St. Catherine Racers hoping for improved showing against defending champions

By November 20, 2018

Coach Christopher Smart is hoping that when the St. Catherine Racers take on the Kingston Hummingbirds on Wednesday night, they would have sorted their shooting issues.

The Racers play the defending champions in the feature match 7:45 pm (8:45 ECT) at the Leila Robinson Courts with his fingers crossed that his usually sharp goal shooter Tracy-Ann Francis shows up.

“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),” said Smart of Francis, who scored 31 goals from 39 attempts as the Racers were blown out 55-35 against the Manchester Spurs last week Thursday.

“I expected her to do much better and she’s a nice, young player, so we’re not going to bash her.”

 Francis’ support unit in attack also needs to do better, the coach said.

“I believe the supporting cast around her needs to do better. Nardia (Hanson), the team’s captain, is a very experienced netball player and I think Nardia is playing out of sorts, so we need to work on that,” Smart surmised.

“Amanda (Thompson) came in at goal attack, she didn’t score a lot of goals, but she managed the circle better. We just need to look at the key players and what they are supposed to do on the court to ensure we’re more successful.”

I think the team is a little more rounded than last year’s team, outside of losing Jodiann Ward. It’s just for them to come back, believe in themselves, believe in their own ability and know that they can do it.”

The task ahead does not get any easier as the defending champions await but Smart believes that if the Racers are at their best they have no reason to fear their opponents.

 “I’m not looking at any individual team. I think all the teams in this competition are rounded and all the teams are good, so on any given day you can do good against any team,” said Smart.

Apart from stepping up their offensive play, the Racers must also contain Kingston Hummingbirds’ shooters Sabrina Spence and the 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 got, 46, scoring 37.
Couple more days practice could improve her form, a worrisome sign 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.

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