Gems win again

Barbados made it three wins out of three when they trounced Bermuda 39-13 in round one of the 2016 Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Tournament played yesterday at the Netball Stadium.

Japhia Lucas did well in the center for Barbados against Bermuda.
Japhia Lucas did well in the center for Barbados against Bermuda.

The visitors netted the first goal of the match but the Bajan Gems played with such authority to command the quarters throughout 8-4, 20-9 and 26-12 thanks to goal-shooter Tower Lorde’s 20 goals from 25 attempts, along with goal-attacks Brianna Holder’s 15 from 19 and Rashana Thorne’s four from seven.

Barbados goal-shooter Tower Lorde (with ball) and goal-attack Brianna Holder (right) led the way for Barbados. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).
Barbados goal-shooter Tower Lorde (with ball) and goal-attack Brianna Holder (right) led the way for Barbados. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).

Bermuda’s goal-attack Zekiah Lewis top scored with seven goals from 11 attempts and goal-shooter Donnauri Robinson accounted for six of her nine attempts.

Coach of the Barbados team Julie Phillips made an interesting move in the second quarter when she removed Holder as wing-attack and brought her on as goal-attack in place of Thorne. The young talented Christ Church Foundation School player did not disappoint, in fact she showed her worth and had local supporters including her mother Margaret Cutting, a top local netball coach, going wild in the stands.

Phillips explained that after playing both Grenada and Dominica two of the most aggressive teams in the competition, she found Thorne was not disciplined enough and decided to try something different bearing in mind Barbados still have a lot more games to play and therefore must have options. “We can’t wait last minute to put somebody in an unfamiliar position and Brianna came in and did what I wanted. So now we will go back to the drawing board,” Phillips said.

In other games played Grenada turned up the spice on Trinidad and Tobago who were beaten 28-17 after the scores read 6-6, 13-10 and 18-14 at the intervals. This was thanks to goal-shooter Carlene Alexander’s 28 goals from 37 attempts. Kadeemah Herbert netted 12 from 22 for the twin-island republic and goal-shooter Abigail Boswell scored five goals.

Jamaica also registered another win, defeating Dominica 32-17 after leading through the initial three quarters 11-4, 16-9 and 24-14. Denay Thomas led the way once more with 24 goals and goal-attack Zandria Cohen contributed eight. Celena Langlaise scored ten and goal-attack Kayla Telelmaque had seven.

Meanwhile St Lucia made light work of Antigua and Bermuda winning 33-14. They led 9-2, 16-9 and 28-10 after the first three periods. Goal-shooters Merkissa Theodule netted 14 and Ariel Leonard one for the St Lucians along with 16 and two respectively from goal-attacks Megan Nestor and Kiana Nelson. For Antigua goal-shooter Rayana Regis had eight and Kahtalia Valentine netted six.

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