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Champs Pelicans seek second win

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Defending champions University of the West Indies Pelicans and Jamalco will be seeking their second consecutive victories in the Netball Jamaica/JN Sunshine Open League at the Leila Robinson Courts today.

The Pelicans, who are the favourites to win this year's title, will oppose Global United at 6:20 p.m.

Jamalco, who were semi-finalists in last year's competition, will play two matches on the day. They will take on Alexander Strikers B at 2:20 p.m. before closing out their day with a match against Exed Saints at 5:40 p.m.

The Pelicans began the season very confidently by thrashing Jobs Lane 43-5 last week.

Won't underestimate opponents

But Conrod Parks, the Pelicans coach, said they are not going to underestimate their opponents.

"I know that Global United are a good team because they have a good group of players who have been playing netball for a very long time," said Parks. He added: "We are the defending champions and so we are not going to take anybody lightly and so, every game that we play, we plan to give it our all."

Former national junior player and goal shooter LaDonna Lamont will lead the Pelicans' charge. She is expected to receive good support from Vanessa Jones and Cadene Cowan.

Jamalco began their campaign with a comprehensive 34-6 victory over Hagley Park.

The Winston Nevers-coached team, which includes former national players Marsha Murphy-Dawkins and Naudia Brown, is expected to get the better of their opponents in both matches today.

"I expect my team to get by these teams because they are fairly new teams, and so we are aiming for nothing less than victories in both matches," said Wayne Shaw, manager of Jamalco.

"We had first training on Thursday and the turnout was very good and the girls are looking forward to today's matches," Shaw said. Murphy-Dawkins and Brown are expected to receive support from Tracey Francis and Renee Crawford.