Bajans suffer heavy loss to tough Aussies

Tonisha Rock-Yaw is almost dwarfed by the Aussie player while team-mate Shanice Rock (right) looks on.
Tonisha Rock-Yaw is almost dwarfed by the Aussie player while team-mate Shanice Rock (right) looks on.

GLASGOW – Barbados suffered their second heavy defeat in two days when they were thrashed 79-14 by title favourites Australia on Day 7 of the World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland this afternoon.

The taller, sturdier Australians took control of the game from the opening whistle against a game but out-matched Bajan starting unit and rushed into an early lead which by the end of the quarter was 17-2.

A combination of swarming defence and accurate shooting placed early pressure on Barbados who simply could not get their game going on either end of the court, offensively especially. Right from the first centre pass it seemed as there was no structure to Barbados’ play. The easy pass option went unnoticed as they tried to force the long ball which was easily picked up by the bigger Australians.

Barbados’ shooting wasn’t on form either with a 54 per cent accuracy average for the game, meaning precious chances were missed. The short shots were snatched by Australia giving them more opportunities to extend their lead.

Australia now move on to the semi finals.

After the game Barbados captain Rieah Holder told reporters that though losing was “not a good feeling”, the Barbados team had tried their best and she was proud of their effort. She said her team had concentrated on low passes and had made a concerted effort not to force the ball into the circle. She added though Barbados had not played at “one hundred per cent”. Holder stated she hoped her team could place either seventh or eighth in the prestigious competition.

Australia coach Carol Byers expressed pleasure with the performance of her girls and had high expectations for the culmination of the tournament.

“We’re defiantly ready. I’m really happy with how they’ve gone this week and now it’s time – we really need to work hard tomorrow.”

Barbados' Shanice Wharton (right) and Shanice Rock (left) watch as Australia score another goal.
Barbados’ Shanice Wharton (right) and Shanice Rock (left) watch as Australia score another goal.

Caribbean queens Jamaica beat Trinidad and Tobago 64-32 and are also through to the semi-finals where they will face New Zealand. Despite their dominance over their regional neighbours Jamaica still played a somewhat patchy game.

Jamaica led 4-0 at the start but initially allowed Trinidad and Tobago back into the game. Jamaica captain Vangelee Williams was keen to keep improving.

“We had a lot of turnovers so we need to fix that. We can’t wait for tomorrow and to show the world what we are about,” she said.

Trinidad were pleased to make an improved performance though their captain Amanda Cameron acknowledged it was a tough encounter.

“That was one of our best games against Jamaica. It was well fought, we just didn’t come out on top today,” she said.

They shot a near perfect game throughout the sixty minutes, but Jamaica’s mid-court unit disrupted many passes they did have, so the shooters were starved to only 35 attempts.

Marvette Anderson, Jamaica’s assistant coach said her girls did reasonably well .

“They had a few little rough patches here and there but nothing that we can’t fix for the semi finals. We know it’s going to be tough be we are ready enough for the challenge,” Anderson said.

Meanwhile Cayman Islands took their first win of the competition, beating the Republic Of Ireland 62-26.

The Caribbean side won the first quarter 14 goals to 7, with some excellent shooting from Aaliyah Webb, and goal attack Rosemarie Wilson looked confident and determined as she intercepted the ball and helped Webb to score.

Cayman tripled Ireland’s tally in the second quarter stopping Ireland from getting the ball to their attacking circle.  The half-time whistle blew and Cayman had extended their lead to 18 goals, and they went on to stretch that further in the second half of the game.

Cayman coach Gillian Lee was happy her side were finally able to dictate a game to their liking.

“It was well deserved by the girls. They’ve worked hard all week despite the scores not showing it. They’ve had a tough gig against Jamaica and Wales, so I was really pleased that they could then start putting their game together at their standard,” she said.

Samoa pulled off a 60-40 victory against Bermuda in a physical game from both sides.

With equal height match-ups throughout the court there wasn’t any easy way for the teams to get past each other, resulting in highly contested possessions. However, it was shooting at both ends that let them down. In Bermuda’s case it was particularly detrimental with a 69 per cent accuracy average, dropping to as low as 56 per cent at times.

Yet Bermuda made a last ditch attempt in the third quarter, winning it 15-11, but it wasn’t enough and they had to settle for defeat.


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