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Swift leads UTT to All Sectors repeat
Goalshoot Daystar Swift ended off just as she started the season with a match winning performance to lead UTT to a convincing 41-27 thrashing of Police and with it a successful defence of their Premiership Division crown in the Courts All Sectors Netball League at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua on Saturday night.
Going into the final match in the division, UTT, coming off a loss to Fire Service, its first of the season needed a win or a draw to be certain of the title after the Firewomen pounded a hapless Defence Force 51-14 in the earlier encounter to draw level at the top of the table with eight points each.
However, from early on it was evident UTT meant business with Swift and goalattack Jillisa Allan at the helm of its offense, but at the other end, Gursher Grant and national player Joelisa Cooper was also enjoying a good start as both teams ended the first period locked at 9-9.
The second quarter was also a close contest with UTT sneaking ahead 17-16 before pulling away in the third quarter 27-20 after which it never looked back.
In the end, Swift tallied 31 goals from 39 attempts while Allan added ten from 19 attempts to repel Cooper’s 12 from 19, Grant with ten from 14 and Kalifa Mc Collin’s, five from ten attempts. With the victory, UTT ended with ten points and joined its Alternative Division team-mates and League champions.
Meanwhile, Bermudez stayed on course to be crowned new Championship Division winners after holding of Jabloteh 39-33 to push its points tally to 14 from eight matches, and two to play.
Police also kept its title aspirations alive when it battled past Fire Service 44-41 to join its opponents in second spot with 11 points. Fire Service only has one match left to play to complete its ten-game schedule while Police has two, the same as Bermudez which its meets tonight from 7 pm in a virtual title decider.
A win or draw for Bermudez will secure the league while a loss will keep Police in the mix ahead of the final round of matches.
In the final round, Bermudez meets UWI and Police tackles Defence Force.
Bermudez 39 (Kathy James 22/32, Joycelyn Marcelle 17/34) vs Jabloteh 33 (Debra Bain 23/25, Debra Beckles 7/15, Samantha James 2/6, Lilia Cameron 1/4)
Quarter scores: 1st: Bermudez 9-4; 2nd: Bermudez 17-8: 3rd: Bermudez: 27-21
Police 44 (Patrice Goring 37/44, Jenice Mc Intosh 7/12) vs Fire Service 41 (Aquila Blugh 22/34, Nariba Grant 19/38)
Quarter scores: 1st: Police 14-11; 2nd: Police 23-16; 3rd: Police 34-27.
UWI 29 (Abeni Taylor 15/23, Akeela Rodriguez 11/18, Roannta Dalrymple 3/4) vs Defence Force 21 (Melissa Snaggs-James 14/24, Cheryl-Ann Millington 7/15)
Quarter scores: 1st: UWI 6-4; 2nd: Defence Force 13-12; 3rd: UWI 27-17.
Fire Service 51 (Afeisha Noel 35/50, Simone Morgan 16/28) vs Defence Force 14 (Karlene Sylvester 8/21, Anastascia William 6/12)
Quarter scores: 1st: Fire Service 19-3; 2nd: Fire Service 29-9; 3rd: Fire Service 43-11.
UTT 41 (Daystar Swift 31/39, Jillisa Allan 10/19) vs Police 27 (Joelisa Cooper 12/19, Gursher Grant 10/14, Kalifa Mc Collin 5/10)
Quarter scores: 1st 9-9; 2nd: UTT 17-16; 3rd: UTT 29-20.
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