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Two of the teams that notched victory when matches were last played in Netball Jamaica's Berger Elite League - red-hot Manchester Spurs and St James Sharpes - will seek a repeat when action resumes with this evening's double-header at the Leila Robinson Courts, National Stadium Complex.
Following Saturday's rained-out schedule, Manchester Spurs will face Kingston Hummingbirds in a one-two sucker punch at 6 p.m., while St. James Sharpes are due to face St. Catherine Racers in the 7:30 p.m. feature.
Anna Kay Griffiths, hot all season, fired in 25 goals and her main shooting partner, Nicole Dixon, sunk 24 in a 50-42 win over St. Catherine Racers last Thursday, as the Spurs remained unbeaten with their fifth straight win. They lead the standings with maximum 15 points, four more than their opponents Kingston Hummingbirds, who have played six matches.
With half the 10 preliminary fixtures complete, they are virtually assured of a place in the four-team play-offs, with defending champions St Ann Orchids third on nine points, followed by St James Sharpes and St Catherine Racers. Luckless Clarendon Gaters, without a win and a couple one-point losses in five matches, complete the elite line-up.
Kingston Hummingbirds were crushed 61-40 in a first-round meeting between the teams and Marvette Anderson's team will no doubt be aiming to reverse that outcome. They will be banking on the shooting combination of Shanice Beckford and Sabrina Spence, along with Paula Thompson and Hasana Williams.
For the other contest, St James Sharpes will be hoping classy shooter Simone Forbes repeat the form that saw her score 36 of 39 tries in a 48-45 win over the Hummingbirds.
St Catherine Racers will bank on the shooting of Tracy-Ann Francis, Kestina Sturridge and Shanice Howe, with Jodi-Ann Ward and Nardia Hanson giving support.