Saturday 15 December, 2018

Gaters fall short again in Berger Elite League

For Clarendon Gaters, it seems to be a story of same thing, different day as in terms of how their results are playing out in this season’s Berger Elite League netball competition.

In losses to Kingston Hummingbirds and St James Sharpes, the Gaters had started the match well, leading against the Hummingbirds for much of the early portion and against the Sharpes, Clarendon Gaters led for a much longer period, even into the fourth quarter.

Against St Ann Orchids on Tuesday night, it was the same story, with the Gaters leading 11-9 after the first quarter and 36-33 to end the third quarter of Netball Jamaica’s competition.

“It’s something we’ve to work towards as a team because each time we’re leading and we get into the final quarter we tend to lose the game because we’re over-thinking,” said Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes, the team’s goal shooter.

“I think we’re thinking too much and not focusing on what needs to be done by converting the shots. In the last three minutes we started to miss the shots that really mattered and it cost us the game. We just have to learn from this,” she added.

Barnes, Clarendon Gaters’ goal shooter, sunk 21 goals from 32 attempts, while Amanda Pinkney, 14 from 21 and Danielle Masters, eight from 15, scored the other goals.

Assessing her team’s capabilities, Hamilton-Barnes noted that lack of training might be affecting the Gaters, as well as her own form.

“I think the Clarendon Gaters has a mixture of youth and experience. It’s just that we need to train together to know each other to form a bond so that we’ll know what the younger players can do and what the older ones can do. But I think that we have a pretty good team, it’s just that we need to learn to play together more,” she said.

On her shooting, Hamilton-Barnes admitted: “I think that my team is depending on me, especially as the senior shooter, it’s just that I need to convert when it matters. That is important.”

The Gaters only have three points from four matches, while St Ann Orchids moved to seven from four.

Attacking player Adean Thomas said slowing down the game contributed to the Orchids’ excellent fourth quarter play, which yielded 15 points to their opponents’ seven.

“We were going too fast so we were losing the ball in attack. So when we went back out in the fourth quarter we decided to slow it down, take it one step at a time and we remained disciplined,” noted Thomas, who earned the MVP award.

“Well deserved, the girls had my back, so that’s good and I give all of them the MVP tonight because we came from behind for this win,” she added.

St Ann Orchids’ scorers were Thristina Harwood, with 33 goals from 41 attempts, Simone Gordon, 12 from 13 and Tricia Brown, three from four.

In Tuesday’s other game, Kingston Hummingbirds beat St James Sharpes 51-36 to move to nine points from four matches. They led 15-7, 25-17 and 38-26 after the first three quarters. Sabrina Spence was their main scorer, with 26 goals from 34 tries, while Hasana Williams, 19 from 24 and Shanice Beckford, who shot six of seven in the first quarter, netted the other goals.

St James Sharpes, with one win and three points from four matches, got goals from Kestina Sturridge, with 22 from 37, Conique Moore, nine from 13 and Shanice, Howe five from eight.

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