Three register wins in Elite Netball League
KINGSTON Humming Birds, Manchester Spurs and St James Sharpes registered wins as the 2014 Berger Paints/Netball Jamaica Elite Netball League continued at the Leila Robinson Courts Friday night.
The win also advances three teams to the semi-finals — Birds, Racers and St Catherine Racers, while Sharpes and Clarendon Gators will be hunting the fourth semi-final spot..
On the standings, Birds and Spurs are tied at the top with six points each, Races five, Sharpes four, Gaters three and St Ann Orchids without a point, and as a result, the latter are outing of the running for a semi-final spot.
Meanwhile, Kingston Humming Birds defeated St Catherine Racers 43-39. For he Birds, goal-shooter Elaine Davis scored 20 goals from 25 attempts and goal-attack Mellisha Josephs got 16 goals from 23 attempts.
For Racers, goal-shooter Anna-Kay Griffiths bagged 21 from 26 attempts, and goal-attack Sabrina Spence 17 from 22 efforts. The quarterly scores for the Birds were 13-9, 22-20, 34-28 and 46-39.
Manchester Spurs beat Clarendon Gaters 46-35. Goal-shooter Shantal Slater scored 36 goals from 48 attempts and goal-attack Nicole Dixon with 10 from 15 efforts got the goals for the Spurs.
Kadia-Ann Duhaney with 30 goals from 36 attempts led the scoring for the Gaters. Quarterly scores for the Spurs, who trailed at the end of the first-quarter and half-time, rallied strongly in the next two quarters to win, 8-12, 12-18, 37-24, 46-35.
St James Sharpes gor the better of St Ann Orchids 51-34. For the Sharpes, goal-shooter Kerrisa Kesner scored 24 goals from 32 attempts and goal-attack Shannika Watson had 20 goals from 27 attempts.
For the losers, goal-attack Shanice Beckford scored 18 goals from 22 attempts. The winners led in quarters 13-7, 24-18, 36-20 and winning 51-34.
Meanwhile, wing-defence Shanice Howe of Manchester Spurs was rushed to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Hospital after suffering a blow to her head in the match against Clarendon Gaters.
Howe fell during the match and hit the back of her head and was slightly unconscious for sometime. Medics on hand assisted her before taking her to the hospital for observation and tests
The competition takes a break for the Easter Holidays and is scheduled to resume on Sunday, April 27 with St James Sharpes taking on Clarendon Gaters at 6:00 p.; St Catherine Racers vs St Ann Orchids at 7:30 pm, and Manchester Spurs up against Kingston Humming Birds at 8:40 pm.