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Solid play puts Goodride in play-offs


EZRA STUART, FP

Solid play puts Goodride in play-offs

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GOODRIDE BALLERS clinched a play-off spot in the Roy Trotman Zone with a 44-38 victory over Bryden Stokes when the Barbados Workers’ Union’s Netball Tournament continued at the Netball Stadium on Wednesday night.

The victory, set up by some solid play from the mid-court trio of centre Shanice Brathwaite, wing attack Shamia Headley and wing defence Ashika Ward, carried Goodride to 26 points.

They finished four behind unbeaten Shottas United, who have the maximum 30 points from six wins, ahead of Sunday’s start to the play-offs in this zone.

Goal shooter Keryn Brathwaite converted 33 of a whopping 58 attempts while Samantha Small weighed in with 11 goals from 22 attempts at goal attack for Goodride, who won five of their six matches.

With veteran Rosalind Davis orchestrating plays at centre, along with Nesha Riley at wing attack, goal attack Adonna Griffith benefited from good service into the shooting circle. She obliged by scoring 25 goals from 32 attempts for Bryden Stokes against some good defensive work from Danicia King and Kayann Eastmond.

The loss left both Bryden Stokes and Brittons Hill locked on 14 points as they vie for the fourth qualifying spot after Progressive Ballers finished third in the zone on 22 points.

In a top of the table match in the Ulric Sealy Zone, leaders Rapid Response defeated second placed St James Stilettos 21-17 to finish with 37 points while their opponents ended on 35 points.

Goal shooter Shakira Thompson netted 12 of 17 attempts and Linda Walrond nailed nine of her 15 shots for Rapid Response.

Goal attack Shaneta Spencer carried the Stilettos’ attack with 15 goals from 22 shots as Jeneatha Craigg and Carolyn Holloway netted only one goal each.

In the same zone, Brittons Hill Combined edged Central Bank 22-20 with Marisa Corbin scoring 18 of 25 attempts for the winners. Kay Reid made 14 of 24 tries for the losers.

Elite defeated Boomerz Combined 47-39 to keep alive their hopes of a play-off spot in the Linda Brooks zone.

Linda Bourne netted 36 of 44 attempts for Elite while Alicia Adams sank 31 of 41 shots in a losing effort for Boomerz. Shereen Hewitt also scored seven of her eight attempts. (EZS)

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