JISA/Tastee netball competition gets cracking with one-day rally

Friday, October 19, 2018

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The JISA/Tastee National Prep Schools Under-12 Netball competition got underway with a one-day rally at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

Twenty-six schools, including defending champions Quest Prep, are participating in this year's league competition which begins on Tuesday.

The participating teams are divided into four zones from which the top two will advance to the quarter-final round.

Trudy Hardy, president of the JISA Sports Committee, said: “Sports is the medium that unites our nation and fosters values such as team spirit, fair play, comradery and discipline.

“This event could not take place without our sponsors Tastee and our capable hard working sports committee.”

Marketing officer at Tastee Alessandro Boyd said his company was delighted to continue to the relationship with JISA, which allowed them to continue to play their part in nation building.

“We at Tastee Limited are proud to be associated with JISA and this long-standing, successful legacy of prep school netball championships, which has been the engine for the development and exposure of many young athletes today. It has spawned so many of our Jamaican world-renowned participants of which we are all proud,” he noted.

President of Netball Jamaica Dr Paula Daley-Morris urged the girls to appreciate the privilege afforded to them.

“I began playing the game at age 12 because when I was your age, there was no organised competition for me to play in,” she said.

“Take full advantage of the opportunity presented to you and always give of your best on the court for your team and your school,” Daley-Morris urged.

The Netball Jamaica boss also donated 30 size three netballs to JISA to ensure that the girls were playing with a ball suitable for their age and stage of development.

On the court, former champions Hydel eclipsed defending league champions Quest 2-1 in the final of the rally. On the way to the final, Hydel had turned back Ardenne 2-1 in their semi-final, while Quest had defeated Bright Beginnings 4-1. Bright beginnings edged Ardenne 3-2 in the third-place playoff.

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