Graydon Sealy are the queens of the Powerade-sponsored Secondary Schools Under-19 Netball Championship.
Yesterday evening in a thrilling encounter at the Netball Stadium, the Paddock Road, St. Michael school took bragging rights with a hard-fought 32-27 win over a game Springer Memorial team.
Easily the best two teams on show during the competition, the game lived up to expectations with Graydon Sealy’s sharp-shooting Nikita President proving the decisive difference between the two units.
Both teams played an intense game, challenging passes and contesting shots on both ends of the court. It was basically a case of exchanging goals for long period in the encounter with both teams guilty of missing some easy goals. That is, everyone except President. She missed just one goal of the 17 attempts she made and each time Springer attempted to make a run she was there to dampen their momentum. Such was the closeness of the game that the goal difference between the teams was basically in single digits throughout. There was one period in the fourth quarter where Graydon Sealy opened up an eight- goal advantage at 29-21 but Springer came roaring back even if they were only able to narrow the gap and not overhaul it.
The outstanding shooter of the tournament, Shakeillia Smith, led Springer’s goal hunt but missed seven of her 25 attempts at goal. It did not help that her shooting partner Khadija Domingo also had an average shooting percentage on the big occasion, going for seven goals from 13 attempts. Zakiya Kirton chipped in with two goals from three attempts.
In addition to President, Shonica Wharton netted 16 goals from 25 attempts. The victory marked a hat-trick of wins for Graydon Sealy and more heartbreak for the Government Hill, St. Michael girls.
In a clash between the two losing semi-finalists, Combermere defeated Foundation 26-14.