Ministry of Education, Youth and Information top BHNA rally
First-timers Ministry of Education, Youth and Information last weekend clipped many-time champions Scotia Group Jamaica Limited 8-6 to win the Business House Netball Association (BHNA) Limited Open Rally held at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday evening.
Earlier Jamaica National (JN) topped the entertaining and colourful uniform parade. A total of 38 teams and 600 netballers participated in Saturday's rally. Sutherland Global Services, Guardsman Group, Hardware & Lumber and Stewart's Automotive Group were the other newcomers at the rally.
Winning coach, Jennifer Brown said the foundation has been laid and people will now be looking to "see what we (Ministry of Education, Youth and Information) can do."
"We have been training vigorously; we started late and entered about a month ago. All the ladies who represented the team are teachers and staff of the ministry, they have very good netball skills so we just worked on a lot of fitness, team building so they could gel good together, and they put in a very good effort to beat Scotiabank who were considered favourites to win," Brown told STAR Sports.
Meanwhile guest speaker at the opening ceremony, Jamaica National Building Society's general manager Earl Jarrett, praised the team for representing an important part of Jamaica's image.
"If I am to say Jamaica has a diplomatic strategy, netball certainly is an important part of it. It certainly helps to position Jamaica in the world as an important organisation, as has track and field and football," Jarrett outlined.
"It is my belief that economic growth can be achieved in Jamaica by focusing some of our activities on sports, such as netball," he continued, adding "Sports is not just about fun, it's about using that sport to drive Jamaica's long-term interest and objectives overseas, and here locally."