by Morissa Lindsay
Jamaica are the new queens of the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Youth Under-16 Tournament after they won 35-21 over hosts Barbados last night at the Netball Stadium.
In front of a packed Stadium, the Reggae girls dominated the first three quarters 11-2, 20-7 and 31-12 to dethrone the Bajan Gems. They were well led by their tall goal-shoot Lori Daley who netted 24 goals from 32 attempts that included quarter scores of ten, eight, four and two. Goal-attack Zandria Cohen made 11 goals off 12 attempts with one, one, seven and two goals in the four respective quarters.
For Barbados Tower Lorde scored eight goals with one, four and three coming in the first three quarters before being replaced by Stephian Shepherd in the decisive period. Shepherd was only able to score two goals though. Brianna Holder top scored with 11 goals for Barbados with scores of one, one, two and seven over the quarters.
Barbados had the first center pass and advanced down the line to goal-attack Brianna Holder who shot the first goal of the match and Lorde followed that up to make it 2-0 to the delight of Barbadian fans, but they were silenced soon after as Jamaica advanced superbly and took the momentum away from Barbados.
At the start of the second quarter Barbados’ national colours were waving high in the stands when Lorde netted the first two goals of that period, but the Jamaicans proved too strong all around and increased the tally by 14 as the home side made three changes in the second period with Xhane Greenidge replacing Chante Moore at goal-defence, Stephian Shepherd coming on as center in place of Japhia Lucas who took over from Quantya Rudder at wing-attack.
In the third quarter Chante Moore returned to goal-defence but that did not stop the Jamaicans who were technically superior and Barbados afforded them enough room to pass the ball freely and get it to Daley who had no problems scoring. Barbados on the other hand did well to advance with the ball, but failed to communicate and get Lorde the ball when she frantically called for it.
Then in the fourth and decisive quarter Barbados once again got off to a good start scoring three goals before Jamaica resumed their dominance. A noticeable change was Shepherd replacing Lorde as goal-shoot in the final quarter, but that did not make much of a difference to the score sheet, even though one could argue that period was perhaps Barbados’ best showing during the match.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY after the game, coach of the Barbados team Julie Phillips said it was a challenge trying to keep Jamaica’s six-foot tall goal-shoot Daley under control.
“We fell down in areas and tonight we lost the game in the first quarter. Honestly to combat a six foot shooter and the tallest person on my team being in defence made it a bit challenging. But I think if we had played a bit more defence in an effort to neutralize her, it would have probably worked in our favour. But at the same time Jamaica played well and it came down to the team that wanted it more,” Phillips said.
Meanwhile the victorious Jamaican coach, Marvette Anderson said they were elated about the victory after coming into this competition with an inexperienced team.
“Not coming into the tournament last year meant that we were coming in with inexperienced players, but we were not going to lay down and play dead,” said Anderson, who added that they enjoyed silencing crowds and coming up against Barbados with home court advantage afforded them that opportunity.
St Lucia stamped their authority against Trinidad and Tobago (5-1, 18-5, 25-9) with a 31-18 victory, with goal-attack Megan Nestor scoring a game high 28 goals from 34 attempts and goal-shoot Ariel Leonard three. Goal-attack Kadeemah Herbert had 12 for the twin island republic and goal-shoot Abigail Boswell had six.
Grenada turned up the spice on Antigua and Barbuda to win that encounter in convincing fashion (10-2, 24-5, 36-5) at 47-8. Goal-shooters Carlene Alexander and Briana Durant both netted 21 goals while goal-attacks Jana Joseph had four and Jada Nelson one.
Meanwhile Dominica held on for a one-point victory over Bermuda (3-6, 10-11, 12-17) at 21-20. Goal-shoot Celena Langlaise had an almost perfect score of 20 goals from 25 attempts while goal-attack Kayla Telemaque had just one. Goal-shoot Donnauri Robinson led the way with 15 for Bermuda and goal-attack Zekiah Lewis had five.