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St Thomas Major League

Action in the Captain's Bakery-sponsored St Thomas Major League continues tomorrow with three matches.

In the matches set to start at 3 p.m, Sandstar face Springrain at Petersfield, Delta Force Youth Club take on Hillside at Eastern Banana and Real Morant entertain Lyssons United at SDC

Tomorrow's lone game pits Danvers Pen against Prospect at Danvers Pen.

In two recent matches, Kool Kat beat Yallahs York 3-1 and Danvers Pen edged Hillside 1 -0.

After seven rounds of matches, Kool Kat lead the standing with 19 points, three more than Prospect (16), Lyssons (12) and Springrain (11).

In Division Two, Poinsettia tackle Paul Bogle at on Tuesday, Seaforth take on Springville at York and Baptist Alliance play Sunrise.

Positive Vibes secure first win

Positive Vibes upset Bygrave United 2-1 to score their first win, while Baker blanked 50/50 Squad 2-0 in Sunday's round of matches in the INSPORTS/Jacques Road Six-a-Side football competition.

In a double-header played at the Jacques Road community playing field, Positive Vibes finally lived up to their name, as debutant Sammy Hudson scored in the 14th minute to give them a 1-0 lead.

After the break, Bygrave's Omar Crowl Jr hit the target in the 50th minute to draw his side level. However, three minutes later, Hudson grabbed his second of the match to hand Positive Vibes victory and Bygrave their first defeat of the season.

Baker United made it two-in-a row with two late goals, which pushed them to third in the standings. After 53 minutes of goalless action, Baker took the lead when leading goalscorer Christopher Brown intercepted a long pass to score seven minutes from time.

A minute later 50/50 were put away for good when Nicholas Fisher dribbled his way down the field and made a neat pass to Ramoy Hemmings, who registered his first goal of the season.

Beach Volleyball

The Jamaica Volleyball Association, through its Beach Volleyball Committee, will be opening the 2009 'Out and Bounce' Beach Volleyball season with the first doubles beach competition today at the UWI Bowl.

The competition is open to all persons but only the first 12 teams to register will be allowed to compete. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Registration attracts a fee of $1,500 per team.

Participating teams will be competing for cash, trophies, medals and gift packages. Additionally, the tournament will help to select the four male and female beach volleyball teams to represent the island in the Jamaican leg of the NORCECA 2009 Beach Volleyball Tour.

Guidelines for the tournament: Only the first 12 teams to register will be allowed to compete on the day of competition.

Upon registration, teams will receive 200 bonus points towards their accumulated points.

Teams must be uniform in attire, according to the designs stipulated by the FIVB, the World Governing Body.

Camperdown clinch chess title

Defending champions Camperdown High clinched their fifth hold on the RBTT National Schools Chess Championship title.

In the all-island final played last Sunday at RBTT headquarters in New Kingston, Camperdown came away 4-0 winners over rural Champions St Catherine High.

Camperdown took an early lead in the match after National Under-14 and Under-12 champion, Tewana Mellace, dispatched St Catherine's Curtis Soares in 24 moves on Board Four. Soon after, Camperdown's captain and national Under-20 champion, Damion Davy outplayed St Catherine's Troy Leachman on Board One to give Camperdown a 2-0 lead.

It was left up to St Catherine's Girvan Whittle on Board Two and Aldeam Facey on Board Three to try to salvage the match. Camperdown had other ideas, however, as Rayon Walters on Board Two and Warren Cornwall on Board Three proceeded to emphasise Camperdown's dominance of the 2008/2009 schools chess season. Cornwall and Walters overcame the resistance put up by Whittle and Facey to give Camperdown an emphatic 4-0 win and with it their fifth hold on the national title.

Camperdown copped most of the awards on offer at the awards ceremony that followed the match including the national championship trophy, Best Corporate Area Team, Best Board 1 - Damion Davy, Best Board 2 - Rayon Walters, Best Board 3 - Warren Cornwall, Best Board 4 - Tewana Mellace and Most Valuable Player - Damion Davy. Each award came with a cash prize.

