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CTL Portmore domino quarter-finals

The CTL-sponsored Portmore/St Catherine domino league moves into its quarter- final stage tomorrow, all matches scheduled to be played at neutral venues. Eagle View, who topped the preliminary round by winning 20 of their 21 matches, will oppose Prozz and Conzz at Passagefort Drive, Fort International vs ISCF at Garveymeade, Eradication vs Ackee Pod at Dunbeholden and Caribbean Classic vs Masterpiece at Prison Oval. All matches start at 11:30 a.m.

Last Sunday, the previously unbeaten Eagle View stumbled at the final hurdle in their top-of-the-table clash with second-place Fort International in a home match at Old Braeton. Fort International won 300-284, handing Eagle View their first defeat in what was the 21st and final round of the competition.

However, this made little difference to the standings, as Eagle View still managed to top the preliminary round with 81 points from 21 matches, followed by Fort International with 78 points, Eradication in third on 71, Caribbean Classic fourth with 67, Masterpiece fifth also with 67, followed by Ackee Pod on 64, ISCF 63 and Prozz and Conzz also on 63 for eighth spot.

Last Sunday, Eradication defeated Masterpiece 300-295, pushing Masterpiece from fourth to fifth place in the final standings. The four winners of the quarter finals will meet in the semi-finals at Caymanas Park on Sunday, May 10, followed by the grand final on Sunday, May 24, also at Caymanas Park.

Hall wins another pool tournament

Ewart Hall defeated Elvis Newman 3-2 to win the best-of-five final of the Elvis Mr Safe eight-ball pool tournament at Head of State Pub, Angels Plaza in Spanish Town last weekend.

In winning his third of five ranking tournaments played so far this year, Hewitt, who represents Billiards, went through the tournament unbeaten. He won his big semi-final clash 3-2 against tournament favourite Noel 'Schoolboy' Blagrove from MoBay, before coming from behind to clip Newman in the final.

For his effort, Hall received $30,000 and a trophy, Newman got $15,000. In the playoff for third, Blagrove defeated the other losing semi-finalist, Andrew Bones, 3-1, to secure $7,000. Bones went down 3-2 to Newman in the second semi-final.

Hall remains the top-ranked player in the island with a total of 156 points, clear of Blagrove in second on 138. The tournament received more than 50 entries.

JDF top Business House volleyball

Despite a strong charge from Bank of Jamaica, defending champions Jamaica Defence Force continued their dominance of Business House volleyball with victory in the Supreme Ventures One Day Rally, held at the UWI Gymnasium last Sunday.

JDF once again went unbeaten in the double round-robin competition, raking in 10 points to move to 20 points overall. Utility player Garth Scott and attacker Demar Pinnock were in top form for the soldiers this time around. Bank of Jamaica strikers Matthew Dietrich and Craig Stewart played well for their team in a losing effort. Meanwhile, National Water Commission, with strong performances from the captain/setter Eloise McDowe, finished third with seven points and 14 overall. Newcomers AMECO, despite setbacks, held on for fourth with six points. Guardian Life rounded off the top five. University of the West Indies was a no-show.

The third and final one-day rally will be sponsored by Flora Margarine and takes place on Sunday, May 24, ahead of the Reggae Jammin Indoor League, which will run throughout the month of June.

Additional season sponsors include Betta Spring Water, Cooyah, Excelsior Biscuits and Matate Holdings.

Churches hunt cricket glory

Four churches will be taking big steps towards winning the Dr. Delford Davis trophy for Excellence as they do battle in the semi-finals of the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League this morning at Lime Tree Oval in St Catherine.

In the first semi-final match, last year's beaten finalist, Power of Faith Seniors take on Miracle Open Bible at 1 pm. In the feature match at 1:30 pm, Braeton New Testament challenge Faith Temple New Testament.

The winners will meet in the final set for Saturday, May 16. In this competition, sports is used as a vehicle to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Teams are influenced to fellowship before and after games.

Wanderers cop title

Wanderers defeated Watson Grove 3-1 on penalties in the second leg final of the E-Services sponsored Portmore Division two Football League on Sunday.

Watson Grove, which came into the game with a 1-0 advantage, were within minutes of snatching the title, but, Wanderers' Warren Morgan scored to send the game into extra time. With no goals, in the bonus period, the game drifted to penalties. Devon Morgan, Samari Shaw and Andrew Richards netted Wanderers' spot kicks.

Wanderers earlier in the season won the Colin Fagan knockout title with a 5-4 penalty kicks victory over Greater Portmore.

Wanderers to unleash fire on Braeton United

Defending champions Wanderers, fresh from their 16-0 hammering of Passagefort United in the opening week of the Senator Arthur Williams-sponsored U-15 Portmore Football League, will tomorrow unleash their fire on Braeton United at the Passagefort playing field, match time 3 pm.

In other games tomorrow, Watson Grove take on Portmore Pines in the opening game at 1 pm, at the Watson Grove playing field. At 3 pm, Christian Pen face off with Daytona. One game is scheduled for Hellshire playing field, Hellshire United hosting Rodwood at 3 p.m.

Royal Lakes Oval lifts Lakes Pen

For the residents of Lakes Pen, St Catherine, the Royal Lakes Oval is more than a plot of land. It's a source of inspiration that makes them proud.

The pride was clear on the faces of the great number of residents who made the trip to the community centre to watch their team in action.

It was a dream that started with sleepless nights and hard work by the group of young men who decided to give the area a recreational facility.

Michael Panchan, the founder of the club, told The Gleaner that the club's existence has helped to formulate the direction of a number of young persons, who would have diverted elsewhere.

"This field was built on the principle of hard work and dedication by the group which declared from 1984 that there needed to be an area where persons interested in sporting activities could go and make us in the community feel proud,'' Panchan said.

Already, there has been some success for the Royal Lakes women, under-15 male and senior football team, which has already qualified for next season's division one, as well as today's division two Business House knockout final.

Panchan said there are plans afoot to expand the activities of the club. Several persons who started with the team are still active in its advancement.

''For us it is just football and that is why we have so many supporters," said Kayon Stewart. "This place started before I was born and the crowd, continues to grow."

- RT

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