No sweat for Gaters
Clarendon Gaters coach Dalton Hinds said he expected a tougher fight from the St James Sharpes in Game Two of the Berger Elite netball final at the Leila Robinson Courts on Wednesday.
The Gaters defeated the Sharpes 35-27 in a one-sided affair to win the three-game series 2-0, and Hinds pointed out that although his team was far from its best on the night, they were still able to outplay their opponents for most of the contest.
'I didn't expect it to be that easy," Hinds said, "but they were not at their best as they were missing a top player."
"It was also not the best game of netball from my team. There were patches of good play, but we were not consistent, especially in attack. But we decided that we didn't want to come back on Friday," he said.
Trailing 1-0 in the series, fireworks were expected from the St James Sharpes in their effort to level the series, but it did not happen as the Gaters dominated the first half of the match, winning the first quarter 9-5 and the second quarter 9-7 to lead 18-12 at half-time.
St James' best period
St James' best period of the match came in the third quarter as they scored seven unanswered points to reduce the deficit to just one (23-22), but they missed a great opportunity to tie the game and the Gaters scored to break their momentum and never looked back.
The Gaters lost the third quarter 10-7 but led 25-22 at the interval. They then cruised to a 10-5 win in the final quarter to win comfortably.
Kadie-Ann Dehaney led the Gaters with 33 from 39 attempts.
St James Sharpes' coach, Jennifer Brown, said they tried desperately to fill the void left by top shooter Deneen Taylor, who left the island after Friday's first game.
"We were challenged because our shooter (Deneen Taylor) went overseas and we had to make some tactical shifts. The height match-up in the circle put us at a disadvantage because the defenders from Clarendon were very tall," she noted.
Brown added that they had their chances but failed to take them.