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.” 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.
Burnt Savannah booked their ticket in a nail-biting battle with Kingston’s Iris Gelly, as a strong last quarter performance earned them a come-from-behind 10-9 win. Marlie Mount overcame a difficult challenge from Portmouth of Portmore, to triumph 14-12. Portsmouth led 7-5 midway the game, however, Marlie Mount’s usual strong second-half display saw them leveling the scores at eight-all at the end of the third quarter before getting their nose in front at the final whistle. Marlie Mount’s opponent will be known today when Black River take on Naggo Head in a rescheduled quarter-final encounter.
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.
Meantime, dethroned champions Spring Garden, who lost to Marlie Mount in the semi-finals, drubbed Linstead’s York Street 9-1, to secure third spot. In football, Marlie Mount were on a high after their netball team won the parish title earlier at the same venue. But their spirits were shattered by the brilliant Jaedeo Mitchell who scored in the 37th and 52nd minutes to give Friendship Primary a deserved 2-0 semi-final victory. Friendship will play defending champions McAuley Primary in final is set for December 12, 2017 at Homestead starting 12:30 pm, while Marlie Mount and Ensom City will contest the third-place kick-off at 11:00 am.
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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.”
“As an avid reader, you had a keen attention to detail and to the correct protocol for the performance of your duties. You always planned long in advance and would not give in to a last minute flurry of activity. You stood your grounds when some wanted you to circumvent the rules. The huge ledger which carried the records of the church’s financial status was filled out in complete detail. Your penmanship was clear and precise. There was no difficulty in deciphering what you had written. Even in your early 90s you were still the treasurer. To your credit, Holy Trinity was the only church in the cure which was up to date with their commitments to Church House during your tenure,” said Golding regarding some of Grandison’s many worthy contributions to the church. “Mrs Grandison, you have been a faithful communicant, a devoted and prayerful Christian of the Holy Trinity Church Old Harbour for almost three-quarters of a century, and it is fitting that your service should be celebrated,” she added. And the Education Minister said the ministry has taken note of the contribution of stalwarts such as Mrs. Grandison. He noted that a decision was taken “years ago” for each region of the ministry to host functions “every two years or as it becomes necessary” and honour retired servants of the sector. “This special appreciation function should be an essential element for all organizations and educational institutions. “I don’t think a formal event was hosted for Mrs. Grandison. A formal thank you was never said. For this 97 year-old lady being celebrated, this special function is providing a gilt edge opportunity to say thanks publicly: To a wonderful lady who has worked assiduously to make Jamaica’s education system a success, we acknowledge your work and your worth. “Mrs. Mabel Grandison, your work has not gone unnoticed. You have served the Education Ministry with honour and distinction and we will always be indebted to you.” In her response Grandison was most gracious and was deeply touched to know that she had had such a positive impact on so many lives. She said she was overwhelmed by the large diverse support as many persons travelled from abroad to share in the momentous occasion. She also expressed her displeasure of those persons seeking to promote patois or Jamaican creole as a language to be taught in school. She said the fact that patois is not an official language, nor is it used as a communication tool in international trade, more emphasis is required in mastering the English. Children are having difficulty speaking English, she argued, because it is not ingrained in the homes and therefore the language is unfamiliar to students when at school. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
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During the summer school break he said they’ll be taking steps to create additional space to accommodate over 250 grade one students spread across seven classes. The phasing out double shifts represents part of the government’s policy to improve the quality of education administered in public schools. This is based on research conducted by the ministry, along the lines of international best practice, which revealed that students on single shift perform better due to longer contact time between teacher and student among other variables. Marlie Mount, which originally operated as a single shift school, is slated to return to single shift status by September 2017. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK