Queen's, Holmwood share netball titles
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
There was mixed fortune for the Queen's School in yesterday's Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association all-island schoolgirls netball finals at St Andrew High.
Queen's juniors retained their title, defeating Denbigh High 35-28 but the seniors were ambushed in overtime, 51-46, by an inspired Holmwood Technical team.
The defending champions took control early in the junior final dominating their opponents in the first two quarters to lead 12-5 and 20-11. Denbigh fought back late in the match and levelled the scores at 25-25 in the final quarter.
However, turnovers by the Denbigh team swung the game into Queen's favour and they won going away in the end.
Goal attack Shanique Francis top scored with 23 goals from 31 attempts while goal shooter Tishana Daley scored 12 from 14. Goal shooter Moya Manning with 23 from 31 attempts led the way for the losers.
Tied at full time
In the senior final Queen's led 13-10 and 21-19 after two quarters. Holmwood found their best form in the third quarter and Queen's could do little to contain the lanky goal shooter Tracy Ann Francis and the teams went into the final quarter locked at 30-30.
It was 40-40 at full time and the teams went into two five-minute halves. Holmwood took control after the first five minutes and led 45-42. Queen's felt the pressure and made some simple errors.
Francis scored all but one goal for her team as she had 50 from 57 attempts. Queen's goal shooter, Simone Gordon had 35 from 42 attempts.
Winning coach Carlene Graham-Powell whose team pocketed their eighth all-island title was overjoyed with the win.
"This is an awesome win and I must give God the glory for this as with a minute to full time I thought we had lost it but as I kept saying as once you have faith and trust good things will happen. The fitness of our girls prevailed in the end as extra time is something we were prepared for," said Graham.
Queen's coach Marvette Anderson said her girls failed to maintain their composure.
"Our players were not disciplined towards the latter stages of the fourth quarter and we lost it there as we had a good cushion. They did not stick to the game plan but they have done well all season as many people did not think we could have reached this far after we lost nearly eleven players from last year's squad," said Anderson.