Berger Elite League net­ball com­pe­ti­tion be­gins next Tues­day

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - BY GER­ALD REID

Kingston Hum­ming Birds will be­gin the de­fence of their 2018/2019 Berger Elite League net­ball com­pe­ti­tion against st Ann or­chids next tues­day at Leila Robinson Courts, be­gin­ning at 7:15 pm.

There will be an open­ing cer­e­mony with the six par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, sched­uled to start at 6:30 pm.

The six par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are Kingston Hum­ming Birds, St Ann Or­chids, Claren­don Ga­tors, Manch­ester Spurs, St Cather­ine Rac­ers, and St James Sharpes.

Play­ers were se­lected from var­i­ous clubs, placed into a pool, then drawn to rep­re­sent the var­i­ous teams. Only a few teams will have some na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the squad of play­ers.

The Hum­ming Birds will have na­tional player/shooter Shan­ice Beck­ford along with for­mer na­tional cen­tre Paula Thomp­son. The other play­ers on the team are Sab­rina Spence, Crys­tal Craw­ford, Abbey­gail Lin­ton, Hasana Wil­liams, Su­san Dou­glas, Mel­lisa Mills, Sari Jae Stew­art, and Kanila Ri­ley.

Na­tional Sun­shine Girls Head Coach Marvette An­der­son is the head coach for the team, with her as­sis­tant be­ing Roy Pryce.

St Ann Or­chids have three na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives in their team— top shooter Thristina Har­wood, cen­tre Adean Thomas, and de­fender Van­gelee Wil­liams.the other mem­bers are Re­bekah Robinson, Tri­cia Mccalla, Kim­berly Thomas, Si­mone Gor­don, Ti­tanya Black­stock, and Shanique Mcau­ley Pri­mary and Mar­lie Mount Pri­mary be­ing crowned foot­ball and net­ball cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively.

“I am very elated to in­form you that for this year all parishes will be par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Mor­ri­son said.

To roars of ap­proval from Mc­far­lane.

Coaches for the team are Janet Guy as head coach and her as­sis­tant is Keyan Mur­dock.

Manch­ester Spurs are coached by Con­nie Fran­cis with as­sis­tant Pa­tri­cia Jack­son, with Anna-kay Grif­fiths and Khadi­jah Wil­liams in­cluded in the team. The other play­ers are Gezelle Al­li­son, Tr­is­hana Han­son, Tracy Robinson, Shan­nika John­son, Nicole Dixon, Sutha­nia Scott, Bianca Sa­muels, and Car­talee Ting­ing.

Claren­don Gaters’ coaches are Dal­ton Hinds as head coach and his as­sis­tant is Va­lerie Blake.

Mem­bers of the Gaters team are Shadeiky Haml­ton-barnes, Sha­dian Hem­mings, Amanda Pinkney, Mis­cha Creary, Latanya Wil­son, Monique Emery, Me­le­sha Josephs, Danielle the au­di­ence, Min­is­ter of Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange an­nounced a prize purse val­ued over $1.3 mil­lion.

All prize win­ners in both com­pe­ti­tions will re­ceive equal amounts as part of the min­istry’s push for “pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity”. Mas­ters, De­nay Thomas, and Pe­tal Smith.

St Cather­ine Rac­ers will be coached by Christo­pher Smart and Nat­a­cia Nem­b­hard.

The play­ers who will be rep­re­sent­ing St Cather­ine Spurs are Tracy Ann Fran­cis, Jamila Tul­loch, An­toinette Stone, Qua­nia Walker, Keila Henry, Nar­dia Han­son, Amanda Thomp­son, Sashalee Wallen, Zonasha Hinds and Chenika Jones.

Jen­nifer Brown is the head coach of St James Sharpes, with her as­sis­tant be­ing Phyl­lis Thomp­son.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Sharpes will be Kera Christie, Priscilla Thomp­son, Kasey Ever­ing, Sat­eva Tay­lor-barnes, Sasha Dixon, Vanessa James, Shancie Rhodes, Kestina Stur­ridge, Dhanyel John­son, and Conique Moore.

With all prizes be­ing beefed up, this sea­son’s grand cham­pion is guar­an­teed $200,000, while $125,000 and $100,000 will go to to­wards sec­ond — and third-placed teams, re­spec­tively. The team that fin­ishes fourth gets $75,000. At the parochial level, parish cham­pi­ons will re­ceive $60,000, run­ners-up $35,000, third-place $20,000, and $15,000 goes to fourth.

And in a move to im­prove the over­all qual­ity of coach­ing, 120 coaches (60 foot­ball and 60 net­ball) will be cer­ti­fied at the end of this sea­son, a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Con­ca­caf, the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, Net­ball Ja­maica, G C Fos­ter Col­lege of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Sport, and Ja­maica Money Mar­ket Bro­kers.

Min­is­ter Grange said: “It is im­por­tant to recog­nise the part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Con­ca­caf and the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion which, over time, will see all coaches at this level be­ing cer­ti­fied. Our aim is to, in an­other three years ,cer­tify all coaches and at the end of that phase all coaches must be cer­ti­fied in or­der to coach at this level.”

The se­lect coaches will un­dergo train­ing in child­care

and pro­tec­tion — a manda­tory ex­er­cise that is of ex­treme im­por­tance, the min­is­ter noted.

“This is in keep­ing with the min­istry’s pro­gramme where we are work­ing with UNICEF to fully in­tro­duce a spe­cial train­ing pro­gramme and man­ual to pro­tect and safe­guard our chil­dren play­ing sport,” said the min­is­ter.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant,” she added. “We work closely with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to ad­vance the health and well-be­ing of our chil­dren who are our foun­da­tion and fu­ture of our na­tion.”

Teams are grouped ac­cord­ing to their geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and will play each other in a round robin for­mat. Only the top two teams from each group will ad­vance to the knock­out phase un­til a parish cham­pion is crowned.

All parish cham­pi­ons (Port­more is clas­si­fied as a parish) and the sec­ond-placed team from the parish with the most en­tries will com­pete for top hon­ours in the na­tional round, sched­uled to be­gin Jan­uary 11, 2019, and which will be played on a home and away ba­sis.

The grand fi­nale is set for Fe­bru­ary 1, 2019.

(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The Min­is­ter of Sport Olivia Grange (cen­tre) passed with Ian “Pepe” Good­i­son (left), for­mer na­tional foot­ball player and am­bas­sador for the INSPORTS Pri­mary School Foot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion; Dr Paula Da­ley­mor­ris (right), pres­i­dent, Net­ball Ja­maica; with An­thony Mcdon­ald (front left), cap­tain, Den­ham Town Pri­mary School foot­ball team; and Shawna-kay Davis, cap­tain Greenwich Pri­mary School net­ball team.

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