Spurs expect tougher Monday-night clash against hungry Orchids

By January 14, 2019

Despite carving out a relatively comfortable win over St. Ann Orchids on Saturday, leaders Manchester Spurs expect a tougher challenge when the teams meet in back-to-back Berger Elite League fixtures at Leila Robinson Courts on Monday, January 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (7:30pm ECT).

The match is the first of two with a clash between defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds and St. Catherine Racers to follow at 7:45 p.m. (8:45 pm ECT)

“I expect them to come tougher than they came today (Saturday) because they wouldn’t want to get beaten twice … so we’ve to be ready for that and we’ve to be ready to pull through and come with a harder game as well. It won’t be easy,” noted Manchester Spurs shooter Ann-Kay Griffiths.

On Saturday, the goal attack scored 42 goals from 49 attempts and was pleased with her effort.

“I feel pretty good about my shooting, I didn’t miss a lot. The goals that I scored helped my team to pull through with a win,” said Griffiths. “I was playing a relaxed game so I was more focused and I know I had to shoot that ball.”

The Spurs led 15-13, 33-24 and 45-37 through the first three quarters and got the other goals from Gezelle Allison, who shot 12 of 19 and Nicole Dixon, 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.

Sunshine Girls vice-captain Vangelee Williams, who is captain of St. Ann Orchids, said they are hungry and must play with consistency to get a better result against the Spurs.

“Taking on Spurs again on Monday, we just hope we approach the game differently and bring more confidence and consistency with the good stuff and we should be fine,” said Wiliams.

“We’re pretty hungry because seeing Racers lose tonight (Saturday), it was like a sigh of relief because it was a three-way (tussle) for that third and fourth spot. We just want to build on the momentum that we have because we know that Gaters are coming and they’re hungry for a spot and we’re playing them on Wednesday as well,” observed Williams, pointing to their final contest at midweek.

Matches at this stage of Netball Jamaica’s semi-professional competition are very crucial for most teams, with four of the six teams having a mathematical chance of making the semi-finals.

The St. Ann Orchids have 10 points from eight matches and they are followed by the 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 have 24 points from nine matches with Saturday’s 61-44 win over the 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.

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