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Fire Service netballers sweep ASNL
Fire Service were literally on fire all season, to close the Courts All Sectors Netball League as the most succesful team, sweeping all titles that were up for grabs in the Premiership Division.
On Monday night, led by goal-shooter Jameela McCarthy, Fire grabbed the Steve Sargeant Challenge (SSC) trophy at the Centre of Excellence, to add to its Premiership league title sealed on Saturday at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena and the Divisional Knockout crown, won last week.
"We wanted to win everything," said goal-attack Simone Morgan, a former national player. "We exceeded all expectations thanks to the ladies, who left it all on the court and came out with all the titles."
Morgan gave great support to McCarthy, the goal-shooter, who netted 24 goals from 36 tries to lead Fire past the University of T&T (UTT), 29-20 in the SSC final after returning scores of 54 goals from 70 attempts to see Fire to a huge 67-14 win over the University of the West Indies (UWI) in their final league match, two days earlier.
Morgan was vital in both wins, feeding her shooter the ball while connecting five off six in the 20-minute a half competition versus UTT and against UWI, connecting 13 in 24 in the lopsided victory.
"It was a relief because we worked so hard for the win," said Morgan after Monday's triumph.
In the SSC finale, UTT coached by former national coach and player Bridget Adams jumped to an early lead 5-2 lead thanks to the shooting combination of Anastascia Wilson (11/16)and Aquila Blugh. However, Fire, which was without a coach on the bench, fought back and levelled the scores at six.
Again UTT went on a run and got its biggest lead in the match, 12-7 with 5.05 to go in the half. Fire though managed to chip away at that lead and trailed only by two (14-12) at half-time.
Second-half was a whole new ball game as the Fire unit did away its deficit to tie the scores again at 14. The exchange of goals continued for the next five minutes until Fire went up by two (18-16) with 13.55 remaining on the clock.
Fortified by a defensive squad that included goal-keeper Garbrel Selman, goal-defence Afeisha Noel, who is usually used on the shooting end, and wing-defence Fiona Holder, Fire was able to hold UTT to 16 goals for four minutes while the centre-court of Candice Guerero (centre) and wing-attack Onella Jack, normally in a defensive bib, were useful in getting the ball down to the offensive end.
"We needed a stronger front court because most of our attackers had injuries, " said Morgan. "So we moved Onella up to help bring the ball and we needed Afeisha's long arms and safe hands to get rebounds. Both did an outstanding job."
With four minutes left in the half, UTT again tried to make a run and came within five goals (25-20) but Fire pulled away again to claim the seven-goal victory.
"We were playing their game in the first half and struggled," said Morgan. "We played our game in the sec half and got the win."
Double Elimination Knockout competitions
Earlier, the Double Elimination knockout winners in both the Championship and Alternative divisions were decided.
The Championship category was competitive as expected but it was Bermudez being crowned the champion. In the final, the Bermudez team topped Police, 22-14, thanks to Makeda De Freitas (13/19) and Indra Anderson (9/13).
In the Alternative final, Fire with shooting from Chelsea Delecia (5/12) and Shania Williams (9/12) eased past UWI, 14-6 in the title match.
Steve Sargeant Challenge final
UTT 22 (Anastascia Wilson 11/16, Aquila Blugh 11/18) vs Fire 29 (Jameela McCarthy 24/36, Simone Morgan 5/6). Halftime: 14-12 (UTT)
PYC 40 (Tahirah Hollinsgworth 6/11, Joelisa Cooper 25/32, Cheynelle Dolland 9/16) vs UTT 42 (Anastascia Wilson 23/27, Aquila Blugh 19/27). Quarter scores: 1st. 12-9 (PYC); 2nd. 21-20 (PYC); 3rd. 32-31 (UTT)
UWI 14 (Daystar Swift 5/11, Akeela Rodriguez 6/15, Zakiya McKenna 3/10) vs Fire 67 (Jameela McCarthy 54/70, Simone Morgan 13/24). Quarter scores: 1st. 21-3 (Fire); 2nd. 39-7 (Fire); 3rd. 53-13 (Fire).
League final standings
Team P W D L GF GA Diff Points
1 Fire 6 5 0 1 10 276 160 116 10
2 PYC 6 4 0 2 8 258 182 76 8
3 UTT 6 3 0 3 6 215 212 3 6
4 UWI 6 0 0 6 0 101 296 -195 0
Bermudez 22 (Makeda De Freitas 13/19, Indra Anderson 9/13) vs Police 14 (Donessa Wickham 5/8, Jeselle Navarro 2/3, Gurshier Grant 7/9). Half-time: 13-6 (Bermudez).
Jabloteh 21 (Lilia Cameron 6/9, Samantha James 15/21) vs Police 22 (J Navarro 12/16, D Wickham 10/12). Half-time: 11-9 (Police).
Bermudez 20 (M DeFreitas 13/18, Indra Anderson 7/9) vs UTC 15 (Dionne James 9/11, Ayana Peters 6/9). Half-time: 15-8 (Bermudez)
Fire 14 (Chelsea Delecia 5/12, Shania Williams 9/12) vs UWI 6 (Michaela Springle 2/2, Kadeemah Herbert 1/4, Nicolette Osbourne 3/5). Half-time: 9-3 (Fire).
PYC 9 (Cheryse Aguillera 4/5, Kaliyah Cooper 5/8) vs UWI 10 (M Springle 4/4, K Herbert 3/8). Half-time: 5-4 (PYC).
MIC Tigers 9 (Rhonita Williams 5/7, Meghan Lessey 4/10) vs Fire 10 (C Delecia 5/9, S Williams 5/7). Half-time: 4-3 (Fire).
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