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JDF, Global 'B' meet in netball Minor League semi-finals

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be targeting victory against Global 'B' when they meet in the semi-finals of Netball Jamaica's Supreme Ventures Surrey County Minor League semi-final at the Leila Robinson Courts this afternoon.

The contest is one of four semi-finals that are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. between teams from Surrey and Middlesex in the Minor Leagues. The winning teams will advance to the final later in the afternoon at 5:00 pm.

Captain Anika Coriah, who is also the manager of the JDF team, said they have never seen nor played against Global, one of the strongest Corporate Area teams in their division, but are up for the challenge.

“We've been preparing for it. It's been a long break before we played our last game in the SVL League. However, we've been playing some other teams so we're match ready,” said Captain Coriah.

She added: “The general attitude among our players is we're looking forward to the game and possibly winning the finals.”

Besides Coriah, a defender, the JDF will place their hopes in the hands of chief shooter Gaynor Anderson-Reid and mid-court players Juilette Ellis and Shanice Williams.

The winner of their match will play in the final against the successful team in the other semi-final between Police 'A' and Tantrum.

Carol Clarke, the co-coach of Police 'A', is glad with their advancement and hope they will make the championship game.

“I'm excited to know we're in the semi-final,” said Clarke. “We had three teams in the competition and only one got this far.

“We had a very good training on Thursday. The turnout was great and the energy they used in the training I hope they will use that as a boost going into the semi-final and that we'll make the final,” she added.

Middlesex teams are also challenging to top honours in the Minor League. In one semi-final, Jobs Lane 'A'will face Xtreme and Ken's Wild Flower will face MD Strikers in the other. The winners will meet in the final, which is also set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Semi-final and final battles are also on the cards for teams in Middlesex and Surrey's Supreme Ventures Major Leagues and the Sunshine Cereals Intermediate Leagues.

In the Middlesex Major League matches, set to start at 4:00 p.m., powerhouse team Jamalco will face Titans, with the very strong G.C. Foster College, full of national talent, going up against Rivoli, with the winners meeting in the final at 7:00 p.m.

For Surrey, UTech and Molynes 'A' will contest at straight final, also starting at 7:00 p.m.

The fixtures will be completed by the Intermediate League contests, which start with the semis at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with the finals at 6:00 p.m. Hayes 'A' will face Jetters and Friendship face Warriors in Middlesex action, while Global 'A' challenge Morant Bay Uprising and Excelsior Eagles will tackle Flames Police Youth Club.

For Morant Bay, whose charge will be led by shooters Stacey-ann Morrison, Latanya White and captain Tamasine Hibbert, coach Neville Watson likes their chances.

“We've a good feeling going into the semi-final, we're going in strong,” he said of the clash against Global 'A', which won their only meeting,

“We were short on players. Saturday is not a good day for us because we've players who work on a Saturday,” added Watson. “We've a stronger side playing on a Sunday so the game can go either way.”

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