Ru­ral net­ball champs ad­vance to semis

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

DE­FEND­ING RU­RAL ju­nior cham­pi­ons Den­bigh High and se­nior queens Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal advanced to the semi­fi­nals of the ISSA school­girls net­ball com­pe­ti­tion af­ter con­trast­ing wins at Manchester High School on Wed­nes­day.

Den­bigh eased past Mon­tego Bay High 32-8, while Holm­wood clipped Glen­muir High by one goal, win­ning 3837.

Holm­wood, the most dom­i­nant school­girl net­ball team lo­cally in the past 10 years, were pushed to the limit by a re­lent­less Glen­muir, but as usual the Chris­tiana-based de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons showed grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to pull through in the end.

At the end of the first quar­ter, Holm­wood led 10-9, and at half-time, it was still a one-point lead, 19-18 for the cham­pi­ons. How­ever, it was Glen­muir who con­trolled the third quar­ter to lead 29-26 af­ter the third stanza. They were un­able to main­tain their lead and Holm­wood pre­vailed at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Long-time head coach of Holm­wood Car­lene Gra­ham Pow­ell was happy that her team sur­vived and stated that ill­ness af­fected her girls.

“Three of my top play­ers were suf­fer­ing from the flu, and and this was the rea­son why the score was so close be­cause all sea­son, the team has been scor­ing high num­bers and it was the will power of the girls that got them through but come semi­fi­nals next week, we will be in much bet­ter con­di­tion as the girls should get bet­ter by then,” said Gra­ham Pow­ell. Holm­wood will meet Manchester High in one semi-fi­nal, while last year’s beaten fi­nal­ists, Den­bigh, who had a big 52-10 win over Her­bert Mor­ri­son will go up against Knox Col­lege in the other. Knox de­feated An­chovy 31-27 in a close en­counter.

There were no prob­lems for Den­bigh in their ju­nior match as they got by their op­po­nents quite eas­ily. In the semi-fi­nals, they will battle St Thomas Tech­ni­cal, who got the bet­ter of Bishop Gib­son 24-18. In the other semi-fi­nal, Holm­wood meet Manchester High.

The semi-fi­nals will be played at G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege next Tues­day, with the first match set to be­gin at 10 a.m.

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