Den­bigh, Gayn­stead seek dou­bles at ISSA net­ball fi­nals

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - -R.G.

DEN­BIGH and Gayn­stead High Schools will be seek­ing the dou­ble when the fi­nals of the ISSA ru­ral and ur­ban school­girls net­ball com­pe­ti­tion are played to­day at G.C. Foster Col­lege.

Both teams had good wins in ju­nior and se­nior semi-fi­nals on Tues­day at the same venue. In ru­ral ju­nior ac­tion Den­bigh had an easy 24-9 over St Thomas Tech­ni­cal and will meet Holm­wood in the fi­nal af­ter they stopped Manch­ester High 25-19. This game is set for 1:30 p.m.

Den­bigh’s se­niors, who eas­ily de­feated Knox Col­lege 41-23, will take the court one hour later against Manch­ester High. Manch­ester ad­vanced to to­day’s fi­nal af­ter a close 39-37 win over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Holm­wood.

De­fend­ing ur­ban ju­nior cham­pi­ons Gayn­stead will face many-time cham­pi­ons The Queen’s School in the ur­ban ju­nior fi­nal at 3:30 p.m. Gayn­stead eas­ily brushed aside Nor­man Manley High 33-15 in Tues­day’s semi-fi­nals while Queen’s got by Cam­per­down 26-17. In the se­nior fi­nals at 4:30 p.m., the high-rid­ing Ex­cel­sior will take on Gayn­stead. Ex­cel­sior clipped de­feated de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cam­per­down 28-23 and Gayn­stead turned back Queen’s 26-17 to move for­ward.

Fol­low­ing their first dou­ble in 2003 un­der then coach An­nette Da­ley, the Claren­don-based Den­bigh will start favourites for two ti­tles to­day fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive wins on Tues­day.

The Dal­ton Hinds-coached Gayn­stead will be seek­ing their first dou­ble suc­cess. They are un­doubt­edly the most im­proved school in lo­cal net­ball.

Ex­cel­sior’s se­niors, un­der new head coach Christo­pher Smart, have been in great form all sea­son, los­ing just once to Queen’s a week go in their fi­nal game of the sec­ond round.

How­ever, they bounced back in fine style on Tues­day to elim­i­nate de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Cam­per­down eas­ily, and they will def­i­nitely start favourites to deny Gayn­stead the dou­ble here.

Ac­tion to­day will start at 9:30 a.m. with the third­place matches.

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