Queen's work hard for close victory
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
DEFENDING Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) All-island and Urban Senior netball champions, The Queen's School, squeezed out a close 27-23 win over Camperdown High in their opening second round match at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.
The Marvette Anderson-coached Queen's started shakily with national Under-21 and Under-16 goal shooter, Simone Gordon, was off target they took a 9-6 lead at the first quarter. Camperdown found their rhythm in the second quarter and drew level on 11-11 at half-time.
Camperdown played poorly and had several turnovers in the third quarter, allowing Queen's to take control with a 21-15 margin.
In the fourth quarter, the Wayne Stewart-coached Camperdown fought back gallantly and could have pulled off an upset but several turnovers cost them the game.
Despite the win, Anderson was not pleased.
"Camperdown is a good team and respect to them, but my team has not gelled as yet and they were shooting poorly today and we are not there yet, but we will have to fix the shooting," she said.
"Our chance of winning the title again is just as good as any one else, but the girls will have to realise that it will not be that easy this time around and they will have to work harder," said Anderson.
Stewart said turnovers cost his team.
"Turnovers killed us today and one of our main shooters did not play due to injury and we had to make a few changes with other players. But we should have won ... players do not listen to instructions and that really cost us," said Stewart.
Meanwhile, preseason favourite St Catherine High and last year's beaten finalists, St Hugh's, scored impressive wins. St Catherine High blew away Jonathan Grant 37-17, while St Hugh's humiliated Gaynstead 45-17. In other senior games, Tarrant easily stopped Norman Manley 33-10, St Andrew squeezed by Campion College 21-18 and Holy Childhood and Convent of Marcy Academy (Alpha) drew 25-25.
Defending champions The Queen's School had the most impressive win among the juniors as they got by Camperdown 36-14. Norman Manley got by St Catherine High 31-22, Holy Childhood won 27-13 over Immaculate Conception, Campion won 18-14 over Alpha, Gaynstead beat Excelsior 21-17 and Meadowbrook turned back Jonathan Grant 33-21.