Spurs ex­pect tougher clash from hun­gry Orchids in Berger Elite League

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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

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