C’down stop Gayn­stead to stay un­beaten

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

DE­FEND­ING CHAM­PI­ONS Cam­per­down were pushed to the limit to stave off a de­ter­mined Gayn­stead in their top of the ta­ble Group II Se­nior ISSA Ur­ban school­girl net­ball com­pe­ti­tion at the Leila Robin­son Court yes­ter­day, win­ning 35-33 in a thrilling con­test.

In what was a clash be­tween un­beaten teams, it was the Wayne Ste­wart-coached team that walked away with brag­ging rights to make it four win from as many games and now look set to top their group with one game re­main­ing.

Cam­per­down were first to set­tle and raced to a quick 5-2 lead inside four min­utes. They main­tained their dom­i­nance for the re­main­der of the quar­ter, push­ing on for a four goals ad­van­tage, lead­ing 11-7.

The gutsy Gayn­stead team, how­ever, came into their own in the sec­ond quar­ter as they matched the ex­pe­ri­enced Cam­per­down in all de­part­ment. They outscored their op­po­nents here 10-7 to re­duce the deficit by one as Cam­per­down led 18-17 at the half-time break.

NAR­ROW WIN

For the next two quar­ters, it was touch and go, but in the end, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons pre­vailed for a nar­row win in the end.

The in-form Ex­cel­sior stayed on course for their mega match to­mor­row with for­mer cham­pi­ons The Queen’s School for Group One hon­ours with an­other dis­ci­plined dis­play af­ter an easy 42-21 win over Nor­man Man­ley for their fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

The Queen’s School also made it four in a row, when they got a walk over from Wolmer’s, who failed to show for their en­counter.

In other resched­uled matches, Tar­rant got by for­mer cham­pi­ons St Hugh’s 31-26; Im­mac­u­late stopped Pen­wood 36-26 and St Cather­ine High and Tivoli tied 42 -42.

The com­pe­ti­tion will con­tinue to­day at 12:30pm with two more se­nior matches and one Ju­nior. Pen­wood face The Queen’s School and Wolmer’s face Ex­cel­sior among the se­niors with St Jago play­ing St Andrew Tech­ni­cal in the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

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