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Spurs, Gaters clash in Elite League

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AMRobert Bailey
Nicole Aiken-Pinnock

National shooter Shantal Slater of Man-chester Spurs and Claren-don Gaters' top defender and national captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock will square off this evening in the Berger Paints Elite netball league at the Leila Robinson Courts.

The highly anticipated match is set to tip off at 6:15 p.m. It will be preceded by the opening game between St Ann Orchids and St James Sharpes at 6 p.m.

St Catherine Racers and defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds clash in the final match of the evening at 7:30 p.m.

The feature game between the Spurs and Gaters is expected to competitive. Both teams are seeking vitals points as they look to secure berths in the semi-finals.

Another interesting match-up will see national defender Vangelee Williams from Spurs facing off with national Under-21 shooter Simone Gordon from Gaters.

The Spurs are fourth in the standings with 12 points, three behind leaders Racers.

crucial win

The Gaters and the Sharpes are tied for second on 13 points. They are followed by Orchids

in fifth, nine points, and the Hummingbirds, still without a point.

The Spurs are coming off a 52-39 win over St Ann Orchids in their last game. Carline Graham, coach of Spurs, said today's match is a crucial one for her team.

"It is very important game for us because we have no intention of losing anymore because we want to be in the final," said Graham.

"We are extremely confident because we have a very strong centre court, and that gives us an advantage over the other teams," she said.

Graham added: "We also have Shantal Slater, who is the top shooter in the competition, and that is a plus for us.

Gaters, who have been having a good season, so far, are coming off a 43-30 win over the Hummingbirds.