Gaynstead crush Immaculate in ISSA Urban Senior Netball
LAST year's beaten senior finalists, Gaynstead High, sent out a very strong message to their main rivals with a 60-5 mauling of Immaculate Conception High in their first second-round game of the ISSA Urban Senior Schoolgirl Netball Competition at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday. This game, which yielded the day's highest margin of victory, also ended after the third quarter as Immaculate could not field five players - the minimum required for a match for the final quarter.
Following their Juniors big win last Thursday, and with inclement weather forcing all the senior matches to be postponed until yesterday, the Dalton Hinds-coached team was just too good for their opponent as goal shooter Amanda Pinkey and goal keeper, Latanya Wilson were too much for their opponents.
Wilson, who represented Jamaica at the Under-21 Championships in Botswana this past summer, was in great form as Gaynstead led 23-0 after the first quarter, then 45-2 at the end of the second stanza before closing out their big win.
HAPPY BUT DISAPPOINTED
Hinds was happy for the win, but was disappointed that the game had to be called off after three quarters." I am happy for the win but disappointed to see how the game ended. I would really love to have seen the game going into the fourth quarter as this would have given us the opportunity in seeing how everybody play," said Hinds, who stated that he was taking it game by game in this round.
Former champions, The Queen's School and Campion College stayed in touch with Gaynstead in the group after scoring wins yesterday. The Marvette Anderson-coached Queen's remained unbeaten this season after a 45-21 win over St Andrew Technical, while Campion scored a surprise 31-29 win over Norman Manley High.
Defending champions, Excelsior, along with 2015 champions Camperdown and the consistent St Catherine High all remained unbeaten this season after scoring wins in Group One action. Playing without three of their top players, it was still smooth sailing for Christopher Smart's Excelsior team. They led 16-2, 27-5, 36-5 before closing out 49-9 over Holy Trinity.
"The team did not perform as well as I expected, as we were playing a weak opponent. There was a lot of players today who did not play in the preliminary round and we gave them a chance to play to give a final look going forward. Latanya Stewart, Hasana Williams and team captain Crystal Crawford were all absent, and it was an opportunity for others to come to the fore, and I think we did well in defence and I'm looking forward for the remainder of the matches", said Smart.
It was a resounding win for the Phyllis Thompson-coached St Catherine High team after easily getting by Tivoli 66-24. However, there was a big scare for the Camperdown team as they had to pull out all the stops to get the better of former champions Ardenne 36-35 in a nail biter.
In another rescheduled Junior match yesterday, Norman Manley got the better of Excelsior 28-14.
The second set of matches in the round will continue tomorrow at the same venue starting at 10:30 a.m.
- Mona vs Jose Marti
- Holy Childhood vs St Catherine
- St Hugh's vs Camperdown
- Papine vs Merl Grove
- Queen's vs Excelsior
- Gaynstead vs Norman Manley
- Tivoli vs Holy Trinity
- Ardenne vs St Catherine
- Immaculate vs STATHS
- Gaynstead vs Norman Manley
- Excelsior vs Camperdown