Monday, 12 January 2015

HOLDING COURT: Star power, first-class netball make for a hugely entertaining Sunshine Series

CROWD FAVOURITE: For Saturday's pulsating after-party, deejay I-Octane was called on to electrify the massive crowd, and he did not disappoint, earning raves for his stint that featured all his latest radio hits. Here he is posing with JNA boss Marva Bernard, who congratulated him on a job well done.

With the Sunshine Girls currently hosting arch-nemesis England inside the National Indoor Sports Centre for the Supreme Ventures Series (January 10 through 13), Jamaican netball is having a moment. But the best part by far is the event's winning combination of talented sportswomen, corporate power players, cool celebrities, top-flight entertainers and enthusiastic Jamaicans from all walks who flock to the venue each evening, armed with their bam-bams and vuvuzelas ready to make some noise.

What's more, first-class action on the court between our local girls and the English Roses is not the only draw. In addition to the main course, patrons are treated to live musical performances Voicemail, Charlie Blacks and I-Octane have already performed thrilling potato races, goal-shooting contests and the sight of some of your favourite personalities and public figures donning their PE skirts and lacing up their sneakers to square off against former stars of the popular female sport.

The Sunshine Series climaxes on Tuesday with the final match-up between the Sunshine Girls and England, a showdown between a team of entertainers and businesswomen, and can't-miss performances by Beenie Man and Tarrus Riley. 

GOOD SPORTS: Everyone gathered mid-court for a group shot at the final whistle to mark the end of the moderately entertaining  Celebrities vs. Masters clash, which preceded Sunday's second test. The Masters won 15-8.

GAME CHANGERS: Holding it down for the Celebrity All-Stars, Sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley (left) and do-it-all diva Miss Kitty, rocking their team colours, shared a close-up after the game on Sunday.

DREAM TEAM: Smile Jamaica's dynamite duo was also in the house! Yendi Phillipps, who has the height and slender built ideal for netball, played goalkeeper for the celebs squad, while Neville Bell was part of a broadcast team for Television Jamaica.

ON THE BALL: With her instantly recognizable voice coursing through the speakers, the Energizer Bunny, Jenny Jenny (pictured here with Supreme Ventures' Natolah Roache), kept everyone up to speed and had the proceedings flowing smoothly as the event emcee.

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