‘US Nationals Send Off’ for shooters in Mandeville Astra Run on today Knockpatrick win Top Notch Summer League Chairman of the South Central Confederation, Michael Ricketts, has challenged his colleagues at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to make their voices clear on what should define the way forward for the Jamaica Football Federation in light of the country’s failure at the semi-final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Ricketts issued the call as he addressed youngsters at a special luncheon to fÍte participants in the annual South Central Confederation Under-13 and Under-15 competitions. The function was hosted last Saturday morning at The Verandah, a scenic getaway owned by Juici Patties at its headquarters at Clarendon Park. Ricketts, who is also a former second vice-president of the JFF, posited that a national competition featuring parish line-ups of the best Under-20 players was needed to create a better pool of talent, which the JFF could harness. The main goal of the function was to highlight Juici Patties 30th year of sponsoring the Confed’s Youth competitions. Earlier in August, Manchester took the Under-13 title, while St Catherine successfully defended their Under-15 title. Clarendon were runners-up in both competitions. Defending champions Petrojam retained the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House Division One football title last Saturday at Winchester Park, when they drubbed KO champions Carib Cement 4-0 in the final. Wisynco, meanwhile, clipped Xerox 1-0 in the Division Two final, which preceded the Division One final,, with a 10th-minute goal from Adrian Williams. Petrojam, who were winning their sixth Division One title since 2010, were led by a hat-trick from Arnett Gardens Premier League player Fabian Reid, who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, while Cornelius Simms made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute. The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam continued to outplay Carib Cement in the second half, as Reid netted two more goals to give his team a resounding victory. Petrojam will next play for the Challenge Shield against Division Two champions Wisynco and KO champions Carib Cement, before contesting the all-island Champion of Champions one-off match against the St Ann Business House champions. Waterhouse United win big match Peter Bunting Football League round-up Knockpatrick are the 2016 champions of the Top Notch Summer Football League, after prevailing 5-4 on penalties over Sunset Strikers last weekend. For their efforts, Knockpatrick pocketed $80,000, while the losers got $40,000. Interestingly, these two teams had previously met in the same preliminary zone, with Knockpatrick as victors. However, against expectations, Adolph Powell scored in the 15th minute to give Sunset a 1-0 lead. It lasted 13 minutes before Sheldon Williams scored to pull Knockpatrick level at 1-1. There were to be no goals for the remainder of regulation time. However, Sunset were dealt a blow after one of their players, Kemar Williams, received a second yellow card in the 80th minute and was sent off. The five-minute-per-half extra time failed to produce any more goal, hence leaving the dreaded penalty kicks to decide the championship. Earlier, Albion, who also competed in the same preliminary zone as the two finalists, easily grabbed third place after shutting out Plowden 3-0. Despite losing, Sunset were rewarded with a number of cash prizes for individual awards. They took home the best defender award in Nicholas Bell, top goalkeeper in Shacore Forbes, and the most valuable player award in Adolph Powell. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), in a joint partnership with the Jamaica Football Referees Association and the Jamaica Netball Association, will be conducting a netball and football seminar for Portmore’s primary school coaches at Waterford Primary on September 30. Sylvester Campbell, who is an international netball umpire and coach of many-time champions Tivoli Gardens, will conduct the netball seminar, and Kevin Morrison, who is an INSPORTS sports officer and a FIFA referee, will be conducting the seminars. Among things to be highlighted are adjusted rules for both sports. Some 12 schools will be participating in the football competition, in which Waterford Primary are defending champions, and another nine for the netball competition set for Portsmouth Primary, who are the reigning champions. INSPORTS seminar for Portmore coaches Guns will literally blaze in Mandeville tomorrow, when the island’s growing litany of professional practical pistol shooters converge at the Lincoln range for ‘US Nationals Send Off’. The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club is the chief organiser and hosts to shooters, who will mainly come from Kingston, Clarendon, Manchester, and Westmoreland. The match is internationally styled, as it is advertised as the last competitive practice for Jamaican shooters who will participate in at the US Nationals, which will be staged from October 9-10 in Frostproof, Florida. Tomorrow’s tournament features eight stages with 110 rounds. There will be trophies for first- and second-place finishers in each division. Refreshments and lunch will be on the house, but there is a small admission cost for fans and children to see the action. The tournament shoots off at 10 a.m., but the range will be open from 8:30 a.m. to accommodate practice. Ricketts nudges JFF colleagues on youth policy Petrojam, Wisynco are BH football champions Waterhouse United came up trumps after they defeated pre-tournament favourites, Spit Fyah, 300-298 in a nail-biting encounter in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League last Sunday. With the victory, Waterhouse moved to 24 points from seven matches, while Spit Fyah remained on 20 points, after they suffered their second straight loss of the season. In other matches, Braeton All Stars continued their rich form as they ticked off their seventh consecutive win and are on maximum 28 points, with a 300-274 triumph over Mechanical Strikers. Veteran club Caribbean Classic whipped Exceptional 300-255 for their sixth win; Small Axe cut down Vintage Pub 300-260; Naggo Head walloped Memory Lane 300-236; Giants stepped on Soursop Tree 300-296; Bull Bay United thumped Highlight Strikers 300-217, and Right Stuff beat International 300-238. Action in the league continues tomorrow. The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica will host the Astra 5K Run this evening at the Police Officers’ Club, starting at 6:30. According to the organisers, they are seeking to attract thousands of participants of all ages, who through their numbers will help raise funds to increase education and funding for kidney-failure patients here in Jamaica, plus purchasing an ICU machine for the University Hospital of the West Indies and a ventilator for the Dialysis Unit at Kingston Public Hospital. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to assist the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica and the eradication of maternal neonatal tetanus, a Kiwanis International project. This year, the organisers will again partner with the Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ). Funds raised will benefit the KSFJ projects, titled Kidney Help, a health-education programme, the purchase of a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, and support the purchase of a dialysis machine for Kingston Public Hospital. All divisions have now tasted action in the Peter Bunting Football League, which is organised under the banner of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee. Last weekend, the Porus community team outscored Hope Village 5-2 to highlight action in the Porus Division, while Blue Mountain and Coffee Grove ended 1-1. In the Royal Flat Division, hosts Royal Flat were defeated 3-0 by Grey Ground. Most matches were, however, played in the Knockpatrick Division. Old England were 2-0 winners over Belitiro, Albion edged Brokenhurst 1-0, while Knockpatrick shut out Pear Tree 3-0. No matches will be played this weekend, owing to the People’s National Party’s conference in Kingston.