C’down stop Gaynstead to stay unbeaten
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.
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.