Waulgrovians 'A', Jamalco eke out exciting tie
Defending champions Jamalco, led by scintillating second-half shooting from former national player Elaine Davis, battled to an exciting 57-57 tie with Waulgrovians 'A' in the Jamaica Netball Association/Berger Paints Super League game late on Tuesday evening at the Leila Robinson Courts.
Davis, who was once rated as the world's best goal shooter, netted 21 of her team-high 38 goals in the second half, as Jamalco rallied from a six-goal deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to earn the tie.
Davis, who netted eight goals in the final stanza, was well supported by her captain, Marsha Murphy, who netted 10 of 19 goals in the second half.
Waulgrovians, who were playing without their inspirational captain, Simone Forbes, assembled a very young team, which includes six members of the national Under-21 group.
Forbes' absence didn't affect the Waulgrovians' team play earlier on, as they outplayed Jamalco in the first period through their national player, Jhaniele Fowler, who scored 15 of her team's 17 goals to push them into a comfortable 17-11 lead at the end of the period.
However, the Clarendon-based Jamalco stepped up the tempo in the second period and they shut down the Waulgrovians attackers while outscoring them 18-12 to cut the deficit to 29-27 at half-time.
However, for the third stanza, the Patrick Brissett-coached Waulgrovians were much quicker and more aggressive with the ball, and extended their lead to six points (47-41) at the end of the third quarter.
But the vastly experienced Jamalco team came out firing in the final quarter as they stepped up their defence, which led to a number of turnovers from Waulgrovians, as they inched ahead marginally 57-55 with less than a minute to go.
But Waulgrovians fought back as Fowler scored off Jamalco's centre pass to make it 57-56. The lanky Fowler earned the tie for her team when she netted on the final possession of the game. Hanson shot a perfect six from six for Waulgrovians.
"We are glad for the draw because I don't think we played our best game," said Wayne Shaw, manager of Jamalco. "We didn't have a good start and we also made a lot of turnovers in the attacking third.
He added: "However, I am very happy with how my shooters played, because they kept us in the game."
Meanwhile, Jamalco's Fowler said: " We lost control of the game in the last five minutes of the third quarter because we started playing at a fast pace rather then keeping it slow, and so that was what cost us the game."
Each team will earn two points for the tie. Three points are awarded for a win. Jamalco's record now stands at one win and a tie, while Waulgrovians have recorded two wins and a tie.