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Spotlight on ISSA netball - Top teams clash in finals at Leila Robinson Courts

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kadie-Ann Dehaney of St Hugh's.

The best of local schoolgirls netball will be on show at the Leila Robinson Courts today.

For the first time ever, both the rural and urban Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) finals will be played at the same venue.

Action will begin at 11 a.m. - a the third-place play-off match between Manchester High and Holmwood Technical. One hour later, at noon, there will be three third-place matches for junior and senior teams from both rural and urban schools.

The first of four finals will begin at 1 p.m. In a repeat of last year's final, defending champions Denbigh High will take on Knox College in the rural junior final. This will be followed by the urban junior final at 2 p.m. between many-time winners Queen's School and newcomers Gaynstead High.

At 3 p.m., Holmwood Technical will take on first-time finalists Titchfield High in the rural senior final. Holmwood, who have reached their tenth consecutive final, will be gunning for their ninth overall title, but will be wary of a hungry Titchfield team.

Carlene Graham-Powell, coach of defending champions Holmwood, is confident her team will retain their title.

"The team did not play as expected in the semi-finals, as most of them were playing at this stage for the first time. However, since that game, we have gone back to the drawing board and had a nice team meeting with them, and we are very confident of victory," said Graham Powell.

In the urban final, which begins at 4 p.m., St Hugh's will be hoping to avenge their second-round defeat by three goals to Camperdown High, the only unbeaten team in the Corporate Area.

Kadi-Ann Dehaney, who was a part of the National Senior team to the Netball World Cup in Australia in mid-year, will carry the hopes of St Hugh's.

Coach of St Hugh's, Roy Price, is confident they will win today.

"We lost to Camperdown earlier, and they are a strong and well-coached team, but we know what we did wrong, and we have fixed those problems and we are hoping to win this time around," said coach Price.