Determined Mico B nip Jamalco in JN Open League final
Janet Guy, assistant coach of Mico B, credited hard work and dedication for her team's success in this year's JN/Sunshine Open League netball competition.
Mico B captured their first Open League title on Saturday, with a nail-biting 32-31 victory over Jamalco in the final at St Andrew High School.
"Our determination was our driving force behind this victory," said Janet Guy, assistant coach of Mico B.
"It was a total team effort because our girls really wanted to win this title. They worked really hard, and so I have to lift my hat off to them."
Lanky goal shooter Danielle Masters led the way for Mico with 20 goals from 28 attempts. She received good support from Simone Manning's 12 goals from 19 tries.
Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, with 26 goals from 32 attempts, and Tracey Francis, five from five, were the scorers for the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco.
Mico, who defeated the dethroned UWI Pelicans in the semi-final, jumped out to a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
They played with a lot of speed and were aggressive at both ends of the court, which enabled them to extend their advantage to 16-11 at half-time.
Jamalco, through their former national goal shooter, Murphy-Dawkins, and Naudia Brown, fought gallantly in the third quarter to outscore Mico 11-8 to trail 24-22 at the end of the third stanza.
Both teams fought hard in the final quarter, which saw the lead changing hands on a number of occasions. But in the end, Mico held their nerves for the narrow victory.
"My players worked very hard as we went out there with similar energy like the semi-final against the Pelicans," Guy said.
"We made some errors because of anxiety as we were rushing the game, but we managed to keep our composure when it mattered most to win," Guy added.
Mico's Trishana Hanson was named the Most Valuable Player of the competition.
Wayne Shaw, manager of Jamalco, said: "It was a disappointing loss for us because we really wanted to win this title, but we gave it our best, and so I could not have asked my team for more. "
Molynes United A won the Open League Consolation final with an easy 28-19 win over Blades United A. Mischa Creary led the way for Molynes United with 17 goals from 25 attempts and got good support from Phyllis Thompson, 10 from 13.
Shauna Jones, 10 goals from 10 tries, and Flevet Thomas, nine from 11, were the scorers for Blades United.