A major upset for the 2016 Barbados Netball Association League season took place last night at the Netball Stadium when Guardian Group Pride of Villa registered a well-deserved 44-32 win over Pine Hill St Barnabas.
Villa led the first three quarters of the Division one contest 11-7, 24-13 and 34-22 and from all indications it has been five years since Villa tasted victory playing St Barnabas who were unable to handle the destruction of the Blackman sisters. Latonia, who had on the goal-shooter bib, had an almost perfect score of 30 goals from 33 attempts, while goal-attack Nadia had 14 goals from 21 attempts.
Sheniqua Thomas in her role as goal-attack for St Barnabas led the way with a total of 22 goals but no one else was able to reach double figures with goal-shooters Shekira Boxill scoring seven goals and Zakiya Kirton three.
Villa came in as the underdogs and from as early as the first quarter Boxill replaced Kirton at goal-shoot but that did not make much of a difference because Latonia a former national captain and Nadia ran circles around St Barnabas’ defenders and one of the most seasoned goalkeepers in Shonette Bruce.
Another ace for Villa was the fact that they had national starter Sabreena Smith on their side and she was fantastic at center and influenced the game for her team who were in total control. St Barnabas had a total of 55 attempts in the game compared to Villa who had 54. Thomas and company missed a lot of attempts at goal and Villa goalkeeper Faye Sealy accounted for a number of steals which they converted into goal-scoring opportunities to the delight of their fans in the stands.
This was Villa’s second game for the season. They started the season with a win against defending champions C.O. Williams Ranger.
There were other games also played at the Stadium and in division three BDF Solja Girlz defeated Phoenix Gems 32-30 with quarter scores of 6-3, 9-10, 22-16. Goal-shooter Carla Boyce had 17 goals from 19 attempts, goal-attack Keryn Clarke had 12 and Leona Harewood three. Phoenix goal-shooter Nicole Graham scored 16 off 19 attempts while goal-attacks Reena Rudder had ten goals and Marion Johnson- Hurley four respectively.
In a division four showdown Police Girls won 20-16 over WOW Shottas after scores of 9-2, 15-5, 15-11 over the first three quarters. Police goal-attack Karen Alleyne tallied 11 and goal-shooter Rashill Edwards had nine. Shottas’ goal-attacks Shanice Patterson scored ten goals and Shanice Hutson netted four with two from goal-shooter Sandra Maynard.
Unity Stars and Wolverines also featured in division four and Unity were victorious 27-19 [6-3, 14-8, 19-13]. Goal-shooter Leandra Goodman had 18 goals and goal-attack Emisha Barrow had nine while for Wolverines goal-shooters Rashida Ali scored 14 and Michelle Rogers had three goals along with two from goal-attack Shakita Tull.
Pine Hill St Barnabas’ division four team also had their way against Signage Vaixhall with a 26-11 result [7-2, 16-2, 22-7]. There were 14 goals from goal-shooter Romancia Odwin, while goal-attacks Trishan Deane had 11 and Brianna Holder, one. For Vauxhall goal-shooters Akeena Stoute scored five and Amilia Franklyn had four with two from goal-attack Delicia Murrell.