Confident NHT team departs for Florida Netball Classics
After a dominant season in the local Business House Netball competition, members of the National Housing Trust netball team left the island yesterday to compete in the Florida Netball Classics. The Classics will take place in Coral Gardens this weekend.
National Housing Trust, who defeated many-time champions Scotiabank in the senior finals, also won the Open League, Open Rally, and Intermediate A titles for a clean sweep locally.
The Christopher Smart-coached team are the defending champions in the Florida competition. They defeated Scotiabank in last year's final. National Housing Trust will not have Scotiabank to contend with as the latter will not be attending the tournament. Smart told The Gleaner a day before the team's departure that the team was very confident.
"We are going there to defend our title, and we are very confident in doing so. Scotia will not be present, but there are other strong teams that will participate such as Ministry of Education. There are also some strong teams with Jamaican connections from New York," said Smart.
It is understood that a dream team, which will include several former national players, including Oberon Pitterson, Nicole French, and Elaine Davis, will be participating in the competition. However, with their strong squad, which includes Vangelee Williams, Thristina Harwood, Sashaleen Wallace, Abigail Linton, Trishana Hanson, Stacyann Brown, Jodia Ann French, and recent MVP of the Intermediate A winning team Sarijae Stewart, National Housing will be hard to contain.
The Winston Nevers-coached RJRGLEANER team, which won the consolation finals last year, will also be in a attendance, and Nevers is looking forward to retaining their title.
"We are hoping to do well once again as we have a solid team, and we are very confident of coming back with some silverware," said Nevers.