Sunday 19 May, 2019

Allison looks to step up game after spurring Manchester to easy win

Gezelle Allison is eager to advance her game. To opposing teams in Netball Jamaica’s Berger Elite League, the Manchester Spurs goal shooter’s ambitions seem rather ominous, after she outshot the entire St Catherine Racers team in her first match.

Allison, agile and hard to mark in the circle, sunk 44 goals from 56 attempts to lead Manchester Spurs to a commanding 55-35 victory over St Catherine Racers in the opening game of a double-header at Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday night.

St James Sharpes defeated Clarendon Gaters 42-39 in the nightcap.

As it was only day two of the 2018 season and the first game for all, a bit of rust was evident for many, but not so much Allison, who broke winging from first whistle to set her team on a canter and end up winning a heart-warming MVP prize – a gallon of Berger Paint.

“I’m so happy. It’s my first MVP for the Berger Elite League so I’m okay with that,” said Allison.

Notably encouraged, the talented shooter said: “I’m going to continue with the hard work and my effort will be there for the team. I’m happy for the win, I hope it continues throughout the season.”

That, however, is not the only facet Allison is hoping to extend.

“There’s a lot of room for improvement, just that sometimes I’m a bit timid so I’m trying to control that,” shared the player whose team led untroubled with 15-8, 28-15, 39-27 scores through the first three quarters.

Nicole Dixon, her partner under the hoop and goal attack, netted Manchester’s additional goals, nine from 11 tries.

Tracy-Ann Francis was St Catherine Racers’ high-scorer, with 31 goals from 39 attempts. The team, however, never produced ample shooting support with additional goals coming from Amanda Thompson, two from eight tries, Nardia Hanson, one from four and Quania Walker, one from one.

Christopher Smart, head coach of St Catherine Racers, pointed to their scoring deficiencies and Allison’s impact among contributors to their downfall.

“When you look at somebody like Giselle Allison, she’s just an awesome shooter and she was scoring 95 percent of her shots, that is hard to beat, and we were missing shots,” Smart analysed.

Looking forward, Smart said his team will improve “if we can find a way to up our scoring because once you’re scoring you put pressure on the opponent. So you find that it’s not about a particular team, it’s just about us coming out and knowing that we need to do better than we did tonight.”

The competition continues on Wednesday, November 21 with St James Sharpes vs Manchester Spurs at 6:30 p.m. and St Catherine Racers vs Kingston Hummingbirds at 7:45 p.m.

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