Manchester Spurs’ Allison gifts MVP award to 'deserving' team-mate

By January 28, 2019

It is not often that an athlete gives up a Most Valuable Player award to a teammate who they feel was more deserving.

Someone forgot to mention that to Gezelle Allison of the Manchester Spurs, the champions of the Berger Elite League.

Standing at 1.85m, Allison had an outstanding series of games that concluded with a 31-goal outing as the Spurs dethroned the Kingston Hummingbirds 71-65 in overtime on Saturday and win the Berger Elite League.

Allison also scored 23 goals in Game 1 and 41 goals in Game 2 in the best-of-three series that the team won 2-1. However, as soon as she was awarded the MVP trophy she promptly passed it on to her teammate Anna Kay Griffiths, the team’s goal attack.

“I gave her the MVP title because I thought she was the one who was actually offering more to the team so I thought she deserved it more,” Allison said of her display of sportsmanship.

Griffiths scored 40 goals from 42 attempts, while Allison’s 31 goals came from 34 tries in their title-clinching victory

“I wasn’t expecting the MVP either way because I didn’t offer much. It wasn’t like Tuesday when I was consistent and offered much,” Allison added.

“She was there, even in the important parts of the game she was there throughout. There were times when I was on an off, I wasn’t consistent.”

A student at GC Foster College, Allison sets high personal standards. This is perhaps why she rates her performance in the second game of the series much more than she did the one in Game 3.

In the game played last Wednesday, Allison led Spurs’ scoring with 41 goals to earn the MVP award, adding to the other two she had claimed in the preliminaries.

“In the second game, I said I was going to try my best. I didn’t want the umpires to get into my head. I wanted to keep composed. I wanted everything to work out and not have the coach shouting at me. I just wanted to stay composed and stick to the plan,” she recalled.

This is the first time that Manchester Spurs were winning the BEL championship but this is the second title for Allison, having won with the St. Ann Orchids in 2017.

“I’m happy about the situation that we won, but I’m not the type of person who I going to get excited and stuff because I’m not that kind of person,” she explained of the way she displays emotion. “I don’t like excitement, I’m just different.”

Looking ahead, she has designs on making the national squad to the World Cup in Liverpool later this year. “I’m looking forward for Netball Jamaica to call me to the squad to train with the team because I really want to go to the World Championship,” she said.



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