Mico outlast UWI in epic Intercol finale
MICO University College 'A' topped the senior Intercollegiate netball competition after outlasting UWI 'A' 52-50 in an exciting and pulsating final at G.C. Foster College on Saturday, to regain the title they had won in 2013.
Victory kept the Marescaux Road-based institution on course to sweep all titles in Intercollegiate netball, following their junior team's one-sided 33-14 win in the final over G.C. Foster College 'C' earlier in the day.
Mico had also won the Open rally earlier in the season.
They can complete the sweep this afternoon, when Mico 'B' play UWI 'B' in the Intermediate final at 4:30 p.m., at the Leila Robinson Court. In a rescheduled semi-final on Saturday, UWI 'B' stopped EXED Community College 31-22.
With both teams parading some of the country's top national senior players, what was expected to be a thrilling senior final lived up to expectations and the large crowd was not disappointed, with clinical shooting a major highlight.
For the first 10 minutes, both teams were perfect as Mico's goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, along with the UWI pair of goal shooter Thristina Harwood and goal attack Rebekah Robinson, were tied 10-10, before UWI had two turnovers late in the quarter and Mico took a 16-13 lead at the end of the quarter.
The intensity continued in the second quarter, as Harwood and Robinson remained solid and with their teammates, former national senior captain Nadine Bryan at wing attack and the lanky goal defence, national player Shameera Sterling giving good support, UWI outscored Mico 12-9 to tie the game 25-25 at half-time.
Excellent interceptions by Mico's goal defence Vangelee Williams, a national player and goalkeeper Shanikka Johnson, coupled with Fowler's craft, gave Mico a slight advantage with a 40-37 lead after three quarters.
UWI battled hard but could not overcome the deficit and suffered a narrow loss eventually.
Fowler led all scorers with 50 goals from 52 attempts, while Harwood led UWI with 28 from 30 tries.
"I would consider this final as the best of the five we were in and this victory the best of the three as the competition was high quality and the girls came out and gave their best," said Mico's coach Annette Daley, who is also assistant coach of the national senior team. "Errors were made on both sides and we came out the best and I am not surprised about the closeness as UWI is a quality team as we played them earlier in the season and beat them by three."
Conrad Parkes, the coach of UWI, said: "Mico is a good team and so is UWI and we prepared well for the final, but in the game Mico kept their composure better than us and the turnovers in the last three minutes by my team cost us the game."