Pelicans soar to easy win
The University of the West Indies Pelicans kicked off their defence of this year's Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League with a comprehensive 43-5 victory over Jobs Lane B on Saturday.
Led by last year's Most Valuable Player, Ladonna Lamonth, along with Vanessa Jones and Sadian Hemmings, the Pelicans raced to a comfortable 26-2 lead at half-time, then outscored their opponents 17-3 in the second half to seal a runaway victory.
"We are happy for the win," said Pelicans coach Conrod Parks. "We had some students just coming back from the Christmas holidays, and so many of them are not in full training as yet."
Parks added: "We are in high spirits, but are aware that there are a number of good teams in this competition and we have to prepare ourselves properly for whenever we meet them."
In another lopsided contest, Jamalco thrashed Hagley Park 37-4.
"We used some young players in this game and they played well, and so we are happy for the win," said Jamalco manager Wayne Shaw.
"It is going to be difficult for us to win the tournament because the Pelicans and Mico are the teams to beat, and so we are hoping for a top-four finish this year," he added.
In other matches, Red Challenge beat Police C 23-5, CablePro defeated Global United B 25-6, Pembroke Hall outplayed Duhaney Strikers B 38-3, Boulevard Baptist got by Genesis 38-17, Wolmer's B edged Tantrum 15-13 and Alpha 'A' whipped Maxfield Park 'A' 32-20. Seventy-two teams are taking part in this year's championships.