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Racers look to improved shooting against Hummingbirds

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Fixing St Catherine Racers' shooting pitfalls will be key on coach Christopher Smart's mind when his team challenges Kingston Hummingbirds, the defending champions, in Netball Jamaica's Berger Elite League feature match at Leila Robinson Courts today.

Game time is 7:45 pm, well ahead of the opening game of the day's double which brings together first-round winners St James Sharpes and Manchester Spurs, at 6:30 pm.

Smart's team found it difficult hitting shots and suffered a 55-35 blow-out against Manchester Spurs, last season's third-placed finishers, in their opening match last Thursday.

“We need to sort out our shooter. I don't know what happened to her because she got the most accurate shooter award (last season),” he said of their star shooter Tracy-Ann Francis, who scored 31 goals from 39 attempts.

Apart from stepping up their offensive play, if they are to win St Catherine Racers must also contain Kingston Hummingbirds shooters Sabrina Spence and versatile Hasana Williams, knowing also that captain Shanice Beckford — a high percentage shooter — could return from injury to unleash more misery on his troops.

Spence, who admitted that she had not played for some time, was somewhat impressive with the number of shots she took, 46, to end up with a scoring total of 37. A couple of additional days' practice could improve her form, a worrisome possibility for the Racers.

Still, as the season is young, Smart can also argue that there is a bit of rust on his team and the additional days may yet bring a better performance.

The same holds for the opening matchup, where Connie Francis' Manchester Spurs, with a battery of talent, hold the upper hand.

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