UTech Knights aim for national crown
Having conquered the Corporate Area, the UTech Knights are taking aim at national honours in the inaugural Netball Jamaica/JN Bank County League.
Playing for the St Andrew major League crown, the Knights beat UWI Pelicans 40-36 in the JN Bank Parish League on Sunday in one of five finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre.
National player Shanice Beckford, who played goal attack, pumped in a pivotal 36 of 40 attempts for UTech Knights, while her namesake, Shanice Evelyn, added the other four goals from eight tries.
Goal shooter Shimona Nelson led the scoring for UWI Pelicans with 28 goals from 18 tries, while Rebecca Robinson, the goal attack, shot eight from 10.
After securing their title, Marvette Anderson, the UTech Knights' first-time coach, quickly shifted focus to the upcoming extension of the Parish League.
"The County League is coming up. Both UTech and UWI will be representing Kingston in the County League," she said.
Pointing to their next goal, Anderson added: "To go all the way to being crowned all-island champions would be the icing on the cake. That's what we're working towards."
In the other finals, Mico 'A' beat Skibo 33-20 for the Kingston crown; G.C. Foster 'A' outclassed Rivoli United 32-18 for the St. Catherine crown; and the Dalton Hinds-coached Global had mixed fortunes as while their 'A' team won the St. Andrew Intermediate League 32-27 over Excelsior Eagles, the 'B' team went down 32-25 in the St Andrew Minor League final to Tantrum.
COUNTY DIVISION LEAGUES
All the teams have advanced to the historic county divisional leagues, which is to be played for the first time. Teams competing in the various Parish Leagues will qualify depending on how they finish. From the parish of St Andrew, the teams that emerge in first and second positions in the Major, Intermediate and Minor Leagues will advance to their respective divisions in the County of Surrey.
All other parishes will see the first and second-place teams advancing to the County Major League, third and fourth-placed teams advancing to the County Intermediate League, and fifth and sixth-placed teams advancing to the County Minor League in their respective counties, as long as those teams meet the required standard.
Winners and runners-up will then advance to the National Champions Leagues.
The County Divisional Leagues are scheduled to start on April 22.