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Denbigh, Gaynstead seek doubles at ISSA netball finals

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

DENBIGH and Gaynstead High Schools will be seeking the double when the finals of the ISSA rural and urban schoolgirls netball competition are played today at G.C. Foster College.

Both teams had good wins in junior and senior semi-finals on Tuesday at the same venue. In rural junior action Denbigh had an easy 24-9 over St Thomas Technical and will meet Holmwood in the final after they stopped Manchester High 25-19. This game is set for 1:30 p.m.

Denbigh's seniors, who easily defeated Knox College 41-23, will take the court one hour later against Manchester High. Manchester advanced to today's final after a close 39-37 win over defending champions Holmwood.

Defending urban junior champions Gaynstead will face many-time champions The Queen's School in the urban junior final at 3:30 p.m. Gaynstead easily brushed aside Norman Manley High 33-15 in Tuesday's semi-finals while Queen's got by Camperdown 26-17. In the senior finals at 4:30 p.m., the high-riding Excelsior will take on Gaynstead. Excelsior clipped defeated defending champions Camperdown 28-23 and Gaynstead turned back Queen's 26-17 to move forward.

Following their first double in 2003 under then coach Annette Daley, the Clarendon-based Denbigh will start favourites for two titles today following their impressive wins on Tuesday.

The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead will be seeking their first double success. They are undoubtedly the most improved school in local netball.

Excelsior's seniors, under new head coach Christopher Smart, have been in great form all season, losing just once to Queen's a week go in their final game of the second round.

However, they bounced back in fine style on Tuesday to eliminate defending champions Camperdown easily, and they will definitely start favourites to deny Gaynstead the double here.

Action today will start at 9:30 a.m. with the third- place matches.