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Calypso Girls face Jamaica in INF quarters
T&T’s Under-21 Calypso Girls will be hopeful of rebounding in a big way when they come up Caribbean rivals, Jamaica, in one of four main draw quarterfinals at the Seventh International Netball Federation (INF) World Youth Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, today from 2.30 pm (TT time). This after the local squad, skippered by Jellene Richardson, had its three-match winning streak halted in Pool B, in a 16-77 loss to 2009 silver medal winners New Zealand in their group decider of the 20-team tournament at the Emirates Arena, yesterday. T&T, 12th last time out in Cook Islands, entered the match on the back on convincing wins over Bermuda 47-31; Malta 69-32 and Northern Ireland, 56-36 and was anticipating a good showing against the Kiwis, who also won their three previous matches.
However, T&T found the going tough as the Kiwis raced into a 24-6 lead from which they never looked back. T&T coach Grace Parkinson-Griffith made changes at quarter time including moving strong USA-based shooter Samantha Wallace down the court to goalkeeper, where she was effective in defending goal as New Zealand were slowed slightly. The tactic seemed to work as New Zealand didn’t adapt well to the pressure and for 15 minutes only managed to add 13 points to their total. Speaking after the match, Parkinson-Griffith said Wallace was part of a plan to quell New Zealand’s scorers. She added: “We were prepared to take our shooter out of attack, and put her into defence to limit their goals.” T&T captain and team Player of the Match, Kalifa Mc Collin said her team’s aim for the match was to limit the Kiwis to under 100 goals and while it was still a big loss, she was happy with the effort.
With the win, New Zealand ended with a 4-0 record and will meet Pool C runner-up, Wales (3-1) which was stopped by the Jamaicans (4-0), 49-72 in their pool decider as well yesterday. The young Sunshine Girls as Jamaica are known had easy win in their victories in their other Pool matches, (Samoa 64-20); (Scotland 65-30) and a 98-2 mauling of Cayman Islands. In today’s other quarterfinals, defending champions and Pool A winner, Australia comes up against Pool D runner-up, Barbados, which was beaten in its pool decider by England 22-71 while the English face long time rivals, South Africa, 27-59 losers to the Aussies for Pool A honours. Also yesterday, Samoa blasted Cayman Islands 74-24 in Pool C; Namibia punished Israel 98-9 in Pool A; Northern Ireland overcame Bermuda 62-32 in Pool B, and Papua New Guinea stormed past Republic of Ireland, 77-16 in Pool D to end round-robin play ahead of today’s start of the playoff matches.
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