Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Gaynstead, Denbigh seek double in ISSA netball

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

GAYNSTEAD High and Denbigh High will be seeking the double when the finals of the ISSA schoolgirls netball competition for urban and rural teams take place at the Leila Robinson Courts today.

Both schools will be contesting the junior and senior finals for the urban and rural areas, respectively. Competition will get under way at 10:30 a.m. with third-place play-off matches.

After seeing his senior team win the urban title in his first year at the helm, Excelsior's coach, Christopher Smart, is very confident as he goes up against Gaynstead for the second year in a row.

 

READY FOR CHALLENGE

 

"First, I must say I am glad we are back again in the final to defend our title. Gaynstead have been good all season, but teams look good based on the opposition they are facing. Excelsior are a quality team and we are ready for the challenge," Smart said.

Except for their final second-round match, where they were held to a 32-32 tie by Queen's, it has been smooth sailing for Gaynstead all season.

Manager Derrick "Pastor" Brown believes that his team can go all the way this time around.

"The likes of goal attack Astia Brooks, goal shooter Amanda Pinkney, and goal keeper Latanya Wilson have been brilliant all season," Brown said.

Denbigh's seniors have played well this season, and coach Christine Bartley is looking forward to a big test from a strong Holmwood team.

"It will be a very tough game because I know they will be coming to try and dethrone us, but we will do our best on the day, and hopefully, we will be successful," said Bartley.

Coach Carlene Graham-Powell of Holmwood is also very confident.

"We always love to be in a final, and we are ready for the challenge," said Graham Powell.

 

Today's finals

 

- 1 p.m.: Rural juniors: Denbigh vs Manchester

- 2 p.m.: Urban juniors: St Catherine vs Gaynstead

- 3 p.m.: Rural Seniors: Holmwood vs Denbigh

- 4 p.m.: Urban seniors: Excelsior vs Gaynstead