Netball

Westlanders, Blue Eagles clash in Major League netball

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Westlanders aim to defend strongly and nullify Blue Eagles when they meet in today's Cornwall County Supreme Ventures Major League final at 5:30 pm.

The match is one of three finals in the expanded Netball Jamaica competitions that will be played at the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club in St James.

However, the finals of the SVL Minor League and Sunshine Cereals Intermediate League will be preceded by semi-final matches, as all the Cornwall champions will be decided.

Minor Leaguers will shoot off play with Grotto Sports Club taking on Blazers in the first match, beginning at 11:30 pm. The winner will face the winner of the other SVL Minor League semi, which pits Angelets against Falmouth and which starts at 12:30 pm. The final is slated for 3:30 pm.

In the Sunshine Cereals Intermediate League battle, Stingrays will meet Savannah at 1:30 pm, with the winner advancing to the final against the winner of semi-final two between Deeside and home team MoBay Boys' and Girl's Club, which begins at 2:30 pm. The final is set for a 4:40 pm start.

Then follows the big one, for which Westlanders' captain and coach, Nickheisha Pearce, expects her team to secure their second win over Blue Eagles, having beaten them in the preliminaries.

“It wasn't an easy win; we had to fight for that win because we had some of our key players out, but we expect to have our full squad for the final,” she admitted.

“They're young, they're fit and they're very good competition. Our defence just has to work because they've a good attacking team, they shoot very well, they shoot accurately. I think that's their key area — attack — so we just have to defend,” Pearce observed.

“We're well rested, we have our game plan together and we're very excited due to the fact that Netball Jamaica put in the effort to extend the competition to western Jamaica. We're really excited and we're ready,” said Pearce.

“It's really a push, and other sponsors seeing the push believe they can jump on board with Netball Jamaica. It's a great motivation because over the years persons from the west haven't been able to shjowcase their talent.

The competition is an expansion of the Parish Leagues, from which the top teams were selected to play in a first-time county championship. The winner will advance to play for the Champions Trophy.

Continuing to speak of their chances, Pearce added: “We've been training hard and we know that our efforts will be rewarded. We've a pretty experienced team, we been playing together for years and we've good cohesion on and off the court, and we're expecting to put that on the court tomorrow.”

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