Henriques tops first shooting match in Mandeville Orville Henriques began 2017 on a winning note, smashing a 10-man field to take the first monthly match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club last weekend. Henriques, who was the top shooter in local matches during the 2016 season, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who posted 73 per cent. The surprise finisher was Lyle Swaby, who took third spot. Swaby only started serious competition on the shooting circuit last year. Owen Campbell (62 per cent) copped fourth, edging Thomas Jones by one percentage point, with Evan Grant and Desmond Prince rounding out the shooters who got above 50 per cent. The next major match, dubbed Pre-Florida Open matchup, will be on February 12. St Bess FC of St Elizabeth lead on goal difference in a three-way tie on points at the top of the standings after five rounds of the 2017 South Central Confed Super League. Following a 4-0 demolition of Clarendon’s New Bowens last weekend, St Bess lead with 13 points ahead of Sporting Central and Tru-Juice of St Catherine. All three have won four of their five games and drawn one. Sporting Central earned their fourth win after outscoring Hillstars of Manchester 3-2 while Tru-Juice got the better of Kemps Hill 4-3. Dunbeholden FC also won 3-0 against Downs FC while Rivoli United FC disposed of Blackstars 4-1. The weekend was remarkable for Ricam Academy of Manchester, who scored their first victory beating visiting Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 3-1 at Greenvale Community Centre. The Noranda/New Day North Central Athletics meet takes place today at the Port Rhodes Sports Club, Discovery Bay. According to meet organiser Duen Daley, the meet has attracted more than 20 schools and a number of track clubs, including Athletico, Comets, and the Moneague Track Club. The meet has also been opened to prep and primary schools. The day starts off at 9 a.m. with the running of the 3,000 and 5,000 metres events. The grounds, track and facilities have been made available by the Port Rhodes Sports Club and Noranda/New Day bauxite operations. Greater Portmore Primary will have their annual 3K road race on their school grounds on Friday, February 3. Primary and high schools students in Portmore have been specially invited. Also invited are health-conscious individuals, parents and members of various clubs. Proceeds are in aid of the school’s sport programme. Entry fee: $300 children, $500 adults. Warm-up 6.30 a.m., race time 7 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three winners of each age group. Three-way tie in South Central Confed Noranda/New Day regional track meet on today Greater Portmore Primary 3K road race February 3 Porus FC have put last season’s disappointing run behind them and are leaders after two matches in the new season of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. In fact, of the five teams which have played two matches, Porus are the only one to have a perfect run. The seven-team league saw three matches being played – two at Kirkvine Sports Club and one at the Porus Community Centre. In the first game at Kirkvine, Porus were gifted all three points when Mile Gully handed them an own goal in the final minute of play. The second game produced a five-goal thriller as Technical Strikers outscored Comfort 3-2. The man of the match was Technical Striker’s Christopher Williams, who scored twice. In the lone encounter at the Porus Community Centre, Star Zone and Villa played to a 1-1 draw. Defending champions Fort International made a winning start to their 2017 campaign as the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union domino league kicked off last Sunday. Fort defeated Mechanical Strikers 300-275. In other games, Right Stuff whipped Chedwin Strikers 300-246; Eradication stopped Masterpiece 300-277; Links United thrashed Ken’s Wildflower 300-224; Waterhouse United beat Naggo Head 300-281; Spring Village defeated Frasziers Whip 300-272; Correctional Services beat Garveymeade 300-190; Soursop Tree defeated Memory Lane 300-241; Feluchi Strikers outlasted Passagefort United 300-290; Exceptional International surprised Braeton All Stars 300-285. Tomorrow’s matches (Home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Right Stuff; Frazsiers Whip vs Fort International; Links United vs Masterpiece; Memory Lane vs Waterhouse United; Passagefort United vs Correctional Services; Eradication vs Ken’s Wildflower; Braeton All Stars vs Naggo Head; Chedwin Strikers vs Feluchi Strikers; Mechanical Strikers vs Soursop