Jamalco look to clinch Berger title
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Red-hot defending champions Jamalco will seek to close out their best-of-three finals of the Jamaica Netball Association Berger Paints Super League this evening, when they tackle Tivoli Gardens 'A' in game two at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:00.
The Clarendon-based Jamalco, who are seeking their second straight hold on the trophy and nine titles overall, lead the series 1-0, following their 42-32 win over Tivoli in game one on Thursday.
Winston Nevers, coach of Jamalco, is confident that his team can finish off their opponents today.
"We want to close it out and we are going to close it out on Saturday," said Nevers. "We don't want this to go to a game three because we know that they are a good team with a lot of quality players," said Nevers.
He added: "We know that if we allow this series to go to game three, then anything can happen. So we just have to make sure we finished it off on Saturday."
Meanwhile, Sylvester Campbell, coach of Tivoli, who were suffering their second defeat of the season, feels his team can rebound. "We just have to play a disciplined game, and we also need to shoot a lot more in this game," said Campbell.
"I know that Jamalco are not 10 goals better than Tivoli, and so we just have to stay focused and maintain our discipline," Campbell said.
Former national captain Elaine Davis led the scoring for Jamalco with 29 goals from 34 attempts. Davis received solid support from Marsha Murphy, who shot five of 13 goals in the fourth quarter, as Jamalco romped home to a comfortable victory.
National players Sabrina Spence (20 goals from 31 tries), Jodi-Ann Ffrench (nine goals from 19 attempts), and former national player Cleopatra Grant (three goals from five attempts) were the scorers for the west Kingston-based Tivoli.
Interestingly, Jamalco and Waulgrovians played to an exciting 19-19 tie at half-time. However, Jamalco came out firing in the third period, where they established 26-23 lead with six minutes remaining in the quarter. Jamalco maintained their advantage for a 29-26 lead at the end of the period.
"I think that we were a bit impatient in our attacks, and so we just have to stick to the discipline and ensure that we execute on defence and offence at all times," Campbell said.