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Queen's sweep urban titles

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM
St Andrew High's Ornella Walters (left) and The Queen's School's Khadijah Williams challenge for a rebound during the Digicel ISSA Corporate Area Under-19 netball final at the Leila Robinson Courts. Williams scored 26 goals in her school's 35-28 win. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

THE Queen's School dethroned both 2011 champions - St Hugh's and St Andrew - to win the Digicel Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Corporate Area junior and senior finals at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

Their junior team beat St Hugh's 32-29 in the first final, and in the feature game, Queen's seniors outscored the previously unbeaten St Andrew 35-28 to lift the senior crown for the first time.

The feature matchup also provided sweet revenge for coach Marvette Anderson, as while she was away on national duties with the Sunshine Girls at the Fast5 World Series, Queen's were humbled 35-19 by St Andrew.

"I am feeling very very happy. The girls worked really hard and this goes to show that hard work will be rewarded in the end. Having lost to them earlier, it showed that we were not invincible and that defeat helped them in their success as they came out more positive," said Anderson.

St Andrew's coach, Jennifer 'Shaggy' Brown, said: "I am not disappointed because God has been good to us, and it is the first we are losing since October, and the girls have come a far way, and to be in the final, it was great, and I think mission was accomplished."

Seniors seal deal

In the senior final, four quick goals from the tall and sturdy goal shooter, Titania Clarke, gave last year's winners a 5-1 lead. However, after settling down, Queen's reduced the deficit to 8-10 at the end of the first quarter. Queen's took a 17-16 half-time lead and were in front 24-21 after three quarters.

The junior final was very competitive for most of the way, with Queen's leading 11-6, 17-16 and 26-22 at the intervals.

St Hugh's coach Roy Pryce said: "Queen's played well and my team was very competitive today. We had a problem marking their tall shooter and I think my girls gave their best, but we were second best on the day."