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NHT A beat Ministry of Education A 37-32 to lead Business House Senior A-League netball

By Gerald Reid
Observer writer

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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NATIONAL Housing Trust (NHT) “A” defeated Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) “A” 37-22 to take sole leadership in the 2018 Business House Netball Association (BHNA) Senior A-League at the Leila Robinson Courts last Saturday.

NHT “A”, the newly crowned Open League champions, also chalked up their fifth consecutive win from as many starts to move to 15 points, while MOEY “A” were losing their first match to remain on 12 points.

Christopher Smart, coach of NHT “A”, said his opponents started with six players and were holding their own, but when they got the additional player they did not threaten.

“We made a few adjustments during the break and easily began outplaying our opponents who we gave little opportunity to produce any serious challenges,” Smart said.

Smart said his main aim is to top the zone in the preliminary round so as to go straight into the final, because he will be without two national representatives — goal shooter Thristina Harwood, and national captain and goalkeeper Vangelee Williams, who will be on overseas duties for the Sunshine Girls.

He added that the team would also be without the services of goal-shooter/goal-attack Crystal Grant, who will be having an operation on her ankle. “Going straight into the final will be good for the team as we would not like to go into the playoffs.”

Goal shooter Harwood netted 31 goals from 41 attempts for NHT “A”, while goal shooter Phyllis Thompson scored 17 goals from 22 attempts for MOEY “A”.

Defending champions Scotiabank returned to winning ways after suffering two defeats to NHT “A” and MOEY “A”. The bankers defeated Jamaica National (JN) Group 67-32.

Goal,shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins netted 55 goals from 67 attempts, and goal attack Tennisha Bernard added 12 goals from 19 attempts, while goal attack Nadine Cushnie-Vassell scored 17 goals from 25 attempts and goal shooter Tajmarie Marsh sank 15 goals from 21 attempts for the JN Group.

In Senior B-League encounter, Sagicor Life Group defeated Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) 49-22 with goal attack Renekia Thompson scoring 34 goals from 42 attempts, with goal attack Marsha White getting 19 goals from 38 efforts for JUTC.

Saturday's Results

Senior A-League

NHT “A” 37, MOEY “A” 22

Scotiabank 67, JN Group 32

Senior B-League

Sagicor Group 49, JUTC 22

Intermediate A-League

HEART Trust 41, WISYNCO 37

NHT “B” 53, Norman Manley Airport 42

Continental Baking 38, JACE Consultant 38

Intermediate B-League

FLOW Jamaica 30, Guardsman Group 24

JMMB Bank 31, LASCO 30

Junior League

Stewart's Automotive 31, FINSCA 15

NWC 25, Jamaica Aviation 10

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