Mandeville Pistol Club fetes children Tuff Gong dethrone Connection St Catherine will be allowed to compete in the annual Juici-Patties-sponsored South Central Confed Under-13 and Under-15 leagues. This decision was confirmed at the recent awards ceremony at The Verandah, the chief dining facility at the home of the sponsors at Clarendon Park. New Jamaica Football Federation regulations have reconfigured the boundaries of the Confed structure, They have removed St Catherine from South Central and have aligned them with KSAFA, which also now includes St Thomas. However, the hierarchy of the South Central Confed has, in conjunction with the sponsors, decided that St Catherine will not be denied participation in the Juici-Patties junior competitions. St Catherine have the most outstanding record in the 31-year-old competition and were champions of both the Under-15 and the Under-13 competitions this year. Tuff Gong have won the 2017 staging of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 competition. They beat defending champions Connection 4-1. Connections were champions in 2015 and 2016 while Tuff Gong last dominated the competition, almost a decade earlier. With the game tied at 1-1 at half-time, no one could have predicted the outcome. The game swung Tuff Gong’s way when Tyrick Harrison was introduced and with more crosses coming in, his twin brother Tyrece obliged scoring twice as Tuff Gong went on to win 4-1. Other scorers for Tuff Gong were Jeffrey Carter and Domin Reid. Leon Bryan scored Connection’s lone goal. Tyrick Harrison was later voted the Most Valuable Player. St Catherine to participate in Juici-Patties league Manchester FA blames poor facilities on community leagues The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s management team, led by administrator Tamana Minott, recently feted children from the community of Top Lincoln. Children were provided with food and ice cream before being presented with school items such as crayons, writing books, and school bags. The children, their parents, and other citizens from the community, got a chance, during the function, to mingle with a few of the club shooters. The Manchester FA is to set new regulations to monitor the number of community leagues played during the football season. According to President Dalton Wint, the mushrooming of leagues was creating a deleterious effect on the football facilities. He said most of the leagues were played in a four-month period following the Manchester FA-run competitions, which usually end in May each year. Wint declared: “What we are finding out is that all the leagues are played at one facility with multiple games each week or evening. There is no effort made by the organisers to do refurbishing or upgrading work on the field, the goal posts, or permanent facilities there. Once they are finished, they leave, and then the actions are repeated the next season. This cannot continue.” He placed the blame squarely at the feet of political machinery in the parish, who he says are the main sponsors of these leagues.