Confident Harwood tops shoot-out
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
In a contest for bragging rights and which perhaps also hinted at things to come, Jamaica's Thristina Harwood outscored Barbados' Shannon Hackett by two goals, to capture the individual shooting competition at the Jean Pierre Under-16 tournament here on Tuesday.
Harwood missed just one shot as she netted 30 of her 31 attempts, while Hackett scored 28 of 33 at the Netball Stadium outdoor courts.
With both Jamaica and Barbados unbeaten in the tournament and heading for a showdown on the final day on Saturday, the shoot-out could have served as a morale booster.
"We expect to retain our overall title," an upbeat Harwood said after her triumph.
"We have trained hard and we are focused on our goal of being successful."
Jamaica are defending champions after winning the youth title in front their home crowd last year while Barbados finished second.
The competition on Tuesday proved to be a keenly contested affair where Hackett had edged the Sunshine Girl in the round robin segment, shooting 60 from 71 to be fractionally better than the Jamaican's 60 from 72.
Trinidad and Tobago's Kalifa McCollin was third in the shoot out, while her counterpart Samantha Wallace finished fourth.
The tournament, which had a break in action on Tuesday, restarts in earnest on Wednesday evening when Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago go head to head.