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Scotland eases past Calypso netballers again
This country's Calypso netballers suffered another set-back in their prepartions for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland after a second loss on the trot against the Scottish Thistles, 32-44 at the Emriates Arena, in Glasgow, yesterday. Going into the match, the Anika La Roche-Brice led T&T women were eager to shrug off a 40-41 loss to the world 12th ranked Scotland behind closed doors on Monday in their lone practice match,
However, it was not to be as the T&T women, coming off back-to-back wins in a Tri-Nation series at home in February against Barbados (35-32) and Northern Ireland (51-39) found themselves in a hole at the end of the first 15-minutes period and trailed, 6-17. The host cheered on by the home crowd continued to dominate and push their advantage against the rough tackling “Calypso netballers” to 28-14 as they full use of the many turn-overs by the visitors.
The third was much more of the same as both teams traded goals at the end of which Scotland led 38-22, and despite behing outscored in the final period 12-6 by a pumped up T&T, Scotland costed to a 44-34 win to end a two match international losing slide, 26-63 and 18-72 against world third ranked New Zealand. Today, both teams will meet again at the same venue from 2 pm (TT time) while the third match which was carded for tomorrow has been cancelled. At the Commonwealth Games which comes off in July/August, T&T will compete in a six-team Pool B which also comprises world champions, Australia, England, South Africa, Wales and Barbados while Scotland is in Pool A with New Zealand, Jamaica, Malawi, and Northern Ireland.