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Elite netballers take spotlight

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Malysha Kelly of St Catherine Racers.
Humming Birds' Harwood

The Leila Robinson Courts will be buzzing with excitement this evening when defending champions Kingston Humming Birds take on St Catherine Racers in the opening match of the 2015 staging of the Berger Paints Elite League.

The match is set to start at 7:30 p.m and is a repeat of last year's Best of Three finals. It will be preceded by the opening encounter between the St James Sharpes and St Ann Orchids at 4:30 p.m.

The Humming Birds, who are seeking their second consecutive hold on the trophy, will be guided by new coach Marvette Anderson.

A former national Under-16 head coach, Anderson took over the reins from Sylvester Campbell. She will assisted by Roy Pryce.

The Humming Birds, have lost the services of Elaine Davis and Sade Ffrench, who have opted out of this year's competition due to personal reasons.

However, they have acquired the likes of Shanique McFarlane, Kimberly Thomas and Nalika Watson.

"We have had a few training sessions and have girls have really enjoyed themselves, and so they are looking forward to this match," said Pryce.

"We are having an issue concerning the availability of players for games, but once we have our full compliment of the players for the game, then we will give a good account of ourselves," Pryce said.

National players Thristina Harwood, Mellisa Josephs and Stacian Facey are also expected to play a vital role for the Humming Birds today.

On the other hand, the Racers' coach, Christopher Smart, said despite his team's limited preparation entering today's match, he is confident they will give a good display.

"We have retained most of our players from last season, and so we are expecting a very good game," Smart said.

"We only had one official training session and it was good. We have sorted out some things, and I think we are up and ready to go," he said.

The Racers team will be led by national representatives Malysha Kelly, Anna-Kay Griffiths and Khadijah Williams.

They are expected to receive good support from Ladonna Lamoth Shanton Matheson, who were recently drafted by the Racers.