Third Berger Elite Net­ball League launched

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE THIRD Berger Elite League, or­gan­ised by Net­ball Ja­maica, was launched on Wed­nes­day at Gen­eral Ac­ci­dent In­sur­ance Com­pany with a lot­tery to se­lect the mem­bers of the six teams.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Claren­don Gaters, run­ners-up St James Sharpes, St Cather­ine Rac­ers, Manch­ester Spurs, St Ann Orchids and Kingston Hum­ming Birds are the six teams. Each team will have 10 play­ers, with all hav­ing mem­bers of the na­tional se­nior team.

Some of the play­ers to look for­ward to see­ing on court in­clude Nicole Aiken-Pin­nock, Paula Thomp­son, Anna Kay Grif­fiths, Kade­jah Wil­liams, Shantel Slater, Adean Thomas, Stacey Facey and re­tired Sun­shine Girl Si­mone Forbes, as well as re­turned Sun­shine Girl Kime­sha Ster­ling.

The teams will now be­gin train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the start of the com­pe­ti­tion on Novem­ber 10. An open­ing cer­e­mony, set for 5:30 p.m. at the Na­tional In­door Sports Cen­tre, will pre­cede the first match.

Pres­i­dent of Net­ball Ja­maica Dr Paula Da­ley-Mor­ris was pleased to see the lot­tery com­pleted and promised high­level com­pe­ti­tion and ex­cit­ing matches from the first match. She said that the com­pe­ti­tion will be used to iden­tify tal­ent for the se­nior teams go­ing for­ward. Look­ing for­ward to the best of three matches to close Net­ball Ja­maica Pres­i­dent Dr Paula Da­ley-Mor­ris (left), Berger Paints Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Casey Perue (cen­tre) and St Ann Orchids player Althea By­field con­verse af­ter the Berger Elite League lot­tery to se­lect the six teams to com­pete for cham­pi­onship hon­ours start­ing on Novem­ber 10. The lot­tery took place on Wed­nes­day at Gen­eral Ac­ci­dent In­sur­ance Com­pany in Kingston.

the com­pe­ti­tion in Jan­uary, she men­tioned that they will play ex­hi­bi­tion matches such as celebrity vs mas­ters matches to heighten the ex­cite­ment for the spec­ta­tors. Da­ley-Mor­ris says that some of the matches, in­clud­ing the open­ing match, will be aired live on Sport­sMax (this is be­ing done for the first time).

Da­ley-Mor­ris in­di­cated that

there will be some new but ex­pe­ri­enced coaches this year in­clud­ing Con­nie Fran­cis, Oberon Pit­ter­son-Nat­tie in ad­di­tion to the other 10-mem­ber coach­ing panel.

Dal­ton Hinds, coach of the de­fend­ing cham­pion Claren­don Gaters, said that it will be a tall or­der to de­fend his cham­pi­onship as all the teams are strong this year. He promised that the team

will do its best to be vic­to­ri­ous again nev­er­the­less.

Casey Perue, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Berger Paints Ja­maica, said that the com­pany was pleased to be sup­port­ing the growth of Ja­maica’s most suc­cess­ful team sport for decades and will be around for the long haul. They also plan to stage var­i­ous pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties at the matches to give back to the spec­ta­tors who sup­port the sport.

WICB ME­DIA PHOTO

Rah­keem Corn­wall ... four for 62.

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