Kingston Hummingbirds finished strongly to beat St. Catherine Racers 48-42 in Saturday night's Berger Elite League netball deciding game-3, coming from behind and win the title 2-1
The Hummingbirds led 11-10 in the first quarter and maintained that slim margin at half-time, where the score was 23-22.
Goalshooter Elaine Davis led the scoring with 27 goals from 33 attempts while Thristina Harwood had 22 goals as the Hummingbirds wrapped up victory and the title.
“You know in every situation there is always room for improvement, so there is always that kind of roller coaster performance," winning coach Sylvester Campbell said. "But for the most part, I thought they were good,” Campbell, remarked.
Sabrina Spence shot 25 from 34 attempts for the St. Catherine Racers who entered the playoffs determined to become champions, and looked like they would do so after taking game-1 51-30.
However, their game fell apart in game two and again on Saturday.
“We started out well. We started out really well. I think my team, we have a problem with keeping our lead," Racers captain Nordia Hanson said. " With the exception of game-1, other than that we have problems keeping the lead... But the season was very good, for the most part. I think my team did extremely well. Under all the circumstances, we stood out there and did well,” Hanson concluded. The Hummingbirds' Stacy-Ann Facey was named MVP.
Netball Jamaica's Technical Director, Jill McIntosh gave her views on the league.
“Some teams seemed a bit better than others. I am sure it is a learning situation and next year you might see a little bit more change of players to try and even the six teams out," McIntosh said. "But all in all, it was a very good competition,” McIntosh noted.