Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sport, lauded the American International School of Kingston’s contribution to Brand Jamaica through sports tourism ahead of their sixth annual SportsFeva tournament. The competition will see four international schools and an international party of 90 – 64 students and more than 20 coaches – travel to the island for the February 26 – March 6 showpiece. SportsFeva 2016 will feature local and international students from Jamaica, Aruba, The Bahamas, Cayman, and Curacao. They will compete in the under-10 to under-17 age groups. Overall, 20 schools and 300 students will compete this year. Tennis, clay shooting, football, and a new game component feature – GameFeva – will feature the FIFA 2016 tournament and other games. “Your involvement in tennis, in clay (shooting), and football will make this year’s staging even more exciting. We look forward to this going on for many years to come. On behalf of the prime minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, the Government, and the people of Jamaica, we welcome you, and we wish you every success in this year’s staging,” Neita-Headley said via video recording at yesterday’s launch at the school’s College Green Avenue- based campus. Shirley Davis, AISK’s head of school, said: “It’s one thing to have an annual event of this kind, but it’s another thing when it consistently grows. When AISK started SportsFeva, we had no idea that it would grow this fast or this quickly.” The tournament will see SoccerFeva feature 125 athletes on Friday and Saturday (February 26-27), while TennisFeva will host the biggest contingent of 168 students in the under-10, under-12 and under-17 age groups. ClayFeva will then climax the tournament on Sunday, March 6, with 73 athletes from junior A, B, and C; subjunior A and B; and girls A and B categories at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore, St Catherine. Bradley Ransom, AISK’s director of athletics, said SportsFeva “is pretty impressive for a small, non-commercial sporting event”. Flow, with a $1.5 million contribution, is the title sponsor, while patron sponsors are Stewarts Automotive Group, Ocean Splash, Gatorade, and Sagicor Bank. Product sponsors include Pizza Hut, Reggae Jammin, Watts New, Cafe Blue, National Outdoor Advertising, Manpower and Maintenance Limited, and Ranger Security.
Last year’s winners Calabar High School and Edwin Allen High School will retain their team titles at this week’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. That’s the conclusion contained in the 2016 Champs Preview magazine. Published on Friday, the Preview gives Calabar a 34-point margin over Kingston College in the boys’ contest.The boys’ prediction contrasts the 15.5 point difference between the two schools last year and indicates that Calabar, captained by sprinter Fabian Hewitt, will hoist the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the fifth time in a row.Edwin Allen are expected to have a huge edge over evenly matched teams from St Jago High, Hydel High, and Holmwood Technical. Last year, the Edwin Allen team beat the rising Hydel unit by 100 points. A similar winning spread is predicted by the Preview this year. Success would give Class Two sprinter Shellece Clarke the chance to lead her team to accept the accolades when the meet ends on Saturday, March 19.outstandingThe magazine’s Champs predictions include a win in the Class Three girls 100m for St Lucian Julien Alfred of St Catherine High, and double gold for Calabar’s outstanding Christopher Taylor in the Class Two 200m and 400m. Taylor, reigning Class Two 100m and 110m hurdles champion Dejour Russell, and Michael Stephens are expected to carry the day for Calabar with dominance in Class Two with Warren Barrett throwing his way to glory in Class One.After his recent shot put mark of 19.89 metres, Barrett has a chance to not only break the one year old record of 19.52m by Demar Gayle but also to approach the 20-metre barrier.The Preview says that Edwin Allen are strong on the track and in the field and credits the Frankfield-based school with 13 predicted wins. Accordingly, those successes are distributed across the sprints, middle and long distances, throws, jumps and relays.• Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.
NEW DELHI (AP):Opener Jason Roy smashed a quick-fire 78 as England beat New Zealand by seven wickets yesterday to reach the final of the World Twenty20 in convincing style.Roy clobbered 11 fours and two sixes off 44 balls during his maiden T20 half-century, as England scored 159-3 in 17.1 overs after Ben Stokes (3-26) helped restrict New Zealand to 153-8.England, the champions in 2010, will face the winner of the other semi-final between India and the West Indies in Mumbai today.Roy, who had scored 42 against Sri Lanka and 43 against South Africa in earlier matches of the tournament, took the game away from a team that had won all their previous four games by defending totals.He set the tempo by smashing four fours off the opening over from left-arm pace bowler Corey Anderson and went on to exhibit some fine shots in front and square of the wicket.Roy lofted and pulled fluently to add 82 in only 8.1 overs for the opening stand with Alex Hales (20) and continued in the same vein as England reached 100-1 in only 10.2 overs.Roy was bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi with England needing 44 off 48 deliveries.SEALING THE WINSodhi also trapped Eoin Morgan leg-before wicket off the next delivery, but Jos Buttler (32 not out) and Joe Root (27 not out) saw the team through with Buttler sealing the win with a six off spinner Mitchell Santner.”It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket,” Roy said. “I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there.”Earlier, England’s bowlers took charge after the mid overs and strangled New Zealand in the death overs.Put in to bat, New Zealand had kept a steady pace of runs with Colin Munro smashing three consecutive fours off Liam Plunkett to take the score to the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs while the 100 was reached in 12.2 overs.Munro boosted the score in the mid overs, adding 74 for the second wicket with captain Kane Williamson, who struck a 28-ball 32.New Zealand lost seven wickets for 62 runs following that partnership, the last 10 overs of the innings yielding only 64 runs in the face of some tight bowling from both the pace bowlers and the spinners.”I knew we were probably a touch short,” Williamson said. “The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team. We weren’t able to stem the flow of runs – it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy.”