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INSPORTS Challenge Cup netball semi-finals on today

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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The semi-finals of the Inaugural staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Challenge Cup High School netball championship will be played at Manchester High netball court today.

In the first semi-final to begin 2:00 pm, May Day High, the winners of the Rural Area preliminary round, will go up against St Catherine High, who were the runners-up in the Urban Area preliminary round.

Gaynstead High, the winners of the Urban Area preliminary round, will take on Rural 'A' preliminary-round runners-up Manchester High in a scheduled 3:00 pm start.

The Challenge Cup serves as a warm-up for next month's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) High schoolgirls urban and rural netball competitions.

May Day will be relying on shooters Petagaye Smith and Odeaka Johnson to come good, as well as the support of Serena Simpson and Shaunagaye Smith to provide the scoring chances for the shooters.

St Catherine, on the other hand, have shooters Tahice Redwood and Felicia Smith, along with Chevelette Thompson to push the team to victory.

Janet Hunter, coach of May Day High, said the players are in good shape and are going for the win against St Catherine High.

“We are not thinking about whether our chances are good as the players are going out there to win. We have not seen our opponents in action but we are in a good frame of mind. The girls are just waiting for this opportunity and ready for the challenge,” Hunter told the Jamaica Observer.

Dalton Hinds, coach of former Urban Senior League champions Gaynstead, said his semi-final match against Manchester High should be very tough one, but that his players are ready to take on their opponents.

“I am looking for the team to come out with the win as the players will have to step up their game, be positive, concentrate, and execute well and try avoiding too many mistakes. But it could broil down to the team that wants it most should win,” said Hinds.

Goal shooter Amanda Pickney with Kelsey Jones Latavia Spence and Dejauna McIntosh should be the key to victory for Gaynstead.

Twin sisters Moya-Lee Laidlaw and Danielle Laidlaw, along with Chantal Smith, Shantal Brown, and Kelzeika Rattray, will have the bulk of the pressure on their shoulders to pull off victory for Manchester.

The final is scheduled to be played on Friday at the Leila Robinson Courts, beginning at 3:00 pm. The teams will also be involved in a rally that should start at 1:00 pm before the final.

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