Glenmuir, St Catherine capture ISSA under-19 netball titles
Glenmuir High and St Catherine High ruled supreme in the ISSA rural and urban schoolgirls netball finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre yesterday after pulling off wins over Manchester High and Gaynstead High, respectively, to win their first senior netball titles
Playing in their first-ever rural under-19 final, Glenmuir led from start to finish with scores of 11-8, 18-7, 27-25, and 39-35. Glenmuir’s very tall players dominated the much shorter Manchester High players, and goal shooter Shanai Martin was in top form, scoring 29 goals from 34 attempts. She was assisted by goal attack Nickeisha Powell with 10 from 14. Goal keeper Fentonian Henry was named most valuable player of the match.
Goal shooter Tori Mendez with 25 goals from 43 attempts top-scored for Manchester.
Ryon Reid, the coach of Glenmuir, was a very happy man at the end of the game.
“I am extremely elated as this is my first under-19 title as a coach after winning at the under-14 and under-16 levels in the past,” he said. Reid added that his players were determined to claim the win after seeing the under-16 team lose narrowly to Holmwood Technical.
“The girls were determined to go for the win after the juniors lost and they were really pumped up and motivated. They also wanted to win for Annette Daley, mentor and part of the coaching staff who recently had a death in her family. We did this also for the parish of Clarendon and for the Glenmuir fraternity, led by our Principal, Dr Marsha Smalling, who has supported the programme 100 per cent,” said Reid.
New champions were also crowned in the urban area as defending champions Gaynstead suffered their first defeat of the season.
Despite a gallant fourth quarter from the defending champions, who were down by six goals in the third quarter, St Catherine held on for a 26-23 win. Goal keeper Kaydeen Gordon was named most valuable player for St Catherine as goal shooter Kellian Hunter top-scored with 22 from 28, and goal attack Kayla Wright had four from five.
St Catherine’s coach Phyllis Thompson was on cloud nine after her team’s first success.
WORKING VERY HARD
“I am feeling very elated. We have been working on this for years, and finally, we have done it. We have been working very hard all summer, and the girls were confident that they could have done it,” Thompson said.
Earlier, Holmwood won the rural junior title and St Hugh’s High were crowned urban junior champions.
In a very close encounter for the rural title favourites Holmwood had to dig deep to clip Glenmuir 31-30. There were no problems for St Hugh’s, however, as they easily defeated the previously unbeaten Immaculate Conception High 31-22.
Goal attack Jada Ricketts scored 13 goals from 16 attempts and goal shooter Rasheda Brown ended with 18 from 23 for rural under 16 winners Holmwood.
In the urban under 16 final goal attack Kherina Pecco scored 18 goals from 21 attempts and goal shooter Sabina Lumley 13 from 15 for St Hugh’s.