J'can teams on course to meet in final of AFNA netball tournament

Friday, July 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — With the first round of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Champion of Champions High School Netball Tournament completed at the Leila Robinson Netball Courts in Kingston Jamaica on Thursday, it
appears that the two Jamaican high schools involved in the tournament could possibly meet in the final.

Both Holmwood Technical and Excelsior High have been dominant forces in the inaugural tournament with Holmwood winning four of four and Excelsior winning three of three to surge to the top of Pool A and Pool B

Holmwood had seen off the challenges of Christ Church Foundation of Barbados, Dominica State College and the highly touted Scarborough Secondary of Trinidad and Tobago with ease before another comprehensive
41-15 win over Micoud Secondary of St Lucia on Thursday helped them complete their first round in style.

Shadine Bartley has so far scored 99 goals with an accuracy of over 70 per cent which has certainly lifted the team from Christiana in Manchester.

The soft spoken Holmwood coach, Carline Graham-Powell is taking it one game at a time but is certainly desirous of winning the trophy on Saturday.

Over in Pool B, Excelsior has been ruthless, getting better with each performance on the back of excellent performances from the tournament's two top shooters, Racoya Douglas and Hasana Williams. Douglas has scored 85 goals from 125 attempts for a 68 per cent conversion rate while Williams has had 64 goals from 95 attempts for a 67.37 per cent conversion rate.

The Excelsior High captain Crystal Douglas has been a beast in midcourt as the Christopher Smart coached team has thrown down the gauntlet in no uncertain manner. Smart is on record as saying that his captain is determined to win the championship and from the evidence so far, the team from Mountain View Avenue will be hard to deny.

The other semifinalists were also decided on Thursday when Springer Memorial defeated Anglican High 32-28. The game was always close between the two with Springer leading 9-7 at the end of the first quarter and 17-13
at half time. Springer opened up at gap at the end of the third quarter with the scores reading 26-19 but Anglican refused to quit fighting valiantly before running out of time in the end to lose by four goals.

The impressive Christ Church destroyed Scarborough 40-20 to advance to the final four. Christ Church were up seven goals before Scarborough scored their first and they ended the first quarter leading 12-1. The 18-7 half
time lead was comfortable and that was extended at the end of the third at
26-14. Chiara Chase and Brianna Holder then eased their team to an impressive win as they dropped in another 14 goals compared to their opponents final quarter tally of six.

Holmwood Technical will face Springer Memorial in the first semifinal starting at 3:00 pm today while Excelsior will go up again the dangerous Christ Church Foundation in the second semifinal at 5:00 pm. The third place playoff and final will be played at the same venue on Saturday starting at 3:00 pm. The closing ceremony will follow right after.

Dwayne Richards

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