New netball queens
Foundation champions of secondary schools league
Christ Church Foundation are the 2015 queens of the Barbados Secondary Schools Netball League.
This afternoon at the Netball Stadium they came from behind 6-2, 10-7 and 15-14 to take the game away from Springer Memorial 22-18 in the fourth and decisive quarter thanks to a contribution of nine goals from nine attempts from Most Valuable Player of the League, goal-shoot Stephian Shepherd. Fellow goal-shoot Chiara Chase contributed five from seven and goal-attack Brianna Holder netted eight goals from 15 attempts.
Head coach for Foundation Sandrene Jordan told Barbados TODAY her girls were hungry for success especially against Springer Memorial and they were very happy with how the finals went.
“I spoke to them and told them it is a final and the games we had won during the preliminary round, it is different when you get to this stage and if they want it they have to play to get it because Springer is not going to let go that easily. And just as I said they came out on the court played the game and came out victorious,” Jordan said.
Jordan, who has over 20 years experience under her belt in netball, said the victory was a build-up from the semi-final round when they edged 2014 champions Queen’s College 15-14 in the semi-final round and then came into the finals and stunned Springer who seemed to have had the game under control with some good passing from defenders Rhnea Gaskin who played wing-defence and Tricia Phillips, goal-defence. Those two in particular took the attack to Foundation in the first two quarters.
Springer Memorial goal-attack Rashana Quintyne netted 14 goals from 15 attempts and goal-shoot Rashida Quintyne had four goals from four attempts.
Foundation were down by just one goal, 15-14, going into the final quarter and made a few changes. Leilani Haddock was moved from wing-attack to center and looked very comfortable in that role and Chiara Chase was moved from wing-attack to goal-shoot.
Clearly those changes worked in Foundation’s favour and they were able to shut down Springer and lock the scorers 15-15 and then take the lead by two points. From there Springer, who missed a few chances that they should have scored, allowed Foundation to gain too many possessions and that spelt the beginning of the end.
Coleridge and Parry finished third when they defeated Queen’s College 22-20 in the third-place play-off.