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Rain hampers Hummingbirds against St Catherine Racers

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Despite winning their abbreviated Berger Elite League netball match against St Catherine Racers at the Leila Robinson Courts on Wednesday night, Kingston Hummingbirds h ead c oach Winston Never was not at all pleased as it robbed his team of time to prepare for the real challenge ahead.

The Hummingbirds led the second match of the double-header 43-21 with approximately six and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter. By virtue of regulations in the Netball Jamaica competition, once one half is completed, the leading team is awarded victory and three points.

That end result was never in question after smooth-flowing Kingston Hummingbirds, the defending champions, stormed to a 24-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained a healthy gap to half-time, with the score reading 37-16.

The skies opened up close to the midpoint in the third quarter and due to the slippery court surface, the officials had no option but to end the match.

He was particularly interested in getting more time for not only his starters, but also the Hummingbirds reserves, in preparation for their monster match-up against unbeaten Manchester Spurs on Saturday, the team that inflicted their only beating in a 53-51 first round humdinger.

High-scoring Sabrina Spence scored 34 goals from 38 tries to lead their scoring, while Shanice Beckford scored the other nine goals from 11 tries for Kingston Hummingbirds, whose rhythm was affected by a competitive St Catherine Racers team.

They now have 12 points from five matches, five more than St Catherine Racers' seven.

Goal shooter Tracy-Ann Barnes led the Racers with 20 goals from 27 attempts, while versatile and hard-working Zonasha Hinds scored the other one goal from two tries.

In the opening game, Manchester Spurs continued on a merry clip, brushing aside St James Sharpes 52-38 for their sixth-consecutive victory.

The Spurs led 12-8, 26-17 and 39-26 through the first three quarters and got goals from Gezelle Allison, 26 from 35 attempts, Anna-Kay Griffiths, 17 of 25 and Nicole Dixon, who netted nine of 12 tries.

For St James Sharpes, who remained on three points, Kestina Sturridge scored 23 goals from 38 attempts, Connique Moore shot eight of 10 tries, Shanice Howe scored six of nine attempts and Sasha Dixon scored her one and only attempt.

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