Mon | Jan 21, 2019

Gaters continue revival in Berger Elite League

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Sabrina Spence (centre, top) of Kingston Hummingbirds collects the ball ahead of Stacian Facey (partially hidden at left) and Vangelee Williams (right) of St Ann Orchids while Hasana Williams looks on. St Ann Orchids beat Kingston Hummingbirds 53-47 in the match played at the National Arena on Monday. Photo by Collin Reid

Clarendon Gaters continued their desperate and dramatic late dash for a place in the play-offs of Netball Jamaica's Berger Elite League when they registered a 53-49 win over St Catherine Racers on Wednesday evening.

Less than a week ago, the Gaters looked dead and dusted without a point, having lost all of their first six matches in the six-team, 10-game preliminaries.

However, the Dalton Hinds-coached team sprang to life with a 48-47 victory over high-flying Manchester Spurs, then followed that up with a 53-49 win over St Catherine Racers on Wednesday evening.

Those two wins have now launched the Gaters up to six points, the same number as St James Sharpes and three behind the Racers on nine points.

The tried combination of Shedeiky Barnes and Shadian Hemmings delivered the goods for Clarendon Gaters, with Barnes scoring 33 from 38 attempts and Hemmings converting 20 of 23.

Truth be told, the win did appear likely, as the Racers had only secured a narrow win in their first meeting, winning 39-38.

This time, St Catherine Racers ended on the other side of a close result, and this despite an outstanding shooting effort from Tracy Francis, who scored 44 goals from 47 attempts. Nardia Hanson scored the other goals, five from five.

The day ended perfect for Clarendon Gaters, as already-qualified Manchester Spurs beat St James Sharpes.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Manchester, who had won their first six matches.

Giselle Allison led the powerful Manchester Spurs shooting force with 28 goals from 34 tries, with the other goals coming from Anna-Kay Griffiths, 16 from 19; Petal Smith, six from 10; and Nicole Dixon, three from four.

For St James Sharpes, Simone Forbes was the high scorer with 29 goals from 34 attempts; while Deneen Taylor, seven from 14; and Jodi-Ann French-Kentish, five from five, netted the other goals.

The Spurs are now sole leaders, breaking away from a three-way tie with Kingston Hummingbirds and defending champions St Ann Orchids, who both have 18 points.

Clarendon Gaters will be looking to keep their hopes alive when action resumes this evening, when they face Manchester Spurs in the opening game at 6 p.m., at Leila Robinson Courts. The day's double-header presents ample opportunity for St James Sharpes also, when they engage St Ann Orchids in the feature match at 7:30 p.m.

After this, the closing preliminary fixtures will be held on Sunday.