Monday, February 19, 2018

The date January 30, 2018 will forever be etched in the annals of Marlie Mount Primary School after winning its first ever major national sporting title.

Having claimed their first parish netball title in December, the primary institution, more known for its excellence in academia and the arts, took a giant step forward on Tuesday by beating Clarendon’s Portland Cottage 17-12 in the grand finale of the INSPORTS National Primary School Netball competition.

“I feel great. The season was a great one. It was hard work, sometime it gives me a lot of headache but the headaches paid off in the end. They have improved which they showed in this game and I am happy that we won,” an exuberant Tudi-An Green, head coach of the champions, told Old Harbour News at the end of the game played at the Leila Robinson Courts, at the National Stadium Complex.

The travelling party which included principal Calvin Harris, vice principals, teachers and scores of students were ecstatic at the sounding of the final whistle.

Donet Wallace (left) of Marlie Mount intercepts a pass to Portland Cottage’s Nickesha Powell (right), while teammate Gabrielle Harris looks on

Words were not enough to describe the mass elation as history has just been written.

“We are extremely elated about winning this championship. The girls have been working tirelessly over the season and this win means a lot to them and the school also, because the school is not known for sport, we are mostly known for academics… This win says a lot that we have diversity as it relates to what we offer at the school,” Harris said.

With each passing round Marlie Mount looked like the team to beat dispatching their enviable rivals with conviction.

Portsmouth in the quarterfinals would present their sternest test a difficult challenge they manage to overcome by two points.

Naggo Head were no match for them in the semi-final at GC Foster College. But a different proposition was required to overcome Portland Cottage - a team that possessed one of the best emerging talents in the form of lanky goal-attack Nickesha Powell.

Portland Cottage’s Shaneika Longmore (left) intercepts a pass to Calissa Cobourne of Marlie Mount

The Clarendon side’s route to the final was largely due to Powell’s individual brilliance. But after seeing them outclass St Elizabeth’s Burnt Savannah Primary in the semi-final, Marlie Mount’s plan was obvious.

“In training the girls said Miss ‘all we have to do is the mark the goal-attack’,” Green informed. “And that is exactly what they did. We marked her out of the game and got her confused and we won the game.”

For the first three quarters, Green’s girls executed their plan to perfection, as they led by as much as eight points at one stage.

Portland Cottage would rally in the last quarter – a nervous period for Marlie Mount players and supporters – but the damage was already done. This feat achieved, though, goes beyond just winning, the Marlie Mount principal said.

“We wanted to show our support as the management of the school… and I think it is only fitting for us to be here to represent Marlie Mount Primary and Infant,” Harris said, while adding “I want to commend the coach and the PE (Physical Education) Department because they’ve already put in plans in place for next year. We want to expand the offerings of the school as it relates to sports.”

Collin Rose (left), sports officer at the Institute of Sports presents Portland Cottage with the runner-up trophy

Harris’ counterpart Dale Edwards, the headmaster at Portland Cottage, says the competition has done a whole lot for his school based in a community more known for its flood-prone issues.

“We are very proud of what the girls have achieved. They did well. Yes, we are a bit disappointed. I must say congratulations to Marlie Mount who played extremely well.

“But I think we didn’t bring our A-game today. The girls seem a little bit nervous by the occasion, but we are still proud of what we have done. Asked how the competition has helped his school, Edwards added: “It has done a lot. I think people don’t remember Portland Cottage because of where we are from, but this has given us a lot of exposure, persons have been calling us, congratulating us… so it has really put Portland Cottage out there.”

As for Marlie Mount, a different kind of pressure awaits them next season, but Green says they will be ready.

“The plan is to start training from now because we are coming back to defend our parish title and out national title,” said Green after copping her biggest achievement as a coach.

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Marlie Mount ended the INSPORTS St Catherine Primary School Football season in fourth place as defending champions McAuley retain their title for a third time.

The competition climaxed yesterday at the Homestead community centre with Marlie Mount coming out on the losing end of a five-goal thriller with Ensom City in the play-off for third.

Ensom City had to come from behind twice thanks to Marcus Anderson’s goals in the 30th and 52nd minutes after Marlie Mount’s skipper Shyjah Orridge scored in the 19th and 50th minute of play.

Akiel Morris then hit the winner for Ensom City on the stroke of full time in the 60-minute contest.

McAuley are champions for the third time after a 1-0 win over Friendship in the final.

McAuley’s victory was set up by Rajae Taylor’s seventh minute goal, before going close on several occasions.

Friendship, through talismanic captain Jadee Mitchell, had a couple chances too, but in the end McAuley ran out deserved champions.

In the preceding presentation ceremony, Marlie Mount was named most disciplined team, while Mitchell copped the leading goalscorer award for his 11 goals.

Taylor, who is head boy at McAuley, was most valuable player (MVP) of the final, with teammates Jahvay Marshall and Tiny Seaton taking the top goalkeeper and best female player prize respectively.

McAuley Primary are champions for the third after beating Friendship in the final

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St Catherine High School secured their first ever schoolboy football title of any kind when they defeated Eltham High 4-3 on penalties to lift the INSPORTS Challenge Cup at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, St Catherine on August 30, 2017.

The game boil down to penalties after St Catherine’s Marcovich Brown’s 76th minute goal canceled out Eltham’s Devonto Francis 61st minute strike in normal time, while the scores remain unchanged after 20 minutes of extra-time.

Raheem Henry, who starred in St Catherine’s semi-final victory last week, denied Francis in the shootout before Richard Brown, with Eltham’s fourth kick, fired wide of the target to spark wild celebration amongst the boys from St John’s Road.

