Tue | Dec 11, 2018

Hinds impress in Racers win

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:21 AM

Zonasha Hinds unleashed her full range of netball skills in guiding St Catherine Racers their first win this season, a 52-37 victory over St James Sharpes, the feature encounter of Netball Jamaica's Saturday evening double-header at Leila Robinson Courts.

Hinds gave a versatile netball display to grab the MVP award for being outstanding at centre, wing attack and goal attack, where she knocked down six nothing-but-net goals from seven attempts in the final quarter.

"I'm feeling great for this because we've played three matches and we didn't get a MVP and for us to come out here today and win and I got the MVP, I'm feeling proud of myself and I'm also proud of my team as well to pull back from the loss," said Hinds.

For much of her club and college career, the G.C. Foster College student plays as a centre, but Hinds noted her early origins as a shooter at Tacius Golding High.

"I really love shooting. Even when at school or in my free time, even when I go to a rally or when I'm not going to play that position, the goal shooter, I always take the ball and go to the pole and shoot because that is what I love. I love netball and if you don't shoot you can't win," Hinds noted. "Because once you're a good netballer you're supposed to be able to play anywhere. The coach is supposed to be able to call on you at any time and you deliver and that's what I did tonight."

The tall Tracy Francis ended with a game-high 44 goals from 58 atempts, while team captain Nardia Hanson, who interchanged between goal and wing attack, scored two from five tries.

St James Sharpes, with one win in four matches, got goals from Kestina Sturridge, 25 from 36, Shanice Howe, seven of 10, Conique Moore, four of eight and Sasha Dixon, one of two.

In the other game, defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds rebounded for their second win, defeating Clarendon Gaters 56-43, with Sabrina Spence scoring 41 goals from 55 attempts, goal attack Shanice Beckford, playing her first match after being sidelined with injury, contributing 13 from 22 and Hasana Williams two from two.

Amanda Pinkney led the Gaters with 21 goals from 27 attempts, while Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes netted 16 from 21. Mischa Creary scored three from four, Monique Emery three from five and Danielle Masters 0-0.

The competition resumes with a double-header tomorrow.