Jamaica Netball Association
JPS lights up Trelawny with netball rally

Tuesday, June 15, 2010




FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Jamaica Pubic Service Company Limited (JPSCo) tipped off its 2010 Western Region Netball season with a rally at the Elliston Wakeland Community Centre in Falmouth on Saturday.

Thirty-three teams from Westmoreland (eight), Hanover (10), St James (seven), and Trelawny (eight) contested 66 matches played over 10 minutes each on two courts. Over 400 spectators watched in brilliant sunshine as the teams scored more than 500 goals, with all four champions being newly-crowned and undefeated on the day.

"The Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) great emphasis on what is happening in western Jamaica, and we see this as an important part of our netball development," said JNA vice-president Dorothy Hobson at the ceremony opening the event.

The JPS started sponsoring western netball in 2005 with the St James Intermediate League and over the years have added the Westmoreland Super League (2006), the Hanover Open League (2008) and for the first time this year, the Trelawny Open League.

Since the start of the tournement, over $10 million have been spent. This year's budget was put at $3 million and covered uniforms, umpires' fees, cash and trophy prizes (for both sections) as well as transportation and lunch for the teams at the rally.

Manager of external affairs at JPS Western Region, Kathleen Cooke, reminded participants and spectators of "JPSCo's commitment to discipline and excellence". "It has been a wonderful day of netball, the teams played well, and this is the signal of an excellent start of the 2010 Leagues," she said.

Starlight B took the St James crown winning their three Zone encounters then stopping Aces 9-0 and Angelletts 3-1, respectively, in the semi-final and final.

Westlanders Sports Club earned the Westmoreland title following victories in their three Zone matches, including a 13-3 semi-final win over defending champions Bluebirds and a 5- 2 final result over newcomers ViQueens. Bluebirds, who are also the defending League champions, went down 4-8 to Unlimited in the third place play-off.

Hanover's 2009 League champions Russia prevailed with a 5-4 win over Green Island who beat defending champions Logwood 3-2 in the semi-final.

The first Trelawny JPSCo rally title went to Starlight who scored a 4-3 win over Falmouth Police Youth Club following on an 8-0 thrashing of Stewart Town in semi-finalists .

The respective parish Leagues are set to begin later this month.

TG take lead in Berger Super League

Sunday, June 06, 2010


TIVOLI drew first blood in the Jamaica Netball Association Berger Super League best-of-three final by stopping defending champions Jamalco 42-40 in Game One at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

Jamalco, replete with several current and former national players, led in the first quarter, 13-8, but could not take charge thereafter as former national captain Elaine Davis struggled to find her footing and ended with 29 goals from 42 attempts.


altTivoli goalshooter Cleopatra Grant grabs the balls as Jamalco’s Kamika Sherwood (right) tries to defend during the first game in the JNA/Berger Super League netball final at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday. Tivoli won, 42-40. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Kasey Evering started in the goal shooting position for Tivoli, but was substituted at the end of the first quarter as she made several unforced errors and could not quite get it together.

Her replacement, Cleopatra Grant, then led with 26 goals from 36 attempts while the illustrious Jody Ffrench landed 10 from 11 as they whittled away at the lead and eventually ended the second quarter locked at 22-all.

From then on, the West Kingston

side led from the front, taking the

third quarter, 32-30, before moving on to victory.

Jamalco coach Winston Nevers congratulated the opposition on their showing and said his side's errors cost them: "I think we didn't shoot well today ...the two teams were close and so any one that made the mistakes will suffer," he told the Sunday Observer.

Tivoli coach Chris Campbell said his bench is deep enough that they will be in good stead entering Monday's game two.

"We won with what we had so we are going to see how best we can add to that and get it right," he said.


JNA hit hard by KSAC fees

Saturday, May 15, 2010 


THE Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) has found itself facing some unexpected expenses from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) as it prepares to host this weekend's Supreme Ventures 'A' and 'C' League finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC).

The local league matches are usually held at the outdoor Leila Robinson Courts during the regular season, but as has been the case in the past few years, Supreme Ventures has requested that the finals be played on the sprung wooden indoor courts of the NISC.


However, the JNA's CEO Sonya Hamilton told the Observer that unlike past years, the association will now have to pay the municipal body an extra $25,000 before the finals will be allowed to go ahead.

In addition to the discounted $300,000 fee the JNA must pay Independence Park Limited (IPL) to rent the NISC, they must also fork over an $15,000 Amusement Fee and $10,000 Advertising Fee to the KSAC.

She said the KSAC had also said the JNA must be granted permission from the relevant association for the sound system to be operated during the finals, as well as from the Ministry of Health, the Fire Department, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).

Job's Lane United will take on GC Foster Strikers 'B' in the Supreme Ventures C League final at 3:30 today, with the 'A' League final between UWI Revolution and Jetsetters 'A' to follow at 5 o'clock.

JNA/ 3M Academy at CASE postponed

JNA/3M Academy # 2 scheduled to be hosted at CASE has postponed until further notice due to safety concerns.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may caused.

We will advise of the new dates as soon as they are finalised.

JNA could bid for 2013 World Youth Champs



Friday, May 14, 2010


THE Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) says that if it gets the right amount of corporate backing before the June 30 deadline, it will bid to host the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships (WYNC).

Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) boss Marva Bernard made the revelation at a media briefing at the Sunshine Chalet yesterday.


She told the Observer the estimated figure the JNA had budgeted for was US$2 million.

"We need to confirm enough sponsors and we need that figure up front in order to put in a bid," Bernard said.

She told the Observer she hopes to put in the bid at the next board meeting of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) on July 9 and 10 in Los Angeles, USA.

Scotland had initially presented a solitary bid to stage the next WYNC at Congress last year, but after a review in March, the IFNA board decided to reopen bidding.

Jamaica last hosted an international netball competition in 2003 when it staged the World Netball Championships when Australia earned the top prize.

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