In a game full of energy but lacking real quality, Francis’ goal which came against the run of play, added much intrigue through to the end. The tension was certainly high, particularly in the St Catherine High camp, which played out when Aliki Ellis wasted a glorious opportunity from the penalty spot to level. But minutes later Marcovich Brown restored parity from a free-kick 14 minutes from the end.

Winning coach Anthony Patrick said it was a morale boosting win and a statement going into the Manning Cup season.

St Catherine’s Paul Planter (left) and Jordan Mullings of Eltham battle for possession in the INSPORTS Challenge Cup final

"This is the first football final St Catherine has ever won, so it is very important and I am very happy we won,” he said. “This is a morale booster, now we have to wait on the Manning Cup season and see what happens. But it augurs well for us, as we started the season shakily but gradually game by game we started to play well and this is a testimony going into the Manning Cup season.”

St Catherine started better and created better opportunities but Brown squandered many of those chances to put St Catherine ahead. Eltham created good openings but most times had no one on the end of things.

The best chance of the half fell to St Catherine's Parrin Lewis but he failed to connect with Paul Planter's low cross.

Just after the break, Brown breached Eltham’s defence but kicked straight to Henry in goal.

Minutes later Eltham won a corner and Francis curled the resulting kick directly into the goal to give Eltham the lead.

But St Catherine got a great chance to equalise when Planter was brought down inside the box, but Ellis placed his effort wide of the target.

Malieke Miller (centre left), captain of St Catherine High School, accepts the symbolic champions’ cheque from Sport Minister Hon. Olivia Grange. Sharing in the presentation are Institute of Sport Administrative Director (ad interim) Renardo Smith (right) and Peter Reid (left), president of the St Catherine Football Association.

However, Brown made amends for all his profligacy earlier, when St Catherine received a free-kick outside the area and the midfielder curled a delicate shot past Ricardo Wright in the Eltham goal.

In extra-time, St Catherine also came closest with Jevaughn Cole missing a sitter. Rudy Brian also found the net but was ruled offside, while Joel Simpson hit the post with a header late on.

In the shootout, St Catherine netted all four kicks taken while Eltham failed to make it count with their fourth and fifth kicks.

Eltham's assistant coach Grenville Holmes said the defeat was “heartbreaking” but they were pleased with the preparation it afforded them for the upcoming schoolboy football season.

"It’s heartbreaking really. The fact that this idea is Eltham High School’s idea and to see we didn't win it hurts, but that's football. But it was a great tournament and hats off to INSPORTS," he said.

Jamaica Football Federation Director of Football Wendell Downswell (left) presents the tournament’s leading goal scorer award to Dinthill’s Antonio Roberts

St Catherine receive the Challenge Cup trophy and $100.000.00. Eltham took home $50.000. The eight participating teams also received $30.000.00 each.

Meanwhile Dinthill finished the eight-team pilot pre-season tournament third after blanking fellow daCosta outfit and neighbours Bog Walk 2-0. Antonio Roberts, who copped the golden boot award with six goals, scored both goals in the 23rd and 30th minutes.

Organised by state agency, the Institute of Sports, The INSPORTS Challenge Cup is a pilot preseason schoolboy football tournament held in parish of St Catherine involving eight teams.

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 14:28

Well done Marlie Mount Primary

It was a day of cheer for those present at Marlie Mount Primary last Thursday, as the institution was officially presented with the runners-up trophy for the 2016 INSPORTS St Catherine Primary School Football.

The entire football team led by tournament MVP DaJanique Ferguson and coach Dwayne Thomas received huge applause from the school community during morning devotion after finishing second best in the parish behind champions McAuley Primary of Spanish Town.

Elaine Walker-Brown is the sport officer in charge of the parish for the state-run Institute of Sports – organizers of the competition. While commending the school for their performance she was impressed by Ferguson, who was outstanding during the competition.

(L-R): School principal Calvin Harris, tournament MVP DaJanique Ferguson, Elaine Walker-Brown, sport officer, Institute of Sports and Dwayne Thomas, coach of Marlie Mount Primary football team

“We will be monitoring her development. Not just her football development but her overall development,” said Walker-Brown, who is also head of women’s football at the Jamaica Football Federation, the island’s governing football body.

“She was exceptional for her team and also as a player. She’s right up there in terms of talent with the best boys in the parish, which says a lot about the future of women’s football in our country,” added Walker-Brown.

School principal Calvin Harris was delighted by the performance of his students, telling Old Harbour News that the entire school is very proud of the team.

As per FIFA regulations girls are allowed to participate with boys in football competition at this age-group.

But the organizers went a step further by making it mandatory for every participating team to have at least one girl on the field of play at all times.

This is necessary, says Walker-Brown, as it represents the foundation of women’s football.

“This is how you get the girls involved at a very young age,” she said. “By the time they get 15, 16 years old their skill sets would be at the desired level, which makes it easier for the national coaches.”

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Old Harbour were ousted at the quarter-final stage of the INSPORTS St Catherine Community Netball, losing 26-18 to Knollis.

In the feature of four games played at the Marlie Acres Sports Complex, Old Harbour shot out of the block scoring the first three goals of the contest. Knollis clawed their back however, but Old Harbour ended the first quarter 6-5 ahead.

The visitors from Linstead shifted gears in the second quarter and outscored their opponent 8-3 to open up a four-point gap at half-time.

From then onwards, the visitors were in full control of the game, widening the gap between themselves and Old Harbour with the deficit increase to seven points at the end of the third quarter.

Old Harbour looked dead and buried coming out for the final quarter and despite a slightly improved showing, Knollis ran out deserved winners, joining Friendship, Church Road and Spartans in January 17 semi-finals.

In the earlier matches, Friendship defeated Fraziers Content 24-21; Church Road scored a hard fought 22-20 win over 3West, while Spartans outclassed Tryall 31-18.

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