Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Following a two-month delay, the 2012-13 Jamaica Netball Association (JNA)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Open League competition is set to begin on January 5 with an opening ceremony, dress parade and rally at the Leila Robinson Courts.
The JNBS Open League should have started in the second week of November but according to Andrew Rose, chairperson of the league committee, they had to push back the start date because of contract negotiations with the sponsors.
Rose told The Gleaner that the long delay will not affect the performance of the teams in the competition.
"I don't think that the delay will affect the intensity and excitement of the league," said Rose. "The clubs are very enthusiastic and the players missed playing netball, and so they are eager for the league to start," he said.
"It is going to be very exciting season because a lot of the clubs are feeling a lot more confident about winning something in the league," Rose said.
He added that the sponsors will be providing lots of prizes and surprises for the spectators throughout the season.
Eighty teams are down to compete in the competition, down from 82 teams the previous year.
Jamalco are the defending champions of the 'A' league, while Ravens are last season's 'B' league winners.