Queen's shooting for Corporate Area double
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
CAN St Hugh's High and Norman Manley High deny The Queen's School?
This is the big question that will be answered today when the finals of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) netball competitions climax at St Andrew High School with the junior and senior finals.
Queen's, the defending champion in both sections, will first put their junior title on the line in a game starting at 2:30 p.m. against Norman Manley, that will be followed by their battle for the senior crown with St Hugh's.
Queen's, who are also all-island champions in both divisions, will be seeking to make it a hat-trick of double wins in a row after their 2012 and 2013 sweep. The Marvette Anderson-coached team has also stayed unbeaten all season in both competitions.
Despite their dominance, they will not have things their own way as both Norman Manley and St Hugh's are formidable opponents.
It will be a repeat of last year's finalists among the seniors, which ended in a one-sided affair. This time around it should be much different, as the defending champions have lost most of their experienced players and face a confident St Hugh's team that is also unbeaten all season.
"Whenever we play against Queen's, it has always been a tough game," said Roy Pryce, St Hugh's coach. "They have beaten us the past two years in the semi-finals and in the finals.
"I think, this time around, we have a very good chance of stopping them and the girls are highly motivated going into this game," added Pryce.
Anderson, too, believes it will be much tougher for her team this time, but remains optimistic.
"It is going to be a tough game as St Hugh's will be coming for revenge, but we are ready for the challenge, as a champion never say die," said Anderson.
After steamrolling their opponents all season, the defending champions will have their hands full against a very solid Norman Manley team in the junior finals.
Queen's will have to lift their performance as their shooters looked goal-shy and they gave a lacklustre semi-final effort against Gaynstead.
The final will be preceded by the junior third-place play-off between Gaynstead and Meadowbrook, while St Catherine High face Holy Childhood in the seniors' third-place match.