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Scotiabank A wary of Transport Authority threat

Published:Saturday | October 25, 2014 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Scotiabank 'A' and Transport Authority of Jamaica will clash in today's final of the Business House Netball Association Divisional Senior 'A' League competition at the National Arena, starting at 7 p.m.

The Senior 'A' final will be preceded by a number of other finals on the day. Norman Manley International Airport will take on National Water Commission in the Junior League final at 1:15 p.m., Jamaica Money Market Brokers will oppose Xerox in the Intermediate 'B' final at 2:30 p.m., Jamaica National Building Society Group will battle Bank of Jamaica in the Intermediate 'A' final, which is set for 4 p.m., while Scotiabank will entertain National Housing Trust in the Senior B final at 5:30 p.m.

The feature match between Scotiabank 'A' and Transport Authority is expected to be very exciting, as both teams will be at full strength.

Scotiabank, who are seeking their fourth hold on the trophy, will start as favourites, having defeated their opponents twice this season.

Regardless, Wayne Shaw, manager of Scotiabank, expects a tough game.

"We are confident, but our opponents have been getting better and better with each game that they play," said Shaw. "In the last game we played against them, they led us for three quarters, but we eventually caught up with them in the fourth quarter and beat them and so we are expecting a tough game."

Shaw added: "I am expecting us to win based on the depth and quality of players on my team. We are also more experienced than our opponents, as our girls have been playing together for the last couple of years and so the chemistry is excellent."

Former national players Naudia Brown, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Patricia McCalla, Stavia Taylor and Kameika Sherwood are expected to lead Scotiabank's charge.

Despite earlier losses, Novlette Vassell, coach of the Transport Authority, remains confident they can win.

"These girls just need to follow instructions and keep their composure because we lost our last game to them in the final quarter," said Vassell.

"I am confident that once they go out there and do what they're supposed to do and keep their composure and focus, then we can definitely win the game."

Continuing, Vassell said: "I know that Scotia is going to come out hard because they always play that way, but I think my team is ready for the challenge and we are going to put up a good showing."

Transport Authority will rest their hopes in the hands of national player Kimone Tulloch, along with former national Kadian Mendez, Shelly-Ann Davis, and Shanice Howe.