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Jamalco expect easy victory over UTech

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamalco's Romelda Aiken (centre), who catches the ball in a match against top rivals Tivoli Gardens, is expected to have an easy time against newcomers University of Technology (UTech) when the teams meet in a JNA/JNBS Open League netball match at the Leila Robinson Courts today. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

The Jamaica Netball Association (JNA)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Open League competition resumes today with nine matches at the Leila Robinson Courts.

In the day's feature game, defending champions Jamalco will oppose newcomers University of Technology (UTech) at 6:45 p.m.

Also at that time, former champions Tivoli Gardens 'A' will go in search of their third consecutive win when they oppose New Kingston Raiders; while Hampshire 'A' will tackle Molynes United 'C', and the Jamaica Defence Force battle Ebony Strikers.

In the opening games at 5:45 p.m. Red Challenge await Speg 'B', Jetsetters 'B' oppose Correctional Services, and Greenwich entertain Ravens 'B', followed by a 6 p.m. showdown between Ebony Strikers and Maxfield Park. At 7:45 p.m., Millennium Strikers will face Rollington Town.

Jamalco, who won the opening Rally competition, are seeking their second consecutive win of the season. The Winston Nevers-coached team is expected to score an easy win over their less-fancied opponents, who are competing for the first time in the competition.

"We are not expecting much of a challenge from UTech because four of their main players will be playing for us in this game, including their coach, Sasher-Gaye Henry, and so we should come out on top easily," said Wayne Shaw, the manager of Jamalco's team.

The Clarendon-based team will be relying on national representatives Nadine Bryan, Henry, Romelda Aiken, Nicole Aiken and former national captain, Elaine Davis, as well as Kamieka Sherwood.

UTech are yet to win a match in two outings. They will rest their hopes in the hands of Nicole Johnson, Tamieka Stewart, Antoinette Linton and Carsen Aitcheson.