Queen's seek ISSA all-island netball double
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
Top senior schoolgirls netball teams, The Queen's School and Holmwood Technical will face off for the all island Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association title in a mega-showdown at St Andrew High today.
Preceding this game at 2 p.m, Queen's will oppose Denbigh High in the junior clash as the Marvette Anderson-coached team hunts a clean sweep.
Both matches will be a repeat of last year's finals where Queen's had an easy win over their rivals in the juniors before their seniors had to pull out all the stops to deny Holmwood.
Queen's senior team will be led by National Under-20 and Under-16 player, goal shooter Simone Gordon, who has been in tremendous form all season.
Following an impressive victory over St Hugh's in the urban finals late Wednesday, coach Anderson was very optimistic about her chances today.
"Holmwood are champions not by chance, and they have worked hard and they lost to us last year, so I expect a good game, and I know that they will be coming hard, but we will be ready for them," said Anderson.
Holmwood, after capturing their ninth rural title in ten years with a big win over Denbigh will be coming all out to avenge last year's defeat.
After losing to Queen's two years ago at this stage, Holmwood will be hoping to deny their opponents back-to-back wins, and coach Carlene Graham-Powell is looking forward to the challenge.
"Every championships is different as they come with challenges, but if you believe and trust in God like we do, as our technical director is Jesus and we believe in Him, and when there are situations that need fixing, He tells us what to do, so we are leaning on Him and we are not afraid. We lost last year, but we are coming to regain our title," said Graham-Powell.
A good showdown also looms among the juniors. Five-time champions Queen's, who will be hoping to make it three in a row, will be led by the very agile Hasana Williams at wing attack and goal shooter Tishana Daley.
Denbigh will definitely be a much stronger team this time around as they showed in their win over Manchester High that they are a quality bunch. The key players are the versatile and hard-working Chris-Ann Thompson, who was brilliant at wing defence against Manchester High, and goal shooter Moyah Manning.
On Wednesday, the urban finals were interrupted by rain at St Andrew High. Queen's completed the double with the juniors defeating Norman Manley High 33-24 before the Seniors whipped St Hugh's High 47-35.