Springer, Graydon Sealy showdown
Graydon Sealy and Springer Memorial will contest the final of the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Netball League after easy semi-final victories yesterday at the Netball Stadium.
Combermere needed to improve on their shooting percentages which, though they defeated Queen’s College in their quarter-final match-up, were woefully below par. They didn’t and suffered the consequences, going down 40-17 in a one-sided encounter.
Not only did the former Garrison School out-shoot the Waterford, St. Michael girls, they played some outstanding defence that limited the offensive opportunities of the principal goal-shoot and goal-attack for Combermere. Several passes from Combermere went awry and there were a number of athletic interceptions from the Graydon Sealy girls.
Graydon Sealy led 11-6, 23-9 and 32-12 after three quarters and had Shonica Wharton to thank for most of their offensive efforts. Wharton sank 33 goals from 43 attempts, while Nikita President had seven goals from 13 attempts. They might have missed a number of goal attempts but they constantly got service from their team-mates, a luxury which Combermere’s attack unit did not enjoy from their cohorts on court.
Donika Payne had six goals from 13 attempts and Sheniqua Thomas a perfect 11 goals from 11 attempts. It is only conjecture what might have resulted if Payne, and Thomas especially, had received the ball in offensive positions more frequently than they did.
In the second semi-final clash, traditional powerhouses Springer Memorial disposed of Foundation 28-14, after leading 9-1, 12-8 and 22-12 after three quarters.
Goal-shoot Shakeillia Smith led Springer Memorial’s offence with 16 goals from 25 attempts, while Zakiya Kirton had six goals from seven tries and Khadija Domingo netted six goals from 10 attempts. For Foundation, Sasha Bryan had nine goals from her 14 attempts, while Tyeisha Warner had four goals from seven attempts and Cherisse Douglas scored one of her five attempts.
The final will be contested tomorrow at the Netball Stadium at 3.15 p.m.