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Sharpes hunt another win

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Manchester Spurs' Vangelee Williams goes high to defend ahead of goal shooter Kayann Cousins of St Ann Orchids during a Berger Elite Netball match on Friday evening at the Leila Robinson Courts. At centre is goal attack Shanice Beckford of St Ann Orchids.

Table-topping St James Sharpes and last year's beaten finalists St Catherine Racers will clash in today's lone game in the Berger Paints Elite Netball competition at the Leila Robinson Courts starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Sharpes, the only unbeaten team left in the competition, will enter the contest oozing confidence following a nail-biting victory over the Manchester Spurs in their last game. The Sharpes' current record stands at two wins and a draw.

Jennifer Brown-coached Sharpes will be relying heavily on their experienced national representatives Paula Thompson and Sasher-Gaye Henry to lead their charge to victory.

They are expected to receive support from former national player Jodian-Ann Ffrench Kentish, Deneen Taylor and Marion Campbell.

On the other hand, the Racers are coming off a victory over Clarendon Gaters in their last game. The Christopher Smart-conditioned squad has registered two wins and one defeat from three matches this season.

Sunshine Girls Malysha Kelly, Ann-Kay Griffiths and Khadijah Williams are the top players for Racers. The trio is expected to get good support from LaDonna Lamonth, Samantha White and Nadia Hanson.


fourth straight loss


Meanwhile, the Gaters defeated Kingston Hummingbirds 32-31 on Friday to hand the defending champions their fourth straight loss of the season.

The Gaters were led to victory courtesy of Kadie-Ann Dehanney's 27 goals from 41 attempts. National representative Thristina Harwood, 21 goals from 28 attempts and Meleshia Josephs 10 goals from 15 tries, were the leading scorers for the Hummingbirds, who are yet to win a match under their new coach Marvette Anderson.

In another game played on Friday, St Ann Orchids recorded their second straight win in the tournament, with a 38-34 victory over Manchester Spurs. National player Shanice Beckford led the way for the Conrod Parks-coached Orchids with a game high 28 goals from 36 tries.

She received valuable support from Kayann Cousins, who shot 10 from 20. Shantal Slater, 22 goals from 29 attempts, and Tracy-Ann Francis eight goals from nine tries were the scorers for Spurs.