WESTERN BUREAU:Businessman Ryan Keating, through his Progressive Group, has vowed to stay on as title sponsor of the Trelawny FA Under-17 youth football league.This follows Sunday’s thrilling final between Clarks Town and Village United at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth.”The plan we have moving forward is to continue our sponsorship with the association, to help develop and unearth good, talented youngsters from this parish,” Keating said.”We really cannot complain about what we witnessed in this our first season as sponsors. There were some obvious glitches, but that was expected. It’s work in progress, and we are happy with the standard of most teams and the discipline of the players,” he added.Village United were crowned champions after tagging Clarks Town 2-1, thanks to a brace from their class striker, Shaquille James.First goalThe youngster fired home his first in the 55th minute, and added his second at the 68th minute after rounding the advancing Clarks Town goalkeeper, who was left to play almost as a sweeper – with his central defenders badly out of position – then walked the ball to the goal line before booting into the empty goal.Clarks Town did celebrate a goal, when Kirk Brown brought them temporarily back into the match with a 66th-minute equaliser at the back-end of a beautiful build-up. But his strike and celebration was short-lived.Village had more to shout about, as their midfielder, Charles Grant, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, while Tavayne Kerr of beaten semi-finalists Harmony FC, scorer of nine goals, won the Golden Boot award.Dean Ellis, Village United’s head coach, was full of praise for his youngsters.”This is a great way to close out the season. I hope the players learn plenty from their time out in the field. Some of us will not be here next season, but others will remain, and some will come in,” said Ellis.”I hope that we will be strong enough to retain the title when that time comes around, but right now, I am delighted with the achievement,” he added.
“Markets in the southern region remained largely unchanged from the previous year mainly due to a poorly performing labour market,” says President Gisela Janzen. “Overall B.C. northern appears to be most resilient in this post recession period when compared to the rest of the province.” In total, 4,891 properties were sold in northern B.C. in 2013, valued at $1.2 billion. That’s up from 4,696 sales the year before worth $1.08 billion. Fort St. John property sales continued to grow, with 854 properties changing hands last year, worth $289 million, compared to 825 worth $264.3 million in 2012. Along with that, the average cost for a single family residential property in this city has risen again over both 2011 and 2012, at $373,648. The average cost at the end of 2012 was 357,846. – Advertisement -However, the trend didn’t stick in Fort Nelson, where the average house price went down to $316,880 from $322,002 at the end of 2012, but is still up over 2011 prices. 88 properties were sold in 2013, worth $22.9 million, which is also down from 101 properties worth $29.2 million in the previous year. In addition, half of the 31 single family homes sold last year went for less than $290,000. There are currently 410 properties available in Fort St. John and 79 in Fort Nelson, as of December 31, 2013.Advertisement