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Humming Birds off to flying start in Berger Elite League Netball

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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DEFENDING champions Kingston Humming Birds began the defence of Netball Jamaica's Berger Elite League with a close 47-45 win over St Ann Orchids as the new season got under way at the Leila Robinson Courts on Tuesday night.

The Birds' victory was made possible by the effort of goal-shooter Sabrina Spence who netted 37 goals from 46 attempts. She received support from goal-attack Hasana Williams who scored 10 goals from 13 attempts.

For the losers who used three shooters, goal-shooter Thristina Harwood scored 15 goals from 18 attempts, Rebekah Robinson got 13 goals from 18 attempts and Simone Gordon with 17 goals from 21 attempts.

Winston Nevers, coach of Kingston Humming Birds, said it was a very good game.

“We are the defending champions and want to retain the title but you will have to continue winning to become champions again,” Nevers said.

Meanwhile, Janet Guy, coach of Orchids, said it was a good game but her players made a lot of turnovers.

“The girls did not get enough time to train together but this is the first game in the competition and we will be looking forward to win our next game,” Guy said.

The Birds trailed the Orchids 20-22 at half-time, but went ahead in the third quarter to lead 36-30 at the break, thus setting the stage for the battle royale in the final quarter.

— Gerald Reid

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