Manchester Jrs eliminate defending netball champs
NEW champions will be crowned in this year's Rural Area Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Schoolgirl Junior Netball competition as in a quarter-final match played yesterday at Manchester High School, the home team surprised defending champions Holmwood 23-21 to book their place in next week Tuesday's semi-finals at GC Foster College.
It was sweet revenge for the Simone Smith coached Manchester team, which lost to Holmwood in a close final last year.
In yesterday's contest, it was the defending champions who led 5-3 after the first quarter and went into the half-time break with a 12-9 lead. However, with their large set of supporters cheering them on, Manchester took control in the third quarter as they outscored Holmwood 7-2 to take a 16-14 lead going into the final stanza. Both teams scored seven goals apiece in the final quarter with the home team coming out with a close two goals win.
Mission of revenge
Manchester will again be seeking revenge when they meet Glenmuir in one semi. It was the Glenmuir team that surprised Manchester some three days earlier at G.C. Foster College to take group honours. Glenmuir showed that their win over Manchester was not a fluke as they dominated Guys Hill High 34-13 in their quarter-final game.
Former champions Denbigh and May Day will meet in the other semi-final. Denbigh got the better of Porus 27-20 in their encounter, while it was a 25-18 win for May Day over St.Thomas Technical in their game.
In the seniors, defending champions Denbigh, along with many-time winners Holmwood, Anchovy and Manchester High, are all through to the semi-finals, which are also slated for next Tuesday.
Despite losing several of their top players from last year's winning team to local tertiary institutions, Denbigh showed their depth with a convincing 40-7 win over St Thomas Technical, to give the eastern-based school their second defeat of the day. It was one-way traffic all the way as Denbigh raced into a 9-0 lead after the first quarter then closed out the second quarter 19-2. They never took their feet off the pedal, holding a 33-5 lead at the end of the third quarter before cruising to the end.
Denbigh will go up against western team Anchovy, who easily got the better of Charlemont 33-20 in their quarter-final. In the other contest, Holmwood Technical easily got by Albert Town 48-11 to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Manchester High, which edged a determined Dinthill Technical 36-33.