C'down, St Catherine seek spot in semi-finals
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
FOLLOWING the conclusion of matches on Monday at Leila Robinson Courts in the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association netball competition, seven teams among the juniors and seniors have booked semi-final spots for next week Wednesday.
One spot remains among the seniors where Camperdown High and St Catherine High will battle in a Group Two encounter to decide who joins defending champions The Queen's School from the group.
Queen's won their fourth game in a row on Monday after easing past the winless Jonathan Grant 38-18 to remain atop the standings on 12 points, with an outstanding game against St Andrew High. The other outstanding senior games which were rescheduled because of heavy showers last week will see Tarrant going up against Alpha, and St Hugh's facing Norman Manley.
With nine points each, Camperdown and St Catherine, which both lost to Queen's, face a must-win situation. Both teams picked up good wins on Monday to go into tomorrow's encounter with some confidence. Camperdown were 32-17 winners over St Andrew High, while St Catherine High beat Campion College 40-18. The winner will meet St Hugh's High in the semi-final.
St Hugh's lead Group One on 12 points, with one game remaining, after Monday's 36-29 win over previously unbeaten Holy Childhood, who completed their fixtures with 10 points to finish second in the group. They will meet Queen's in the semi-finals. Other matches played in the group on Monday saw Alpha easing past Norman Manley 30-25 and Tarrant scoring a 21-14 win over Gaynstead High.
Among the juniors, defending champions Queen's wrapped up their fifth successive win in Group Two, blowing away Jonathan Grant 40-11 and will now meet first time semi-finalists Gaynstead High, who finished second in their group after a 20-16 win over St Catherine, to finish on 13 points. Norman Manley, who defeated Immaculate 42-10 on Monday, also finished with 13 points, but topped the group with a better goal average. They will meet Meadowbrook in the other semi-final. Meadowbrook had a 28-18 win over Campion College to finish as runners-up in their group.
Meanwhile, in rural competition, Open Rally junior and senior winners, Manchester High, will be gunning for semi-final places at G.C. Foster College, when action get under way today at four venues this morning.
After toppling St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 47-16 a week ago to top Group One, Manchester team will take on Yallahs High at 10:30 a.m. Yallahs defeated Marymount 18-14.
In other junior matches, defending champions Denbigh, who demolished Holmwood Technical 51-16, will go up against STETHS at Manchester High, Bellefield will meet Anchovy at STETHS and Bishop Gibson, who defeated Hampton 28-16, will meet Titchfield, who stopped St Mary's High 30-9, at G.C. Foster College.
In senior competition, Man-chester High face defending champions Holmwood Technical at G.C. Foster, Denbigh will face STETHS at Manchester High, Knox College will meet May Day at Manchester High and Herbert Morrison will meet Glenmuir High at STETHS.