Fresh from leading Pine Hill St. Barnabas to victory over Spooners Hill in the senior knockout final on Saturday, Laurel Browne dumped 45 goals on Phoenix Gems to take her team to an easy 54-35 victory as action continued in the Barbados Netball Association’s† Division 1 competition last night at the Netball Stadium.
Browne is an imposing figure at goal and the Gems had no goal-keep who could offer her much challenge and though she missed nine of her attempts on goal, Browne was in irresistible touch. She was ably assisted by veteran player Julie Phillips who netted nine goals from her 13 attempts.†Gems have a decent unit but were simply outplayed both on the offensive and defensive end. A number of timely interceptions and some errant passes meant that Gems’ goal shoot and goal attack did not always get the service to mount a serious challenge on the dominance of St. Barnabas.
For Gems, Shonica Wharton had 25 goals from 32 attempts, Tonisha Rock-Yaw had five goals from eight attempts and Shannon Hackett missed only one of her six attempts at goal.†The first quarter of the game was a close affair with both teams basically exchanging goals to end the period at 11-11. But then St. Barnabas, or more precisely, Browne, stepped up the intensity.†By the end of the second quarter the score read 26-17 with the Gems ladies managing a mere six goals.†The end of the third quarter saw St Barnabas extend their advantage even further to 40-26 and they never took their foot off the gas in the final quarter.
In another game played last night St. Barnabas’ Division 3 team fell to Newbury 32-29 in a close match-up. Sonia Banfield had an outstanding game scoring 26 goals from 29 attempts but still ended on the losing side.
For the winners, Beverley Marsh had 17 goals from 25 attempts while Janelle Brathwaite had 15 goals from 21 attempts.†In other action C.O. Williams Rangers beat Almond Lions 28-22 in Division 6 action; Shottas United defeated Brydens Anchor 37-34 in Division 5; Structural Systems Silver Raiders beat Friendship Stars 33-23; and Unity Stars outgunned Barbados Lumber Company UAC 33-21.††