SEVERAL of the island’s top netballers will be in action today as the third staging of the Berger Elite League (BEL) will get under way inside the National Indoor Sports Centre with the playing of two matches. In the opening game at 6:30 p.m., the Under-21 Shiners will take on the St Ann Orchid, while at 7:45 p.m., defending champions Clarendon Gators will oppose Kingston Hummingbirds. In the curtain-raiser, the Janet Guy-coached Orchid team will start as favourites over the National Under-21 outfit, as they have a wealth of experience in their squad. The team will include the likes of veteran Simone Forbes and Althea Byfield, and will be complemented by Shanice Beckford, Giselle Anderson and Adean Thomas, who are all part of the present national senior line-up. It will be interesting to see how the Under-21 team matches up against more experienced players as they continue their preparation for the Netball World Youth Cup slated for Botswana next July. In the feature, the Dalton Hinds-coached Clarendon Gators will be hoping for a winning start and coach Hinds, despite losing most of his players from last year’s team, remains very optimistic about their outlook for the upcoming season. “We will be without four players from last year’s winning team but our chances of retaining the title are very good,” said Hinds. Kasey Evering and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock will lead the charge here for the defending champions. Marvette Anderson’s King-ston Hummingbirds will be hoping to deny the defending champions a good start and will look towards the likes of Shameera Sterling, Stacey-Ann Facey, Thristina Harwood and Kerry-Ann Brown to pull off the win. Preceding the games there will be an opening ceremony and uniform parade involving all eight teams. The other teams involved are Under-21 Suns, St Catherine Racers and St James Sharps.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Davao Occ win streak now at 6 The Lady Eagles were expected to cruise against the winless Lady Falcons.Instead the Lady Eagles encountered a team desperate to score its first win, dragging Ateneo to a five-set thriller that lasted for two hours and 45 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“In the end it was all heart,” said Kat Tolentino who fired 28 points for Ateneo, including 20 attacks coming from all directions.It was Ateneo’s second game in as many days and under similar circumstances in its win over Iriga-Navy the day before, one where it had to be jolted by a surprisingly inspired opponent. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum On Saturday, Ateneo moved past Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14, while PetroGazz drubbed Adamson, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, for its fourth win in seven games.Like Adamson, Iriga is winless in six starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ateneo-Motolite may have a problem with slow starts, but it certainly doesn’t have an issue finishing strong.Ateneo again proved its endgame strength after besting hard-fighting Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, Sunday night to register its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “It doesn’t matter if you’re physically better or more talented, but what’s important is that you play your hearts out and come together as a team,” Tolentino added.Adamson has lost all its six games in the conference, but its level of play belied that, coming around against the triple towers of Ateneo—Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon—to give the Lady Eagles troubles all night long.Unheralded spiker Bern Flora unloaded 26 points for the Lady Falcons who zoomed to an 8-0 start in the fourth that not even the Lady Eagles’ highly efficient system and individual talent could surmount.“We just can’t give up, and I guess we pushed ourselves very hard and remained patient,” said Tolentino of Ateneo’s finishing kick that ensured its fourth win in five outings.“We trusted each other knowing that we can play together and win as a team,” added Tolentino, referring to the fifth set which saw them leading 8-3 only to witness Adamson clawing back to within 8-9.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