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NJ seeks $13m for Elite League

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

General manager of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Karen Anderson says the national sporting body is seeking $13 million to stage this year's Berger Paints Elite League.

"We are actively pursing some companies to try and see if we can secure some sponsorship," Anderson told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday.

"Last year, we went over budget, and so (hence) the reason it is $13 million," she said.

"If we do everything the way we want to do, at the level we want to do it, then it would be $13 million," Anderson said.

"But we might not reach that far. But we hope that we are able to do it."

Anderson added that the Elite League, which is the top netball competition in the island, is set to tip off in the middle of March.

Good Competition Ahead

The six-team competition, which replaced the Berger Super League, featured the top 72 players in the island last year.

The participating teams are Kingston Humming Birds, St James Sharpes, Manchester Spurs, St Catherine Racers, St Ann Orchids and Clarendon Gaters. The Humming Birds are the defending champions.

Anderson stated that the league will also serves to provide that Sunshine Girls with some good competition ahead of this year's World Netball Championships, which will be held in August.

"It will really hone the Sunshine Girls with some good competition going into the World Championships.

"We want to provide them some strong, consistent matches at a higher level so that they can be ready and sharp heading into the World Cup," she said.

"I thought it was very successful (last year) and there is a continued need for it," said Anderson.

"It was well received by the fans and I think they are looking forward (it) and players are looking to coming back again," she said.

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Girls returned to training yesterday after a two-week break, this after their close 2-1 series win over England last month on home soil. Both teams were using the series as part of their preparation for the World Championships.