Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Jetsetters B registered a nail-biting come-from-behind 15-14 victory over Job Lane B in their opening match of the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League, which started at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.
Job Lane dominated the first quarter with aggressive and rapid passes from the centre court to the shooting arc. Goalshooter Tasha Burke scored six of her team's seven goals to give the Spanish Town-based Job Lane, a 7-4 lead at half- time.
However, the C. Lloyd Walker-coached Jetsetters rallied strongly in the second quarter, as their defensive unit led by Melissa Kerr, Trishana Hanson and Michal James shut down the Jobs Lane attackers.
Jetsetters' goalshooter Abbey-Gayle Larmond also produced a good shooting display in the final stanza, as she netted 10 of her team's 11 goals as they rallied to take a 14-11 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
Job Lane tried desperately in the final minutes to tie the game, but a number of crucial errors by their mid-court players let them down.
"We played very hard," said Walker. "The margin of victory was slim, but a win is a win. "Job Lane are an experienced team and five of our players are newcomers and so I think that they did well for us," he said.
Walker added: "We still have a lot of work to do if we are to continue our winning ways this season because as the league goes on, the matches are going to get tougher."
In other results yesterday Waulgrovians B outclassed Molynes United C 33-6, Blades United A thrashed Progressive Strikers 42-2, Whitfield Town stopped Global United B 18-11. Pembroke Hall beat Spanish Town 21-9, Boulevard Baptist got by Maxfield Park 21-11 and Molynes United whipped Braeton 31-7.
The league continues next Saturday at the same venue, with a full slate of matches.
Seventy-six teams are competing in the competition, down from 82 last year. The league will end on February 9 with a one-day rally at the same venue.