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Broome seize netball crown

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Broome seize netball crown

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Brought together only two years ago by a parent, the Charles F. Broome Primary’s netball team are today celebrating their first ever championship in the Pine Hill Dairy Primary Schools’ Netball Competition.
In a hard-fought and sometimes physical game at the Wildey Gymnasium yesterday, Charles F. Broome defeated St Andrew’s Primary 10-6, denying them their sixth title.
As expected, Charles F. Broome were led by goal attack Brianna Holder, named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the finals ­– a tenth birthday gift to go along with the championship.
Holder personified the drive of the team, scrambling and fighting for loose balls. She scored six goals from seven attempts.
Shooter Sarina McCarthy had four from five. She had to leave the game with 6:36 minutes left on the clock in the second half after sustaining an injury, but also played very well in her time on the court.
Leading 7-5 at half-time, it was the Charles F. Broome defence which really put the game firmly in their favour. Indeed, no one would argue if goal defence Dana Brathwaite had been named MVP.
She had some timely blocks and interceptions, working in tandem with captain and goalkeeper Janiah Drakes to limit St Andrew’s to one second-half goal.
Given the tough task of containing goal attack Lakiesha Husbands, who has carried the St Andrew side, Brathwaite did well, holding her to six goals from seven attempts, while Aaliyah Alleyne had one attempt.
On containing the attack in the final Drakes said: “It was not easy, I can say that.
“At half-time we talked and we knew what to do. It was about keeping your eyes on the girl, not the ball. Therefore we got it.
“We were able to get the ball when they had the ball in control.
“I am so proud of myself and my team. At first we were not confident that we would win, but as we started practising more, and the team came together more, we did it,” the captain said.
She said the game plan was to be aggressive and go after the loose balls. That was well executed in the game and it all came together for them.
Physical education teachers Alphonza King and Michael Gibson – who led the track and field team to second place among the boys and sixth in the girls earlier this year – gave full credit to Jennifer Downes, past president of the Parent-Teacher Association.
Downes brought the team together in 2010 and they went to the play-offs. They were able to win a championship in only two years with two returning players, Holder and Jade Amor Grant.
Cherise Rock, the Class 4 teacher accompanying the St Andrew’s team, was pleased with their overall performance.
“Throughout the competition we had some good games. Defence was our weak area, but our goal defence [Sharika Lowe] . . . was able to bring the ball in the mid-court a lot,” she said.
“We feel a little bad that we didn’t win today, but second is pretty good among all the primary schools in Barbados.”
Grantley Prescod took third place with a wonderful display of free-flowing netball, defeating Reynold Weekes 13-7. This game was a close one with the teams exchanging goals in the first half. The scores were locked all the way to 5-5 at half-time.
In the second, shooter Tricia Phillips stepped up her game a notch, shooting at the southern end where her mother Julie was shouting advice and tips from the stands.
Showing very good footwork, Phillips played with growing confidence to score ten from 13, hitting five straight to take the score from 7-6 to 12-6. Goal attack Lashawnda Edwards added the other three goals.
Japhia Lucas of Reynold Weekes also had a good game, scoring all seven of her team’s goals.