Spotlight on ISSA netball – Top teams clash in finals at Leila Robinson Courts

first_imgThe best of local schoolgirls netball will be on show at the Leila Robinson Courts today. For the first time ever, both the rural and urban Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) finals will be played at the same venue. Action will begin at 11 a.m. – a the third-place play-off match between Manchester High and Holmwood Technical. One hour later, at noon, there will be three third-place matches for junior and senior teams from both rural and urban schools. The first of four finals will begin at 1 p.m. In a repeat of last year’s final, defending champions Denbigh High will take on Knox College in the rural junior final. This will be followed by the urban junior final at 2 p.m. between many-time winners Queen’s School and newcomers Gaynstead High. At 3 p.m., Holmwood Technical will take on first-time finalists Titchfield High in the rural senior final. Holmwood, who have reached their tenth consecutive final, will be gunning for their ninth overall title, but will be wary of a hungry Titchfield team. Carlene Graham-Powell, coach of defending champions Holmwood, is confident her team will retain their title. “The team did not play as expected in the semi-finals, as most of them were playing at this stage for the first time. However, since that game, we have gone back to the drawing board and had a nice team meeting with them, and we are very confident of victory,” said Graham Powell. In the urban final, which begins at 4 p.m., St Hugh’s will be hoping to avenge their second-round defeat by three goals to Camperdown High, the only unbeaten team in the Corporate Area. Kadi-Ann Dehaney, who was a part of the National Senior team to the Netball World Cup in Australia in mid-year, will carry the hopes of St Hugh’s. Coach of St Hugh’s, Roy Price, is confident they will win today. “We lost to Camperdown earlier, and they are a strong and well-coached team, but we know what we did wrong, and we have fixed those problems and we are hoping to win this time around,” said coach Price.last_img read more