SHOOTING TO VICTORY: Australia Under-21 goal shoot, Chelsea Lemke, left, shoots over the head of Trinidad and Tobago Under-21 goal defence, Anika Nottingham, in their third netball friendly, at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, on Monday. The Aussies won 66-16, sweeping the series 3-0. Also in the photo are T&T goal keeper Monica Peters, second from right, and Australia goal attack Kate Thompson. –Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Aussie netballers outclass T&T...again

By Donstan Bonn donstan.bonn@trinidadexpress.com

Undersized, outclassed, outplayed and overwhelmed are but some of the words one can use to describe Trinidad and Tobago's Under-21 netballers in their three-match friendly series against their Australian counterparts. But that's the reality of what transpired in the 66-16 loss they suffered in the third and final fixture, at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain on Monday.

The hosts came out battling in the first quarter with goal shoot Jellene Richardson scoring four of her 10 attempts and goal attack Kalifah Mc Collin adding two more. However, at the other end of the court, goal keeper Monica Peters and goal defence Anika Nottingham simply could not contain Australia's giant goal shoot Kristina Brice, who converted 15 of her 21 tries at the basket to give the visitors an 18-6 first quarter advantage.

Brice scored 10 more goals in the second session and goal attack Kaylia Stanton added another three to extend their lead to 21 at the half by virtue of a 31-10 scoreline.

In the penultimate quarter, T&T showed some flashes of brilliance, spurts of good passing and great movement off the ball by Richardson and Mc Collin resulting in five goals being scored. McCollin contributed three of three.

But again, this was not good enough as the visitors responded with 16 goals in the period through their new attacking pair of goal shoot Chelsea Lemke (nine of 14) and goal attack Kate Thompson (seven from 10) to lead 47-15.

In the final quarter, Australia upped the tempo on the defensive end of the court to stifle T&T's efforts to get the ball to their shooters. Such was the intensity of the pressure applied that almost every time T&T had possession they turned it over through a combination of poor passing and great defensive work by their opponents.

Richardson scored T&T's solitary goal in the quarter, while McCollin was not allowed to get inside the shooting arc. On the other end of the court, Thompson (14 of 20) and Lemke (five from nine) combined for 19 goals in what was the visitors' most productive session.

Australia swept the series 3-0, and move on to Jamaica for the remainder of their tour of the Caribbean.

T&T will be hoping to use this experience as a learning curve in their preparation for next year's World Youth (under-21) Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Result:

Australia 66 (K. Brice 25/32, K. Thompson 21/30, C. Lemke 14/23, K. Stanton 6/12) defeated Trinidad & Tobago 16 (K. McCollin 8/10, J. Richardson 8/18)

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