Spurs expect tougher clash from hungry Orchids in Berger Elite League
seven of 15.
For the Orchids, Simone Gordon scored 37 goals from 46 attempts, while Thristina Harwood netted five of 10 tries, and Adean Thomas, two from two.
Matches at this stage of Netball Jamaica’s semi-professional competition are very crucial for most teams, with four of the six outfits having a mathematical chance of making the semi-finals. St Ann Orchids, which have 10 points from eight matches, headline that quartet, followed by Clarendon Gaters, with nine points, St Catherine Racers seven points and the team that beat them on Saturday to reignite faint hopes, St James Sharpes, on six points from nine matches. Sharpes beat Racers 42-38 in that game.
Manchester Spurs moved to 24 points from nine matches with Saturday’s 61-44 win over St Ann Orchids, while Kingston Hummingbirds stayed second with 21 from eight with a 52-45 win over Clarendon Gaters. Manchester Spurs and Kingston Hummingbirds already qualified for the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in the Kingston Hummingbirds-clarendon Gaters match, the winners led 14-11, 26-24, and 40-35 at the end of the first three quarters. Sabrina Spence again led their scoring with 37 goals from 42 attempts, while Shanice Beckford netted 10 of 15 and Hasana Williams sunk five of nine tries.
Spence left the game late after twisting her ankle, but Winston Nevers, Hummingbirds’ head coach, said she will be fine for the play-offs.
“It (injury) is not serious. This thing happened last year in the finals. Luckily it happened this early, so we can just sit her out for another match and play our two other shooters,” said Nevers. “We’re going to need her, starting with the semi-finals.”
Amanda Pinkney led the Gaters with 38 goals from 43 attempts, Shadian Hemmings scored four from seven, and Petal Smith added three goals from four tries.
“The next game definitely is a must-win because at the moment we’re still in fourth and we want to ensure that we get there, not by any favours. So we’re not expecting any team to lose for us to go through, we’re expecting