Tree. Fort make winning start Manchester and St James will contest the finals of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) netball competition on February 3. The venue is yet to be decided but St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) is being explored. The two parishes won their respective semi-finals last Friday at STETHS. St James defeated Westmoreland while Manchester had an easy victory over St Ann. Five games on in Portmore Division Two Five games are scheduled in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow. Newly crowned mid-season champions Racing United have a tricky away assignment to Braeton United at Ferdie Neita Park in the first match of a double-header at 1 p.m. In the second game at 3 p.m., Westchester tackle Waterford. At Southborough field, Edgewater will square off against Three West at 1 p.m. and Caymanas Gardens tackle Southborough at 3 p.m. in the venue’s second game. In a lone game at the Cumberland High School field, Cumberland host Daytona. Meanwhile, Racing United took the mid-season trophy last Sunday without kicking a ball, as their opponents in the final, Edgewater FC, failed to show. Porus lead Manchester Major League Manchester, St James teachers in JTA netball finals
Although he’s sitting out the Stater Bros. 300 this time around, Kahne returns to Fontana as a favorite to win Sunday’s Auto Club 500. California Speedway ranks as one of Kahne’s best tracks, where an average finish of 11.0 in six Nextel Cup races is second only to Jimmie Johnson’s 8.0 average finish. The former USAC sprint car champion claims that the 2-mile oval – with its 3,100-foot frontstretch and 2,600-foot backstretch – fits his driving style perfectly. “My strengths are the same since I came into the Busch Series,” said Kahne, who finished fourth in last season’s Auto Club 500. “I’ve always done better on the mile-and-a-half and 2-mile race tracks. “Those are the tracks I run my best at. I need to work on the short tracks. I’ve come a long way in the last two years and I even ran second at Martinsville. “The road courses are my weakest link. For some reason, I’ve never been able to get through the full race. Last year, we qualified fifth (editor’s note: actually sixth at Sonoma) and second (at Watkins Glen), so it’s not about making a lap. It’s just about putting the full race together and to go fast the entire race. That’s something we haven’t learned yet.” What he has learned is how to win races on a frequent basis. Last season, Kahne led the Cup series with six wins, all on the high-horsepower tracks he prefers. Winning will pay greater dividends this season as NASCAR unveiled a new points structure in January, which gives five extra points for winning a race. If the new system had been implemented a year ago, Kahne would have entered the Chase for the Championship as the points leader. It comes as no surprise the Enumclaw, Wash., native fully supports these changes. “I think it’s good,” said Kahne, driver of the No.9 Dodge. “I knew there would be some changes and I was hoping for changes with wins. “It’s tough to win six times and it will be tough for us to do it again. That’s definitely what we are shooting for, to try to win races. Consistency is still a big deal in the Chase, especially in the first 26 races, but the wins are going to add up. That’s a huge start to the way the Chase will start out.” Consistency has been Kahne’s Achilles heel over his first three Nextel Cup seasons. While he’s won seven races and 12 poles in 108 starts, he’s finished in the top 10 less than 38 percent of the time. Most disturbing is an average of seven DNFs per season. A full 14 of those failures, including one in the 2005 Auto Club 500, can be attributed to driver crashes. His 2007 season has gotten off to a rough start. Team director Kenny Francis won’t make the trip to Fontana, suspended for four races after a rules infraction in Daytona 500 qualifying. We all just have to communicate between ourselves and use our heads,” Kahne said of his Evernham Motorsports teammates Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler. “We should have cars to run up front pretty much at everywhere we go this year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California Speedway is one of Kasey Kahne’s favorite tracks. That’s bad news for the rest of the Nextel Cup Series field. Kahne was easily the dominant driver the last time NASCAR visited Fontana in September. One day after winning the Busch Series Ameriquest 300, Kahne led 130 of 250 laps to capture a victory in the Nextel Cup Sony HD 500.