Barbados’ netball juniors rolled steadily along with another crushing victory over their opponents this morning at the Netball Stadium.
This time it was the young ladies of Antigua and Barbuda who felt the might of the defending champions, as they were defeated 43-16 in the ongoing Under-16 Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Tournament. Lanky goal-shooter Tower Lorde led the Bajan Gems’ charge with 33 goals from 43 attempts.
When the two sides faced off today it was quickly and palpably noticed that this was destined to be a one-sided affair. The home girls looked positive with their execution of passes and were able to take multiple ball possessions away from the Antiguans who had to work very hard for each goal they scored. Predictably, the Gems led at the end of the first three quarters 17-7, 30-10 and 36-13.
Lorde got off to an excellent start as she netted 16 goals in the first quarter with minimal defensive discomfort from the Antiguans. She went on to net 11 goals in the second period, and three goals each in the third and fourth quarters. She has been outstanding from the start of the competition.
Rashana Thorne started the game as goal-attack and accounted for just two goals from four attempts. Brianna Holder who seems to work well with Lorde came on in the second period and was spot on with eight goals from ten attempts.
Antigua goal-shooter Rayana Regis had 14 goals from 20 attempts that included six in the first quarter, three in the second, two in the third and three in the final quarter. Goal-attack Kahtalia Valentine was only able to manage one goal against the tough Barbados defence led by goal-defence Chante Moore, wing-defence Rhenea Gaskin and goal-keeper Xhane Greenidge. Greenidge was taken out of that post and moved to goal-defence while Sheridan Straughan, a regular keeper for Barbados, took over from Greenidge in the second quarter.
Barbados have so far played five games unbeaten along with Jamaica and should they be victorious tonight against St Lucia then it will be victory number six heading into tomorrow’s decisive round-robin match against the Sunshine girls starting at 7 p.m.
The Jamaicans were also in action this morning and had no problems trouncing Bermuda 39-9. They led after the first three quarters, 9-1, 23-6, 30-7. Goal-shooter Denay Thomas sent a decided warning to the Bajan Gems and their supporters with a spectacular shooting display where she had a perfect 22 goals from 22 attempts. Goal-shoot Lori Daley had four from six, while goal-attacks Zandria Cohen was also excellent with 12 goals from 12 attempts and Felicia Smith, a solitary goal. No one from Bermuda was able to reach double figures with goal-shooters Donnauri Robinson netting five, InShaNae Smith two and goal-attack Zekiah Lewis, two.
Trinidad and Tobago were unable to handle the young ladies from Dominica who won 40-9 after leading 6-3, 16-5, 26-7 after the three initial periods. The victory was thanks to a brilliant display of goal-shooting from Celena Langlaise who had 32 goals from 34 attempts and goal-attack Kayla Telemaque who netted eight goals. Kayshana Duncan worked hard for her team but was only able to score seven goals while goal-attack Kadeemah Herbert had two goals.
Tomorrow the tournament could be decided by the eagerly anticipated clash between the Gems and regional netball’s northern giants.