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Barker, Mc Collins keep Game Changers perfect
The past and present of “Calypso Netball” were on show as former national captain Janelle Barker and current starlet, Kalifa Mc Collins combined to lead Game Changers to a commanding 47–19 triumph over UWI in the Premier Division of the Courts All Sectors Netball League on Saturday night.
Playing in the fourth and final match of the day’s schedule, goal shoot Barker with 24 goals from 27 attempts and Mc Collins, 23 of 24 were unstoppable in leading their team to a second straight win after leading 16–2, 27–6 and 38–12 at the end of the first three quarters at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua.
Despite the stingy defence from Game Changers as well, goal attack Akala Rodriguez, still managed to get into double-figure scoring for UWI with ten goals from 24 attempts while Abeni Taylor got eight, and Avi-Anne Archie, one in the loss.
In perhaps the match of the league so far, Fire Service held off a late charge from bitter rival Police X to come away with a 38–37 Championship Division victory.
Goal shoot, Aquila Blugh was the main scorer for Fire with 24 goals from 52 attempts while Ayanna Peters added 14 from 23 in the narrow win after they led 11–6, 23–17 and 32–27 at the end of each of the first three periods.
Veteran former national standout Euphemia Huggins was the top scorer for Police X, which outscored Fire 10–6 in the final quarter, but just came up short in the with 17 goals from 22 attempts and fellow goal shoot, Patrice Goring, got 15 from 19.
Another ex-national player, Beverly Hernandez, playing in the goal attack position for the struggling Law-women converted five of six attempts in the loss.
It was a miserable day for the women of the “Protective Services” as Jabloteh also battled past Police Y, 39–32 led by Debra Beckles 23 goals from 39 attempts and Samantha James, with 16 from 23.
Jeselle Navarro led the fightback for Police with 17 goals from 23 attempts, but her supporting cast of Raquel Russell (7/13), Daneisha Wickham (6/14) and Giselle Norton-Richards (2/4) were not efficient enough to conjure up a win.
In the lone Alternative Division encounter, Chantel Perry scored 23 of her 39 attempts and Sophia Harper added three from four as TSTT rallied from a two point deficit at the end the third quarter to squeeze past UTT, 26–23.
UTT, which led 6–4, 11–10 and 18–16 at the end of the first three quarters was led by goal shooter, Shurice Gordon’s 18 goals from 37 attempts while Aeisha Collins chipped in with five from 12, a poor shooting night for the duo, which cost them in the end.
Saturday’s Courts All Sectors Netball results:
Game Changers 47 (Janelle Barker 24/27, Kalifa Mc Collins 23/24) bt UWI 19 (Akala Rodriguez 10/24, Abeni Taylor 8/15, Avi-Anne Archie 1/3)
Quarter scorers: 1st: 16-2 Game Changers; 2nd: 27-6 Game Changers; 3rd: 38-12 Game Changers.
Fire Service 38 (Aquila Blugh 24/52, Ayanna Peters 14/23) bt Police X 37 (Euphemia Huggins 17/22, Patrice Goring 15/19, Beverly Hernandez 5/6)
Quarter scores: 1st: 11-6 Fire Service; 2nd: 23-17 Fire Service; 3rd: 32-27 Fire Service
Jabloteh 39 (Debra Beckles 23/39, Samantha James 16/23) bt Police Y 32 (Jeselle Navarro 17/23, Raquel Russell 7/13, Daneisha Wickham 6/14, Giselle Norton-Richards 2/4)
Quarter scores: 1st: 11-6 Jabloteh; 2nd: 21-16 Jabloteh; 3rd: 28-25 Jabloteh.
TSTT 26 (Chantel Perry 23/39, Sophia Harper 3 / 4) bt UTT 23 (Shurice Gordon 18/37, Aeisha Collins 5/12)
Quarter scores: 1st: 6-4 UTT; 2nd: 11-10 UTT; 3rd 18-16 UTT.
Retro Division: Les Enfants vs Harlem, 5.30 pm; CCS vs TSTT, 6.20 pm
Championship Division: Police X vs Police Y, 7.10 pm
Alternative Division: Police vs Prisons, 5.30 pm; Central Bank vs USC, 6.45 pm.