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Jamaica seek hat-trick

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Favourites and defending champions, Jamaica, will be seeking their third consecutive victory in the Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) Jean Pierre Under-16 tournament in Barbados today, when they oppose archrivals Trinidad and Tobago, starting at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Jamaica time).

In the day's other games, St Lucia tackle Grenada, Guyana oppose Cayman Islands, Dominica await St Vincent and the Grenadines and Bermuda challenge St Kitts.

The Jamaicans are still beaming with confidence following their impressive start in the competition, which saw them recording convincing victories over Dominica and Grenada, respectively.

Cora Ricketts, manager of the junior Sunshine Girls, said that despite being confident they won't be taking their opponents lightly.

"We plan to do more of the same that we have done so far because this is a very crucial match for us and we have to make sure that we go out and play hard to win it," said Ricketts.

"The girls are very confident they can win because they have been playing well in this tournament so far and once they execute our game plan, then we should come out on top."

Ricketts added: "I believe that they (Trinidad) are one of the top teams in the competition, but I think that as it (championships) goes on, we will be playing against the stronger teams. But we have prepared them (players) mentally and physically for these tough games."

On Monday, the defending champions, who dismissed Dominica in similar nonchalant fashion on Sunday, romped to a 40-13 in condemning the Spice Girls to their third straight loss.

Jamaica were joined in winners' row by hosts Barbados, who reeled off their third straight triumph with a 43-18 whipping of St Vincent and the Grenadines, while Trinidad and Tobago opened their campaign with similarly uncomplicated 36-16 dismissal of Dominica.

In the two other matches played, St Kitts drew 29-29 with Guyana, while Bermuda sent Cayman Islands tumbling to their second loss with a 24-18 verdict.

The Young Sunshine girls, however, took centre stage as they sent yet another strong signal of their imposing form. They were led by Pennant, who got 17 goals from 19 attempts, while Vanessa Jones got 14 from 15 attempts.