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Forbes for Elite League

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 3:00 AMRobert Bailey
Simone Forbes

Former Sunshine Girls captain, Simone Forbes, is set to make her debut in this year's Netball Jamaica(NJ)/Berger Paints Eilte competition this after she was selected by the St Ann Orchids in Wednesday's draft.

The Orchids, who will be coached by Conrod Parks, also have in their line-up national senior representatives Adean Thomas, Shanice Beckford and Kimone Tulloch. Parks will be assisted by Rohan Robinson.

Former national Under-16 head coach, Marvette Anderson, has been installed as the head coach of defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds. Anderson, who takes over the reins from Sylvester Campbell, will be assisted by George Pryce.

Meanwhile, president of NJ Marva Bernard said she is very delighted with the support and sponsorship her association has received from corporate Jamaica in staging the competition.

"I am feeling very proud, and we are not turning back with this," said Bernard.

"We believe that it is a good thing for Jamaica's netball and for our elite teams to develop and have a competition that they can play hard close matches and give sponsors good value for their money," she said.

"We think that for the game to grow, spectators have to have exciting matches all the time, and we are putting in some more excitement around our leagues," Bernard said.

Bernard added that there will be an MVP for each round of the competition. Title sponsors Berger Paints will provide giveaways during the matches.

"We are going to have more spectator giveaways, we are going to have more spectator involvement, and we are going to promote the sport. We are also going to promote our sponsors, and in the end, netball will win," Bernard said.

She noted that the Elite League will also help to give the Sunshine Girls a lot of match practice as they continue to prepare for this year's World Championships.

"The Sunshine Girls, who are preparing for the World Cup, will have to play in this league because it gives them that opportunity to play hard for the selectors to look at them," Bernard said.

The World Championship will be held in Sydney, Australia in August.