All-is­land net­ball queens!

Gayn­stead dom­i­nate Den­bigh to claim de­light­ful dou­ble

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham /Gleaner Writer

IT WAS all Gayn­stead yes­ter­day in the fi­nals of the ISSA All-Is­land School­girl Net­ball fi­nals at the Leila Robin­son Court.

Fol­low­ing their dou­ble vic­to­ries in the Ur­ban com­pe­ti­tion three days ear­lier, Gayn­stead re­turned to show their strength against ru­ral queens Den­bigh to cap­ture both the ju­nior and se­nior ti­tles.

Their ju­nior team first up­staged the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons 24-21 for their sec­ond All-Is­land ti­tle, after win­ning in 2016, while it was a his­toric mo­ment for the se­nior team as they cap­tured their first ti­tle with a com­mand­ing 35-26 win over the Den­bigh se­niors.

Win­ning coach Dalton Hinds was, as ex­pected, elated after see­ing his teams cre­ate history for a first clean sweep of both ti­tles in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“What th­ese vic­to­ries mean for Gayn­stead to­day (yes­ter­day) is that we are say­ing to the other schools that Gayn­stead is here to con­tinue what we started 11 years ago. I thought the ladies were highly mo­ti­vated after win­ning both ur­ban ti­tles and wanted to go all the way,” said Hinds, who had spe­cial words for a few of his se­nior play­ers.

“When you have class play­ers like na­tional de­fender Latanya Wil­son and up-and-com­ing player in Kelsey Jonas, they would have lifted and mo­ti­vated the team, and that they did all sea­son,” said Hinds.

Jan­ice Walker, coach of Den­bigh, be­lieves her teams were too slow out of the blocks.

“The girls started re­ally flat. They didn’t start as they usu­ally do, and de­spite mak­ing many changes through­out the game, they just could not click. There was too many turnovers by the team, and it was just not our day to­day (yes­ter­day). It was the first time a team was run­ning them that hard, and they were not used to it, so they folded in the end. Ku­dos to Gayn­stead. They re­ally played well and de­served their wins on the day.”

In the se­nior match, Gayn­stead raced into a quick 5-1 lead after three min­utes in­side the first quar­ter. Den­bigh ral­lied well to­wards the end of the quar­ter to cut the deficit to one as Gayn­stead led 8-7 after the first stanza.

For the re­main­der of the game, with Wil­son mak­ing ex­cel­lent in­ter­cep­tions with her team-mate Hone­sha Roberts at goal de­fence and goal shooter Bri­tany Lo­gan as well as goal at­tack Kelsey Jonas in fine form, it was all Gayn­stead as they took a 18-11 lead into half-time.

De­spite Den­bigh try­ing their best to come back into the con­test, Gayn­stead ended the third quar­ter lead­ing 27-18, be­fore end­ing on a high, outscor­ing the ru­ral champs 9-8 to score a re­sound­ing 36-26 win in the end.

Goal shooter Lo­gan scored 23 from 26 at­tempts, while Lo­gan as­sisted with 12 from 13. For Den­bigh, goal shooter Daney Thomas top scored with 18 from


In the ju­nior fi­nal, Gayn­stead led from start to fin­ish. Quar­terly scores were 6-5, 15-9, 18-16 and 25-21. Goal shooter Gabrielle Phillips top scored for Gayn­stead with 14 goals from 21 at­tempts, with goal at­tack De­janey McIn­tosh 10 from 14. For Den­bigh, goal shooter Mar­ion Smith top-scored with 13 from



Mem­bers of Gayn­stead’s ju­nior net­ball team cel­e­brate their vic­tory over Den­bigh’s ju­nior net­ball team in the fi­nal of the ISSA All Is­land Net­ball Fi­nal at The Leila Robin­son Court yes­ter­day. The Gayn­stead ju­niors won 2421.

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