‘B’ held off JAMALCO 32-31 to bask in the glory of the JNBS Sunshine Open League at the St Andrew High School For Girls in Kingston.

It was the ultimate step-up for Mico, who were beaten in the finals last year by UWI Pelicans.

Danielle Masters scored 20 goals from 28 attempts and captain Simone Reid-Manning scored 12 of 19, to ensure Mico ‘B’s first lien on the trophy. For JAMALCO, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins converted 26 from 32 attempts, and Tracey-Ann Francis obtained 5 out of 5.

Centre player, the very agile Trisana Hanson was voted Most Valuable Player of the final.

Molynes United ‘A’ blunted Blades United ‘A’ 28-19 to win the Consolation Knockout Group ‘B’ crown.

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Windies will come hard at Zimbabwe, warns skipper


Expect West Indies to enter their next clash against Zimbabwe with their tails up. Following a comprehensive 150-run victory over Pakistan, captain Jason Holder warned that his side planned to be aggressive on Tuesday in Canberra, as they chased their second straight win of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

“Obviously we’ve gained some momentum and looking into Tuesday’s game against Zimbabwe we just want to be aggressive,” said Holder.“I don’t think Zimbabwe should be underestimated but having said that, we’re playing some very good cricket right now so we just want to keep the momentum going through.”

West Indies came under fire following their shocking four-wicket defeat to Ireland in their opening game at Saxton Oval last week...

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Holder hails ‘wonderful’ Windies


West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his side’s ‘wonderful performance’ as they got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 150-run thrashing of Pakistan in Christ church on Saturday.The two-time former champions had been brushed aside by non-Test nation Ireland in their Pool ‘B’ opener but it was a different story at Hagley Oval.They again topped 300, Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons both making fifties, but the big difference on Saturday was their bowling.

West Indies reduced Pakistan to a stunning one for four-the worst ever start to a one-day international innings-with fast bowler Jerome Taylor(three for 15 in seven overs) leading the way.

“It was a wonderful performance,” said Holder at the presentation ceremony...

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