Queen’s College’s competitiveness and all-round dominance throughout the Barbados Secondary Schools Netball League have earned them a place in the Under-13 final against Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS).
Thursday afternoon against Coleridge and Parry, the girls from Husbands, St James were exceptional during the two ten-minute halves which saw them come out on top by a whopping 16 goals at 19-3. They led 13-1 after the first period.
Queen’s College were runners up last year to Springer Memorial who were dethroned by Coleridge and Parry during their quarterfinal this past Tuesday.
Goal-shooter Rheann Gill produced a perfect score of 12 goals from 12 attempts while both goal-attacks Leann Leacock scored four goals from nine attempts and Dominique Blenman had three goals from her eight attempts.
Coleridge and Parry’s defenders had no response to the constant pressure imposed on them by the opposition who made passes and execution inside the semicircle look so very easy. The errors were frequent and costly for Coleridge and Parry. They often forced their offensive play instead of being patient, looking to make accurate passes and properly timing their attempts at defensive stops.As a result they often went for spells without getting a proper look at the basket.
Goal-shooter Shamika Watson and goal-attacks Amanda Edwards and Rochea Williams all accounted for one goal each for Coleridge and Parry.
Foundation won their game but had much resistance from The Lodge School who they defeated 13-6 to advance but will definitely need to brush up come next week if they are to give the strong Queen’s College team a run for their money. Foundation led 6-3 at the end of the first period.
During the second half, The Lodge School were down by three goals (3-6) and tried to close the gap through substitute goal-shooter Sumara Benn. They scored an additional goal but Foundation responded rather quickly through goal-shooter Serena Edwards.
The girls from Church Hill netted a total of seven goals in this period, all of which came off the fingertips of Edwards while The Lodge girls could only manage a mere three goals.
Edwards finished the game with 12 goals from 17 attempts and goal-attack Larisa Gill had one off one.
Meanwhile for Lodge goal-shooter Mari Greenidge accounted for three goals from five attempts and Benn who had switched from goalkeeper to take on the goal-shooter role netted two from three and goal-attack Desalene Callender had one.
In addition to the two Under-13 matches played Thursday afternoon, the Under-15 quarterfinals were also contested and defending champions Foundation came from behind for a 25-20 (5-5, 8-11, 18-15) win over Alleyne School.
Queen’s College also made an impact in the Under-15 competition securing a semifinal spot. They defeated St Michael School who put up a good fight but were unable to stop the college ladies who were strong on both offence and defence and came out on top 27-21 (8-8, 15-13, 20-16).
Meanwhile Springer Memorial got the better of Coleridge and Parry 29-23 (8-5, 12-13, 21-16) to book their semifinal spot.
The Under-13 final will take place next week Tuesday June 20 but prior to that the Under-15 semifinals will be played.