Berger Elite League netball competition begins next Tuesday
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.
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.