St Catherine High took home the runner-up trophy and the trophy for winning the Rural Area Championship.

Pembroke Hallbeat UTech

Defending champions Pembroke Hall defeated University of Technology (UTech) 3-1 in a women's match and UTech blanked Pembroke Hall 3-0 in Division One in two rescheduled matches played at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre on Wednesday in action from the JTTA/Northwest Development National league.

University of the West Indies (UWI) are still leading the standings, with 25 points, ahead of Pembroke Hall (23), Windalco Kirkvine Sports (15), Hy-Performance (13), Highgate United (10) and UTech (eight).

UTech have completed their fixtures while matches remaining for the other teams range from one to four, and the top four finishers will progress to semi-finals.

In Division One, defending champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) are on top with 23 points, followed by last year's beaten finalists Athletico Port Antonio (21), UTech (18), Hy-Performance (17), Pembroke Hall (15) and UWI (seven).

Athletico Port Antonio and UTech each have two matches left to play while the other teams each have a match in hand.

Mystix pool tourney this weekend

Mystix Sports Bar, in association with Tads Record Inc, presents all-island ranking Pool tournament number three today and tomorrow at Mystix, 78 3/4 Hagley Park Road, starting at 5 p.m. both days. The tournament offers a first prize of $25,000 and a trophy, second $10,000 and trophy, third $5,000 and fourth $2,500.

Entry fee is $900 per player, re-entry $700, ladies $500. For early booking call 391-4666.

The organisers expect most of the top players from the Corporate Area to compete including Ewart Hall who won the first ranking tournament of the season at Hot Shots in mid-January and Gary Manning, winner of the lucrative Palm Court Sports Bar and Car Wash/Western Negril tournament on February 14 and 15.

Five nine-foot tables will be used during the tournament.

Eastern All-Starsare skittles champs

Eastern All-Stars defeated arch-rivals Rowe's Strikers 6-2 to win the Pattex Cup skittles final last Sunday at the JPS Sports Club, Ruthven Road.

For their efforts, the east Kingston team collected $80,000 and the Pattex Cup. Rowe's Strikers from New Kingston picked up $40,000.

In the third place playoff, outgoing defending champions Meadowvale from Portmore clipped Eagles (formerly Cherry's Strikers) 6-5 in the 11th and final game after racing into a 3-0 lead in the early stages.

Run by the Jamaica Skittles Federation, the competition is sponsored by Henkel.

Portsmouth face Thunderbolts

Portsmouth are set to turn on the heat on Thunderbolts in the 11th round of the St Catherine Football Association Division one match at the Passagefort playing field tomorrow, at 3:30 pm.

Portsmouth are coming off a 3-2 win over McCook's Pen, the latter's first loss of the season.

Portsmouth are runaway leaders in zone one on 28 points from 10 matches, seven points ahead of Cumberland. McCook's Pen remain on 17 points in Zone two.

In other games, Treadways host McCook's Pen at McGrath High School and Portmore's Cumber-land travel to Pleasant Farm to play home team Invaders.

Tafari Lions are leaders

Tafari Lions of St Elizabeth took over sole leadership of the South Central Super League after a 1-0 win over Newlands of St Catherine at the Lacovia Sports Complex last Sunday.

Marlon Fletcher scored the lone goal for the winners.

The win took them to 21 points, two more than former leaders Naggo Head (19) who drew 0-0 with Monymusk in their game on Saturday.

Fletcher, Lions' top striker and leading goal scorer, who collected a right sided cross, scored from close range in the 71st minute.

Ten minutes earlier, National Under-21 invitee Nickow Smith missed a penalty kick which was beautifully saved by goalkeeper Gavin Spence.

The St Catherine team launched several attacks in the second half, trying to find the equaliser, which never materialised.