The Gleaner advance in Business House basketball
The Gleaner advanced to the second round of the Business House three-on-three Division One basketball league when they defeated former champions Grace Canning 27-24 at the Stadium Courts recently.
The Gleaner qualified for the next round by virtue of having won seven matches as against losing five.
After losing their top player, Omar Wolfe, at the start of the season, The Gleaner struggled in the early matches, but the players gradually improved and with their captain, Keneil Allen, coming up big with three pointers, in recent matches, the team was able to qualify.
Allen scored a game-high 12 points against Grace, whose top player, Andrew Goulbourne, replied with 11. The Gleaner won the Division Two title in 2013 and have been campaigning in Division One since the 2014 season. The final of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee netball leagues will be hosted at the May Day High School grounds next Sunday.
The day’s activity begins with the third-place match in the Junior League between Porus and Broadleaf at 2:15 p.m. The Senior League third-place playoff between the Police team and Newleigh All Stars starts at 3 p.m.
The Junior League finals featuring Albion and Pear Tree gets under way at 3:45 p.m. The grand Senior final between Williamsfield and Bombay is earmarked for 4:30 p.m.
As an additional attraction, fans will be treated to the football final of the Knockpatrick Division. That match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The finalists will be determined soon. Henriques
Henriques, who is looking to better his current fourth-place ranking among the best Jamaicans who compete internationally, tallied 606 points from seven stages, a whopping 195 more than second-place Sue Ann Henriques, who shot at 67 per cent. It was the highest margin of victory by percentage in a major match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club.
Owen Campbell, who denied Henriques a clean sweep of the stages by winning Stage Seven – valued at 100 points – was third with 382. Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones completed the top five.
Desmond Prince, who finished sixth at 53 per cent, was the most striking lower-placed result.
Prince, who took up shooting seriously only last year, was producing his best finish among more experienced shooters in a major match.
The US Nationals will be staged from October 9-10 in Frostproof, Florida. of the Munro Top Rock 6.5 km walk race last Sunday.
The event, which is the initiative of the Munro College Old Boys’ Association, was being held for the first time.
The route began on the north end of the over 200 acres school property, going downwards into the community before asking athletes to negotiate the famous Chelsea hill, which has an elevation of over 100 metres.
McKenzie’s time of 52 minutes and 18 seconds was 15 minutes better than any other female participant but was fourth overall in the men’s category.
The two first places in the men’s event were taken by Munro College schoolboys Rejeanne McClymont (48 mins) and Dean Witter (50:58.39 mins). Third place went to Richard Bryan, who finished in 50:59:31 and who took the overall over-40 category.
McKenzie will now look to defend her Church Teachers College 5 km title. She is a distant relative of former top road racer Linton McKenzie.