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Orchids hoping to bounce back

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Sabrina Spence (left) of St Ann Orchids fights for the ball with Mellissa Wright (right) of the Kingston Hummingbirds during game one of the final at the Berger Elite netball finals at the UTech auditorium on Thursday. The Kingston Hummingbirds won 57-43.

Janet Guy, coach of the St Ann Orchids, says that her team must execute in all four quarters in order to level their best-of-three finals in the Berger Elite League against the Kingston Hummingbirds, this evening at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology.

The Orchids trail one-nil in the series after they were beaten 57-43 by the Hummingbirds in game one at the same venue last Thursday.

Guy said they have made some adjustments in training and are very determined to win tonight's game.

"It must be a win for the Orchids," she said. "We have to step up to the game, and we will try to look at how we can get the centre pass into the goal circle convert them. We also have to find a way to steal their centre pass and capitalise on them," Guy added.

The veteran coach added that she is expecting what she describes as a very tough game from the Hummingbirds, but she is confident that they will come out on top.

"It is up to the girls now to go out there and execute, but I am looking forward to a competitive game because it is game two," Guy said. "Adean (Thomas) is back with us after her eye poke, and I am also hoping that our shooting team executes for us," she said.

Along with Thomas, the Orchids will be depending heavily on the likes of Sabrina Spence, who is the competition's leading scorer, former national captain Simone Forbes, Shanice Beckford and Althea Byfield, to lead their charge to victory.




On the other hand, the Hummingbirds' top shooter, Thristina Harwood, who netted 38 goals from 48 attempts in game one, said they are very determined to close out the series today.

"I know that the St Ann Orchids are going to come out very strong for the second game but come Thursday, I will be ready," said Harwood.

"I know for sure that there won't be a game three because I am going to play my all out and so Kingston Hummingbirds will come out victorious at the end," she said.

Harwood is expected to receive support from national representatives Stacian Facey, Shamera Sterling, Mellissa Wright and Tracey-Ann Robinson.

The Marvette Anderson-coached Hummingbirds, who won the title in 2014, are seeking their second hold on the island's premier netball trophy.

The game is set to start at 7:30 pm.