Mico overpower UWI for Intercol title
Defending champions Mico 'A' secured back-to-back titles in Senior Intercollegiate Netball action as the Janet Guy and Connie Francis-coached team, in what was a repeat of last year's final, overpowered 2014 champions UWI 'A' with a big 61-42 win.
Sunshine Girls goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid led the way for the champions, scoring 44 goals from 51 attempts.
Both teams had advanced to the finals three days earlier with contrasting wins over their semi-final opponents as Mico blew away G.C. Foster 'A' 72-30, while in a very close encounter, UWI eventually outlasted a fighting Utech team 41-32.
Heading into Tuesday's finals, UWI, who a week ago were also beaten 46-28 by Mico in the preliminary round of the competition were bent on upstaging them where it mattered most and were off to a good start.
With the majority of the fans pushing them on, UWI got out of the blocks quickly, racing to a quick 5-1 lead inside five minutes with national player, Thristina Harwood at wing attack and Rebekkah Robinson at goal attack combining well to spread the ball to lanky goal shooter Shimona Nelson.
Nelson was well on target, scoring all five early attempts easily as the Mico defence led by Shantel Slater (goalkeeper) and goal defence Anika McKenzie struggled to contain her.
UWI kept the lead for the majority of the quarter before Mico took over 11-10 with less than five minutes to go before extending it to 17-11 at the end of the quarter.
With Fowler-Reid and Goal Attack Stephanie Anderson, who came in for the injured Nicole Dixon, having good early synergy in the second quarter and centre Trishana Hanson playing well, they looked a different Mico team in the second quarter.
Mico outscored their opponent 18-9 to take a 36-20 lead at the half-time break.
Despite being down by 16 goals going into the third quarter, the UWI team showed some fight here and with Mico making several turnovers they reduced the deficit scoring five unanswered goals as Mico led 36-25. Nelson found her range as they outscored the Mico team 13-9 with Mico's lead standing at 45-33 going into the final quarter.
Like they did in the second quarter, the more experienced Mico team settled early, showing their class once again as they dominated here pulling away in the end after outscoring their opponent 16-9 to end on a high note beating their opponent by 19 goals. Anderson assisted Fowler Reid with 16 goals from 22 attempts. Nelson was the top scorer for the losers with 30 from 38 attempts with her partner, Robinson scoring 12 from 19.
"It is a very proud moment for us at Mico. The team had some errors in the earlier part of the game, but they found their rhythm later and we made several changes because we have rounded squad, and they gelled well afterwards," said Guy in her first season at the helm.