Talk about a thriller.
Netball fans were treated to a seesaw battle between Simply Distinctive Fantasy Ballers and Structural Systems Silver Raiders that ended in a 40-37 victory for Silver Raiders as Division 2 action continued last night at the Netball Stadium.
It was an engrossing contest that was basically decided in the third quarter after both teams hardly gave each other breathing space for the first two quarters.
After the first quarter the scores were locked at 11 with Fantasy Ballers’ goal attack Tanya Straker and Silver Raiders’ Faye Shepherd leading their team’s respective offence. A few missed goal attempts by both would prove crucial in the latter stages of the game.
Silver Raiders’ attack had the advantage of better service with passes frequently finding the intended targets of Shepherd and Amory King. However at the end of the second quarter Fantasy Ballers had a slight 21-20 lead, thanks not only to Straker but also to accuracy of goal-shoot Tameisha Boyce-Forde.
Then, surprisingly, Fantasy Ballers went into decline. Goals from distances they were making previously now started to miss their mark while Silver Raiders stepped up their intensity. Fantasy Ballers managed†a mere 7 goals in the third period while Shepherd and King combined to score 13 goals as Silver Raiders ended the third quarter with a healthy 33-28 cushion.
But almost on cue, Fantasy Ballers upped their play, challenged every offensive attempt by Silver Raiders and tried to reduce the relatively significant deficit. However, they were not able to get sufficient stops on Silver Raiders and though they outscored Silver Raiders 9 goals to 7 in the final quarter, the effort was not enough.
For the winners Shepherd had 23 goals from 37 attempts but will want to work harder on that shooting percentage, while King netted 17 goals from 22 attempts.
For Fantasy Ballers, Straker had 25 goals from 36 attempts but she also should be seeking to improve on her shooting percentages. Boyce-Forde had 12 goals from 16 attempts.
In other matches, in Division 6, Shottas United defeated Bagatelle 26-18. For the winners Shanice Jackman had 19 goals from 28 attempts while Katrina Fergusson chipped in with 7 from 19 attempts. For Bagatelle, Kira Smith had 13 goals from 16 attempts while Carolyn Holloway was a perfect 5 from 5.
In another Division 6 encounter CO Williams thrashed Friendship Stars 28-10. Rangers’ Nikita Davis sizzled with 26 goals from 29 attempts, while team-mate Khadija Wright scored 2 from 5 tries.
Kadisha Parris (5 from 11) and Erica Gibson (5 from 8) scored for the Stars.In further Division 6 action, Flashback United beat Bico Delight 23-17. For Flashback United Mary Remise had 17 goals from 25 attempts while Juan Lewis had 6 from 12. For Bico Delight, Katrina Small had 10 goals from 13 attempts. Her team-mate Lea Maynard had 7 goals but from a whopping 22 attempts and that below-par shooting percentage didn’t help Bico Delight’s cause. Flashback led throughout the quarters, 8-2, 14-6, 20-10 and 23-17.
In Division 3, Signia Light & Power Titans defeated Barbados Lumber Co. UAC 29-21. Scorers for the winners were Talya Layne (14/19) and Therese Clarke (15/21). For UAC Tabitha Chapman had 16 goals from 21 attempts, Vanessa Springer scored 3 from 5 attempts and Kelly Harewood, 2 from 5.
In another Division 3 encounter, Esso Police Sports Club put the shackles on Bico Delight, easily winning 26-13. However, Bico Delight, percentage wise, were the better shooting team but their attackers got little service and had a very low overall 19 attempts at goal.
Conversely, Police Sports Club got the win by virtue of volume of attempts, taking a game-high 51 attempts while scoring only 26 goals.
Scoring for Police Sports Club were Heather Belle (21/32), Karen Alleyne (4/15) and Olga Auguste (1/4).
Scoring for Bico Delight were Juan Walrond (10/14), Cheryl Steele (2/4) and Shonise Kirton (1/1). (WG)††