THE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.
DONEGAL senior team manager Jim McGuinness is delighted his side got back to winning ways with the victory over Cork at the weekend.The four point win over the Rebels wasn’t perfect, he said, but he’s delighted to get the victory.McGuinness told RTÉ Sport: “We had a difficult start to the league and we had key players missing for those first few games. So from our own point of view it was nice to get those players back on the field today and getting a game under the belt. “Winning the game was definitely a big bonus. There were mistakes made by Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy and Christy Toy while the odd ball dropped short and there was the odd wide that they would normally take. They weren’t happening in the first half.“And that’s part and parcel of trying to make a comeback into a team when you’ve been out for a number of months.“So we’re just happy that those players got the game under their belts and that we picked up the two points so it opens up the division a bit as well.”McGuinness was also happy to blood some young players in his side that helped Donegal see out the win in the closing stages. “We’d be happy with the younger players and happy with their skill level but sometimes it’s difficult for the younger players to carry the weight of expectation on their own completely and it’s a different dynamic when you’re got your key players and experienced players on the field.“Then the younger lads coming in off the bench or playing alongside them and playing off them as the other lads have been around a lot of corners so that was nice for the younger lads as well and after the last two games it was nice to get a positive as well and they kicked a couple of scores, which was a big plus as well.”GAA: McGUINNESS HAPPY WITH WIN OVER REBELS was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAGAA: McGUINNESS HAPPY WITH WIN OVER REBELS