University teams plot thrilling netball parish final
Head coach Marvette Anderson is expecting a stirring duel when her UTech Knights engage UWI Pelicans 'A' in a shootout for Netball Jamaica's premier title among teams in Kingston and St. Andrew and St Catherine, the JN Bank Parish League, on Sunday at Leila Robinson Courts.
"UWI know what it is to be champions. They have a number of national players, so they know how to win, too. We know they're a tough team," said Anderson.
"I don't think any team should be going in thinking they've already won. We expect it to be a big game, a closely fought game."
The game will mark the culmination in a festival of finals on Sunday, with four other championship matches and five third-place play-offs, all taking place at the Leila Robinson Courts from 1:30 p.m.
The Knights were the most impressive team throughout the St Andrew Major League, winning seven of eight matches and scoring far more goals than any other team. They have recorded a tournament-high 255 goals and conceded 163, the least number allowed by a team defence thus far.
UWI Pelicans 'A', who won five matches and lost two, are second on the scoring charts with a flat double ton, 200 goals, while at the other end, they have been fairly efficient in conceding 166.
"We're more or less confident. We split the earlier season one game apiece. The ladies are cognisant of the fact that we're playing a strong team. Nevertheless, they are confident and upbeat and are ready to take the game on Sunday," said Anderson.
She says they can still improve.
"We'd really love to dominate the midcourt area. We have to minimise the turnovers, and you can only win when you score, so it means we have to be shooting about 90-95 per cent," said Anderson.