Queens Park win inaugural Mayor Leon Thomas Netball League
Mayor Leon Thomas (back row, centre) poses with members of the Queens Park netball team who won the inaugural Mayor Leon Thomas Portmore Sunshine City Netball League recently.
The inaugural Mayor Leon Thomas Portmore Sunshine City Netball League ended recently with Queens Park beating Progressive 28-25 in a keenly contested match to cop the first place trophy and a cash award of $200,000.
The final was played at the Marine Park Community Centre.
For their effort, Progressive received $100,000 while third-placed team, Braeton, received $60,000. Westchester rounded out the top four.
Fifteen teams entered the six-week competition that started on September 30. Five teams were placed in each of the three zones, which covered the three Portmore constituencies of St Catherine South, St Catherine South East and St Catherine East Central.
Following the preliminary round, the two top teams from each zone along with the two best third- placed teams advanced to the quarterfinals. The top four advanced to the semifinals before Queens Park met Progressive in the big finale.
There were a raft of prizes including for leading goal scorer, most valuable player and a most outstanding player. The player who scored the historic opening basket on September 30, also received a prize.
“The objective of the tournament is to ensure a meaningful netball competition for the municipality of Portmore and for the development of the courts and the various communities,” said Chairman of the organising committee, Basil Taylor.
“The Mayor indicated that one of his major objectives is to build and refurbish courts across the municipality,” Taylor shared. He said the organising committee will meet in January to assess how well the inaugural tournament went and to plan for the 2019 installment.
For his part, Mayor Thomas said it was important to establish a competition targeting the females in the municipality. “Too often they feel left out as right across the country we have numerous sporting events taking place with the majority targeting males,” Mayor Thomas told Loop News.
“I will use the inaugural tournament as a catalyst to ensure that proper playing surfaces are developed right across the municipality,” Mayor Thomas added.
The Mayor said he was “very pleased with the overall quality of the players but more importantly with the camaraderie that it engendered among community members.”
Mayor Thomas said community members were already looking forward to the 2019 tournament.