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Cooper eases PYC past UWI

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Monday, March 12, 2018
UTC’s goal-attack Avi-Ann Archie, left, stretches for the ball under pressure from Polce goal-keeper Kaysha Duncan during a Championship Division match in the Courts All Sectors Netball League at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena on Saturday. PICTURE MATTHEW LEE KONG

A brilliant shooting performance from goal-attack Joelisa Cooper saw Police Youth Club (PYC) batter the University of the West Indies (UWI) by 37 goals (55-18) when the teams met in the Courts All Sectors Netball League.

This was in round two action in the Premiership Division and the final affair in five matches played at the Maloney Indoor Sport Arena on Saturday.

Cooper, the national senior netball captain, was in fine shooting form as she shot with 89 per cent accuracy, hitting 31 goals from 35 attempts to help PYC bounce back from its disappointing finish in the Courts Open Knockout competition last weekend. PYC was beaten in the semifinal round by the eventual winner, the University of T&T (UTT).

Tahirah Hollingsworth was Cooper’s shooting partner for much of the match and the goal-shooter poured in 19 in 25 to have PYC ahead early in the match-up, leading 10-3 in the first period. The duo scored with ease as they carried PYC to a 28-7 lead at the half while their defenders Anika La Roche and Janeisha Cassimy worked down the other end.

Goal-attack Zakiya Mc Kenna tried her best to keep her team competitive but PYC was just too powerful and took its lead to 31 (42-11) in the third. McKenna scored the bulk of UWI’s goals with 11 in 21 but it was not enough.

Later, Cheynelle Dolland filled the goal-attack position for Police and she connected five of eight in the comfortable win.

In the other match in the premier division, goal-shooter Jameela McCarthy produced 25 goals in 38 tries and Simone Morgan added 19 of 26, to guide Fire past UTT, 44-29.

UTT did well for much of the match but lost some of its spark in the final quarter. The University team led at the end of the first quarter, 8-7 but gave up its advantage at half-time, 18-17.

The third quarter ended 29-25 still in favour of the Fire team, which dominated the final stanza and came away with the 15-goal victory.

RESULTS

Premiership Div
Fire 44 (Jameela McCarthy 25/38, Simone Morgan 19/26) vs UTT 29 (Anastascia Wilson 17/19, Aquila Blugh 12/16, Kernesha Greenidge 0/1). Quarter scores: 1st. 8-7 (UTT); 2nd. 18-17 (Fire), 3rd. 29-25 (Fire).

UWI 18 (Akeela Rodriguez 3/6, Zakiya Mc Kenna 11/21, Nicola Solomon 4/5) vs PYC 55 (Tahirah Hollingsworth 19/25, Joelisa Cooper 31/35, Cheynelle Dolland 5/8). Quarter scores: 1st. 10-3 (PYC); 2nd. 28-7 (PYC), 3rd. 42-11 (PYC).

Championship Div
UTC 28 (Roannta Dalrymple 5/10, Ayanna Peters 8/23, Avi-Ann Archie 4/6, Dionne James 11/14) vs Police 32 (Donessa Wickham 13/18, Jeselle Navarro 16/22, Giselle Norton 3/4). Quarter scores: 1st. 7-6 (Police); 2nd. 17-11 (Police), 3rd. 22-20 (Police).

Fire 28 (Cameisha Leslie 20/43, Daniella Hall 8/14, Pearl St John 0/1) vs Jabloteh 33 (Latoya Thomas 29/50, Samantha James-Lewis 4/10). Quarter scores: 1st. 10-9 (Jabloteh); 2nd. 19-17 (Jabloteh), 3rd. 27-23 (Jabloteh).

Defence Force 35 (Melissa Snaggs 18/26, Jody Sprott 17/26) vs Las Lomas 30 (Raquel Russell 26/34, Anita Pitt-Russell 3/10, Karrie Scott 1/2). Quarter scores: 1st. 8-5 (Defence Force); 2nd. 23-14 (Defence Force), 3rd. 29-23 (Defence Force).

TODAY’S MATCHES

Retro Div
Police vs Harlem, 5.30 pm
TSTT vs Bermudez, 6.20 pm

Championship Div
Jean Pierre Challenge final
UTC vs Police, 7.15 pm

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