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Nationals to decide outcome of Intercol finals

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Mico's Williams. - File photo
G.C. Foster's Aiken-Pinnock.

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

THREE titles will be on the line when the 2014 Inter-collegiate netball competition climaxes today at St Andrew High netball court.

Among the Juniors, College of Agriculture, Science and Education will take on G.C. Foster College 'C' at 3 p.m.; defending champions Mico 'B' face Portmore Community College in the Intermediate final at 4 p.m.; while Mico 'A' will challenge G.C. Foster College 'A' in the battle for the Senior championship, beginning at 5 p.m.

These games will be preceded by third-place play-offs in all three categories. At 1 p.m., Exed Community College face G.C. Foster College 'B' in the Juniors; University of the West Indies (UWI) square off against University of Technology (UTech) at 2 p.m. in the Intermediate category; while Northern Caribbean University take on Montego Bay Community College at 3 p.m. in Seniors action.

It should be a cracker in the senior final, as Mico 'A' and G.C. Foster 'A' scored good wins in their semi-final games last Saturday at G.C. Foster College.

Mico avenged their defeat in last year's final with an impressive 48-32 win over defending champions UWI, while G.C. Foster 'A', in their first finals in six years, held off a late challenge from the UTech to win 41-35.

Both teams will be parading national senior players who were part of the country's team to the World Fast5 Series in New Zealand recently.

Attacking Skills

Mico, who are in their fifth consecutive final after winning the title in 2011 and 2012, will be relying on the very agile Vangelee Williams at goal defence, plus the attacking skills of Nicole Dixon.

On paper, G.C. Foster looks the stronger team and should start as favourites to win their first title in years, as they are extremely strong at both ends of the court. Their captain and goal keeper, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, and Stacian Facey at goal defence, can hold off any attack. To complement them at the other end will be the lanky goal shooter, Shantel Slater and goal attack Deneen Taylor, who are both former national Under-21 players who have been working well in tandem all season.