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Spurs gunning for Elite title

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 11:30 PMRobert Bailey

 

Gleaner Writer

Manchester Spurs' head coach, Carlene Graham, expects her team to put up a strong challenge for this year's Berger Paints Elite Netball League title.

The Spurs recorded their second consecutive victory in the competition on Wednesday, with a 38-34 win over last year's beaten finalists St Catherine Racers. 


National goal-shooter Shantel Slater led the way for the Spurs with 27 goals from 33 attempts. She received support from Nicole Dixon, who shot 11 goals from 19 attempts. The Spurs led 20-17 at half-time and 28-24 at the end of the third quarter.

Anna-Kay Griffiths and Ladonna Lamont scored 17 goals apiece in a losing cause for the Racers.

"I know that my players can go on to win this competition," said Graham. "We have Vangelee (Williams) who is very experienced and we also have Shantal Slater, who is our top shooter.

"We have a crop of  players in the middle who are very fast and so I am confident that we can go all the way this season," Graham said.
    The Spurs are now the only unbeaten team left in the competition and reflecting on her team's performance Graham said: "I thought the ladies did extremely well. They came out with their A game, they executed well and so we are giving God thanks for that." 

Meanwhile, the St. James Sharpes picked up their first win of the season after overcoming a slow start to post a 30-25 victory over defending champions Kingston Humming Birds.

Deneen Taylor led the way for the Sharpes with 17 goals from 27 attempts. She received support from Jodi-Ann Ffrench, who shot 13 goals from 21 tries.

Monique Emery, nine from 12, Mellisha Josephs 11 from 15 and Thristina Harwood five from 11 were the scorers for the Humming Birds, who were suffering their second consecutive loss in the tournament.

In the day’s other game, April Thompson netted 15 goals from 24 attempts to steer the unbeaten Clarendon Gaters to a 30-23 win over St Ann Orchids.
Shanice Beckford, 14 goals from 22 attempts, and Giselle Allison with nine from 19, were the top scorers for the St Ann team who are yet to taste victory this season.

Third round action takes place on April 12 with Sharpes facing Spurs,  Gaters against Racers and Orchids opposing Humming Birds.