19 teams for Portmore/ stay on top with win G.C. Foster student Daniel Glave and Megan Thompson of Holmwood Technical were the winners of the inaugural Mid-Island 5K Run/Walk held at Kirkvine last Sunday. Glave, a past student of Holmwood Technical and who had earlier won the Church Teachers College 5K in Mandeville, held off the challenges of Oshane Archibald and Shakile Onfroy to win the male category. Thompson, a student at Holmwood Technical, won the female category ahead of Samantha Pryce and Anniesha Lawerence. In the 5K walk event, Natasha McKenzie, a teacher at Holmwood, finished second overall and took the female title by a huge margin. The Mid-Island 5K is the latest addition to a string of road races now being organised in the Mandeville region. Sports administrator Pat Anderson was honoured by the organisers and a presentation was made to him by Olympian and Atlanta 1996 400m hurdles gold medalist Dion Hemmings-McCatty. Super League St Catherine Domino League All set for Cumberland Southborough showed resilience as they came from a goal down to earn a 2-1 win over Edgewater and stay atop the standings with 10 points from four games in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League last Sunday. Rudo Bright and Rushane Lawson (penalty) scored for Southborough. However, Edgewater bounced back in emphatic style, and stayed close in the race of the top spot in the league as last Thursday they whipped Daytona 4-1 to jump to nine points from four games. In other games last Sunday, Racing United defeated Three West 3-1, while Cumberland drew 0-0 with Westchester. Holmwood based Mid-Island 5K Ricam successfully defended their Brumalia House/Manchester Football Association KO title after outlasting Hillstars 2-1 in the final played at Brooks Park Complex on Thursday. Ricam had to secure their title the hard way after being forced to come from behind. Thorn Simpson netted in the 27th minute to give Hillstars a 1-0 lead, but the champions came back forcefully in the game through their prolific striker Romario Rochester, who scored the first of his two goals in the 37th minute. With the half ending 1-1, Rochester got his second three minutes after the resumption. The final marked a historic milestone for sponsors Brumalia House Hardware. It marked their 20th year of association with the Manchester Football Association. The Jamaica Domino Federation’s Portmore/St Catherine League will begin on January 15 with at least 19 teams confirmed. This was disclosed at the launch of the league last Sunday at the Garveymeade Sports Club. The City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union have been confirmed as part sponsors of the upcoming League. Ken’s Wildflower Domino Club defeated an All-Stars team 200-198 during an exhibition match which was a feature of the launch. Sporting Central Ricam defend Braeton All Stars got the better of the number-one ranked Waterhouse United, 300-293, in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Domino Council Association’s Premier League recently. In other quarter-final games Caribbean Classic Classic defeated Giants 300-283; Spit Fyah burnt Right Stuff 300-283 and Bull Bay United eliminated Exceptional 300-265. Former National Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy have taken over the lead in the South Central Confed Super League following a 5-0 demolition of Clarendon parishmates Kemps Hill last weekend. Sporting Central’s (seven points) lead on goal difference after three rounds. The St Elizabeth duo of Black Star and St Bess FC as well as Tru-Juice of St Catherine are also on seven points. The leaders after two rounds, Hollands Police Youth Club (PYC) of St Elizabeth, were beaten at home by visiting Tru-Juice. In fact, it was a weekend of home teams being beaten as Dunbeholden of St Catherine went down 1-2 to St Bess, Hillstars lost 1-2 to Manchester parish mates Ricam, and Clarendon’s New Bowens were blown away 0-3 by Black Star. Kick Off Fun Day All is set for the Cumberland New Testament Church of God Kick Off Fun Day on Tuesday, Boxing Day. The tournament features an all-day six-a-side football tournament, where the winners are guaranteed $50,000 as prize money. The Fun Day is open to communities surrounding the Cumberland and the Ritches to Spaldings area in North Clarendon. It is back after being inactive for a number of years. The registration fee is $2,000, and teams have been asked to confirm their participation before Tuesday by contacting the church representatives at 871-7974 or 336-8633. lead South Central Waterhouse booted by Braeton All Stars Southborough Manchester KO title athletes dominate
“We have been improving in each match and though we are not yet arrived at where I want us to be, I think we have become a better team. It will be very tough in the final but we are prepared to fight and we will give our best,” the tactician noted ahead of the final.He added; “The players know what is required of them and they know this is their opportunity to show to the whole world and the fans at home what they can do.”Put took charge of the team at a time when there was hue and cry over his predecessor Stanley Okumbi who is now his assistant and in the wake of waning public support, he hopes to bring the love back and ensure the team is back at the top.Winning the Senior Challenge Cup would be a brilliant start for Put especially ahead of next year’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers where Kenya is scheduled to play Ghana in September.Harambee Stars winger Ovella Ochieng and defender Jockins Atudo fly in for a header during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Zanzibar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe tactician insists that for him, CECAFA is just an opportunity for him to learn his players and put a foundation for the 2019 AFCON campaign.Heading into the tie against Zanzibar, a side they drew 0-0 with in the group stages, Put hopes the elements of fatigue will not down his team especially after a grueling semi-final against a strong Burundi side which went all the way to extra time.“It is tough because this is a marathon and we have to play many matches within a short period of time. I was surprised that we could get over the situation with Burundi in the semis and hopefully we can do that again,” the coach said.Midfielder Whyvonne Isuza, scorer of the lone goal against Burundi has called on his teammates to ensure they get the job done by bringing the title home.Harambee Stars midfielder Whyvonne Isuza during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We have worked so hard in the past two weeks and this is the chance to make it count. It will be tough but hopefully we can be able to get the job done. We are at home and that should be an advantage to us. We have to give the fans something to smile about,” the AFC Leopards midfielder noted.Ahead of the tie, Put will be without striker Massoud Juma who has failed to recover from an ankle injury while Musa Mohammed and Vincent Oburu, both who limped off the semi-final against Burundi have to wait for late fitness tests.But Put sees this as an advantage to see other players especially with Duncan Otieno having impressed when he came on for Mohammed, despite being a midfielder.“This tournament gives me a chance to look at all the players and I see this as an opportunity for me and other players to show what they can do. I hope they take the chance,” the coach said.Kenya will be playing its 13th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final. Of the 13 they have played, they have won six, the last being in 2013 when the tournament was hosted in Nairobi. Prior to that, the last time they won was in 2002.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put ponders on the touchline during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17- Paul Put hopes to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Belgian Adel Amrouche and guide Kenya to the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title on his first attempt when he lines up his boys for the final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday evening.Put expects a tough duel from the unpredictable Zanzibar, but he reckons he has put his boys through enough to take them over the line and he looks forward to wrap up the game after 90 minutes.