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Guy urges 'greater responsibility' from Orchids in BEL

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

St Ann Orchids' head coach Janet Guy wants her players to exercise greater responsibility over their actions in Netball Jamaica's Berger Elite League.

They get another opportunity to fulfil that undertaking against Clarendon Gaters, in a game crucial to the latter's chances of making the semi-finals, when both meet at Leila Robinson Courts today at 6:30 pm.

The match is the first of two, the second of which pits defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds against St James Sharpes, at 7:45 pm.

All four teams have played nine matches and Clarendon Gaters, on nine points, and St James Sharpes, on six, are battling for the fourth semi-final spot. If Sharpes register an unlikely win and Gaters lose, both will end on nine points and goal difference will decide which one moves forward.

The Orchids are safely into the semis with 10 points and would play the number two team if they seal third spot, rather than fourth against number one. They fell away badly in the latter stages to lose 43-57 against leaders Manchester Spurs on Monday night, prompting Guy's call.

“We did better than Saturday's game (when the Orchids lost 38-56 against Spurs), but we've to take ownership for the errors that were made. The team needs to play with more confidence. There are many players on the team who have a lot of experience and with the experience (they have to) take on the challenge of the other team because each team in the league is not impossible to beat, you just have to play,” explained Guy.

Scoring for Manchester Spurs were Anna Kay Griffiths, with 29 goals from 42 attempts, Gezelle Allison, 18 from 24 and Nicole Dixon, 10 from 12. The Orchids led the first quarter 13-11, but trailed 23-26 and 32-42 at the end of the second and third. Simone Gordon was their high scorer with 36 goals from 45 tries, while Thristina Harwood, six from 11 and Rebekah Robinson, one from three, netted the other goals.

Manchester Spurs, in the meantime, were happy winning their ninth of 10 preliminary outings and are hoping for consistency in the semis.

“We wanted to finish on a high note tonight, we wanted to finish strong going into the knock-out round, so for us the aim was to come out and play hard to be victorious at the end. We were able to accomplish that tonight so we were appreciative of the fact that we were able to do that despite all the challenges we had coming here this evening, but it was good,” said Manchester Spurs' captain Tracey-Ann Robinson.

The Spurs leader added: “Going into the semis, that's a different level of playing. Everybody goes to the semis with the intention to advance to the finals. So we just have to play hard, be consistent, be disciplined and once we do all of that and follow the guidelines and instructions of the coaches we should be good.”

The Spurs, with 27 points from their 10 matches and Hummingbirds, with 24 points, have also qualified for a top four position. St Catherine Racers finished their preliminary schedule with seven points, after losing 47-49 against Kingston Hummingbirds on Monday night.

For the Hummingbirds, Hasana Williams, with 27 goals from 29 attempts and Shanice Beckford, 22 from 26, were the scorers.