Tivoli, Jamalco hunt title
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
The Leila Robinson Courts will be buzzing with excitement today when defending champions and favourites, Jamalco, oppose Tivoli Gardens 'A' in game one of the best-of-three finals, in the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA)/Berger Paints Super League, starting at 6 p.m.
The finals should be intriguing as both teams are loaded with a lot of national and former national players. At one end, Jamalco's national defender Nicole Aiken will face off with Tivoli's goal shooter Cleopatra Grant, while at the other, Tivoli's defender and national player Kasey Evering will go up against Jamalco's former national goal shooting ace, Elaine Davis, who is also a former national captain.
In the centre of the court, Samantha Mundle of Jamalco will be contending against Peter Gaye Thomas.
Tivoli will enter today's game oozing confidence, after beating Jamalco by more than 20 points in the last encounter, while both sides were already qualified for the finals.
Wayne Shaw, manager of Jamalco who are seeking their second consecutive hold on the trophy, said his team has put that defeat behind them and are ready and raring to go.
"When we played against Tivoli in our last game, both teams were already qualified for the finals and so we rested a number top players for that game," said Shaw.
"I am confident that once my girls execute what they have been practising then we will be victorious," he said. "Tivoli is a good team and so we are not going to underestimate them, therefore, we are expecting a very close series."
Tivoli last won the trophy in 1998 and according to their coach, Sylvester Campbell, they will be going all out for the victory.
"We are going to play a very disciplined game because we are going to be patient and wait, ensuring we make the right decisions by taking care of the ball," said Campbell.
"We are not going be overconfident because we know that when we beat them in the last match both were already qualified for the finals," he said.