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No stopping Police in ASNL

Published: 
Monday, March 13, 2017
Las Lomas goal-shooter Raquel Russell, left, catches the ball as Las Lomas goal-defence Tia Bruno, right, goes for the steal as Las Lomas goal-attack Anita Pitt-Russell looks on during the Open Knockout competition of the Courts All Sectors Netball League at the Eastern Rgeional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua, last Saturday. Police won 30-13.

Goal-attack Joelisa Cooper showed no signs of tiredness in Sunday’s round two match against University of T&T (UTT) after leading Police to its first title, Fast 5, on Saturday evening in the Courts All Sectors Netball League.

She returned to the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua on Sunday all fired up and led the police officers, to a 42-34 victory over UTT in the Premiership Division.

Cooper shot with 81 per cent accuracy, producing 30 goals from 37 attempts to push Police ahead at the end of each quarter, 10-3 in the first, 16-13 at the halfway mark and 31-26 in the third.

She worked with both Tahirah Hollingsworth and Jeselle Navarro, both of whom shared the responsibility of the goal-shooter. Hollingsworth opened in the circle in Cooper and she was good for five from 10. Navarro replaced her later on and she put in seven off 10 tries.

For UTT, Anastascia Wilson netted the bulk of the goals, hitting 23 in 39 but in a losing effort.

Fire and the University of the West Indies (UWI) met in the other match in the division and the two could not be separated as the scores remained tied at 40 at the end of regulation time, resulting in both team picking up a point each for the draw.

Jamilia McCarthy of Fire topped all shooters with 37 of 45 in a match which had quite a number of lead changes. The firewomen had a 11-10 advantage at the end of the first period. The teams matched each other goal-for-goal (18-18) in the second session with Fire holding on its narrow one-goal (19-18) lead at halftime.

UWI through the shooting of Afiya Vincent (34/44) mainly, was able to push ahead and gained a four-goal (32-28) lead, heading into the final quarter. Fire refused to go away and was determined not to leave empty-handed. The fire officers fought back and outscored their opponenets, 12-8, just enough to tie up the scores when tied expired.

Earlier in the Alternative Division, Fire crushed Defence Force, 40-14 and UWI sealed a 28-20 win over Police.