Latonia Blackman (right) of Brittons Hill proved too talented for Shottas United’s Davina Young all night during their BWU clash. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
Brittons Hill Combined Stars are one game away from claiming the Barbados Workers’ Union division one netball crown in the Sir Roy Trotman zone.
Playing an impressive game of defence and strategic attack, Brittons Hill handed Shottas United their first loss of the season 54-46 in a tough match at the Netball Stadium on Sunday night. That gave Brittons Hill a 7/0 record while ending Shottas’ season 7/1.
Only Wolverines A can stop Brittons Hill from ending a perfect season as they have to replay an earlier rained out game. An upset win by Wolverines A would force the organisers to use calculators to determine the queens in that zone since Brittons Hill, Shottas and Wolverines A would finish with 7/1 records. That match will be played next Monday.
On Sunday night the Blackman sisters, Nadia and Barbados captain Latonia, used nifty one-two moves in the circle to torment the spirited Shottas’ Davina Young which saw the Blackmans scoring at will and often leaving Young bruised and battered on the asphalt.
The versatility of Wanda Agard- Belgrave kept Shottas in contention with teammate Nakita Cyrus tracking Brittons Hill’s goal with gems of her own. However, with goal shooter Sandra Maynard being tormented in the circle by six-footer Faye Sealy and the aggressive Makeba Clarke, the Shottas were forced to move Agard-Belgrave to goal shooter and brought on Ranee Cyrus at goal keeper.
However, the superior midcourt of Shanise Jarvis and Marissa Burgess and smooth offence of Brittons Hill saw them maintaining control 13-7, 26-22, 41-33. Latonia led all shooters with 37 goals from 42 attempts with Nadia sinking 17 from 22. Nakita Cyrus scored an impressive 32 from 41, Agard-Belgrave added 9/14 and Maynard 5/7.
In the Linda Brooks Zone Shottas also suffered a loss going down to Transformer 22-28. (KB)