Waulgrovians poised for fourth win
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Waulgrovians 'A' are expected to stroll to their fourth straight win when they oppose Omega 'A' in today's feature game of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Open League competition at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 7 p.m.
Also at the same time, former champions Tivoli Gardens 'A' will go in search of their fourth consecutive victory when they entertain Greenwich. Ebony Strikers 'A' tackle Jetsetters 'B' and Leiba Gardens battle Molynes United 'B' in other matches.
Marvette Anderson, coach of Waulgrovians, said her players are very optimistic and raring to go.
"I am confident because I know that my players are going out there to give of their best, and once they do this then we should be able to come out on top," said Anderson, whose team last won the competition in 2002.
Waulgrovians lost the services of former national players Oberon Pitterson, Marvette Murray and Sharmalee Watkins to Tivoli Gardens at the start of the season.
Despite this, Anderson believes her team still has the depth to win the competition this season. Last season, they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by champions Jamalco.
"I think we have a good chance of winning the competition this year, once we maintain our focus and discipline and do what we know we are capable of doing to win," Anderson said.
They will be depending heavily on national representatives Christina Solmon, Althea Byfield, Paula Thompson and Nichala Gibson.
Meanwhile, Gaynel Richards player/secretary of Omega, who are still searching for their first win in the tournament following three consecutive defeats, said they are expecting an exciting encounter.
"Waulgrovians is one of the top teams in the league, but we are just going out there to play to the best of our ability and, hopefully, we can get a good result," said Richards.
"Valerie Blake and Janet Johnson are two of our most experienced players, and we will be depending heavily on them to get a good result for us against Waulgrovians," Richards added.