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BARBADOS netball 2005

Springer cleans up at Netball Stadium

Date June 29, 2007 Compliments of the Barbados Nation News

IT WAS DOUBLE DELIGHT for the undisputed queens of schools ball Springer Memorial at the Netball Stadium yesterday evening.

The Government Hill, St Michael girls won both the Under-13 and Under-15 Secondary Schools Netball crowns, defeating Queen's College 10-9 and Foundation 17-15 respectively.

Springer Memorial also won the First Formers competition on Wednesday and last October, they won the Under-19 title for the ninth consecutive year to complete a clean sweep of all four titles on offer in schools' netball.

The Springer Under-13 team had to come from a 4-5 half-time deficit to overcome the Queen's College girls.

Captain Sade-Mariah Greenidge netted eight of her ten attempts from the goal-shooter position while

goal-attack Adrienne Griffith added two goals from seven shots.

For Queen's College, goal-shoot Zoanne Brathwaite converted one of three shots while goal-attack Alyssa Smith scored eight of nine attempts against Springer's defensive duo of goalkeeper Desiree Joseph and goal defence Akela Jones.

The Springer mid-court trio of centre Sakina Nicholls, wing-attack Shontelle Cox and Schae Domingo also did a good job in getting the ball into the shooting circle.

The Under-15 final was also a close encounter with the pendulum swinging back and forth as the players had to battle with a wet court from steady rain in the second and third quarters.

Springer led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter but Foundation, after replacing their tall goal-shooter Crystal Codrington, who missed her only shot with Rhea Holder locked the score 8-8 at half-time even though their starting centre Sabrina Applewaite

had to leave the court.

Her replacement, Melissa Elliott, teamed up with wing-attack Shaneisha Evelyn and goal-attack Damisha Croney, who was the playmaker to lead Foundation's fightback.

The defensive trio of wing-defence Shanice Blades, Alicia Archer and Michelle Roachford also did a fantastic job in restricting Springer to a solitary second-quarter goal.

Springer's coach Julie Phillips brought on two of her Under-13 players, Sade-Mariah Greenidge (0 from 1) and Adrienne Griffith in the third quarter which saw Foundation holding a slim 11-10 lead.

Foundation surged ahead by three goals, 13-10 early in the last quarter but Springer's goal-defence Jeneice Clarke sparked their revival with some timely interceptions while wing-defence Rashill Edwards, centre Denae Browne and wing-attack Marisa Burgess showed greater urgency.

Foundation were also guilty of some crucial turn-overs as Springer scored off their centre pass twice to retake the lead at 15-13 with goal-shooter Shamika Clarke, who finished with eight goals from ten shots and goal-attack Shanise Jarvis (nine from 12) scoring nearly all the shots they took in the final quarter.

Foundation's cause was not helped when Croney, their key player, fell and split the webbing between her first finger and thumb. Croney finished with six goals from ten attempts and Holder netted nine of ten shots.


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