St Catherine Racers, St Ann Orchids tie in Berger Elite League

By netballjamaica November 29, 2018

St. Ann Orchids and St. Catherine Racers were similarly disappointed after they battled to a 39-all tie in Berger Elite League netball at Leila Robinson courts on Wednesday night.

The teams were tied at 10 after the first quarter but the Racers edged ahead to lead 24-23 at half-time. They managed to extend the lead by a single point to be ahead 32-30 at the end of the third.

However, the Orchids managed to outscore their rivals 9-7 to secure the tie.

 “A draw is not bad, but we really wanted the win,” said Racers captain Nardia Hanson, whose team remain winless after three matches having lost their first two.

 “I just think in our attack we were really indisciplined. When we had that lead initially, when we were up by five, we should’ve kept our composure. But all is not lost, we just have to get ready for the next game.”

Meanwhile, Vangelee Williams, captain of the St. Ann Orchids who went into the match with one win and a loss, was also disappointed with the stalemate.

 “It was a tough game out there because we kept making the same errors and we weren’t shooting as well as we hoped,” she said.

“Racers came out and fought and I’m proud of my team that we kept it close and it’s just sad that we didn’t come away with the win tonight.”

Williams, a national defender said her team was lacking offensively. “We just needed to shoot because we were getting the ball in the circle, but we were missing a lot, especially in the third and last quarters, our shots weren’t sinking and that cost us the game,” she said.

Goal shooter Simone Gordon scored 26 goals from 38 attempts, while Thristina Harwood scored 13 of 17.

“We got a draw so I guess we’ve to come back and build for our next game on Saturday,” said Williams, who played a key role in her team’s defence and was involved in a key matchup against the tall Tracy Barnes.

Barnes was the game’s top-scorer, scoring 37 of 44 attempts while goal attack Hanson accounted for the other two goals, from 10 tries.

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