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Young netballers march on
published: Thursday | April 10, 2008

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

JAMAICA COASTED to their fourth consecutive victory and Trinidad and Tobago matched them with another fine win as the Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) Under-16 tournament continued on Tuesday evening.

Six-time champions Jamaica knocked off St Lucia 46-12 while T&T also moved to a 4-0 record when they thumped ex-champions Barbados 32-22 at the YMCA Sports Complex.

The extremely tall Marvadean Anderson logged 29 goals for Jamaica's young Sunshine Girls as the St Lucians slid to their second loss for the day.

Listed as 6-feet-9-inches, Anderson has been unstoppable in the tournament so far.

Already beaten 56-22 in the morning session by Trinidad and Tobago, the St Lucians found Jamaica too strong and again went down by 34 goals.

Overwhelming wins

The Jamaicans have lost only once - to Barbados in 2005 - in the eight-year history of the tournament and are on course to retain their title following overwhelming wins this week over Dominica (38-10), Grenada (53-12) and hosts Antigua and Barbuda (45-6) before Tuesday night's demolition of St Lucia.

T&T, aiming for their first CNA U16 title success, easily knocked off Barbados to remain the biggest threat to Jamaica's championship bid.

Samantha Wallace (24-29) led the T&T scoring, while Shannon Jackett netted 17 of 27 for the Barbadians, who were slipping to their second defeat in four games. St Vincent and the Grenadines had beaten them in the second round.

T&T's scoring record is slightly less impressive than the Jamaicans.

But the clash between Jamaica and T&T tonight is likely to decide the championship, and the Jamaica manager Dora Ricketts is bracing for a tough match.

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