Island's elite meet as Berger netbal begins
SEVERAL of the island top netballers will be in action today as the third staging of the Berger Elite League gets underway inside the National Indoor Sports Centre with two matches.
In the opening game at 6:30 p.m., the Under 21 Shiners will take on the St Ann Orchid. At 7:45 p.m., defending champions Clarendon Gators will oppose Kingston Hummingbirds.
The Janet Guy-coached Orchid will start favourites as they have a wealth of experience in their squad.
The team will include the likes of veteran Simone Forbes and Althea Byfield and will be complimented with the likes of Shanice Beckford, Giselle Anderson, and Adean Thomas who are all part of the present national senior line up.
It will be interesting to see how the Under 21 team matches up as they are preparing for the World Under 21 tournament in Botswana next July.
In the feature, the Dalton Hinds-coached Clarendon Gators will be hoping for a winning start despite losing most of last year's players is very optimistic.
"We will be without four players from last year's winning team but our chances of retaining the title is very good," said Hinds.
Kasey Evering and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock will lead the charge here for the defending champions.
The Marvette Anderson-coached Kingston Hummingbirds will be hoping to deny the defending champions a good start and will look towards the likes of Shameera Sterling, StacyAnn Facey Trishana Harewood and Kerryann Brown to pull off the win.
Preceding the games there will be an opening ceremony and uniform parade involving all eight teams.
The other teams involved are, Under 21 Suns, St. Catherine Racers and St. James Sharpes.