Sunday, January 21, 2018

Australia crush T&T again at UWI SPEC

Trinidad and Tobago's Under-21 netballers suffered another crushing blow against Australia on Saturday at UWI SPEC, St Augustine, this time being hammered 77-8 by the visitors.

A day earlier, the Australians had dominated T&T with a 56-17 win and showed no signs of letting up against the hosts in the second match, strangling them on defence and walling them out in the offensive goal third.

Aussie goal shoot Kate Thompson led their offence again in the first two quarters, sinking 28 of her 33 attempts to lead Australia to a 39-6 lead at the halfway stage, as the visitors outscored T&T 23-2 in the second period.

She was helped by goal attack Cody Lange, who shot 11 goals in 23 attempts, but was the main source of Thompson's goals.

T&T again fought through Kalifah McCollins (goal shoot) and Afiya Alexis (goal attack), but were limited to eight shots in the first period. It ended 16-4 with both players scoring two goals each, although Alexis had six attempts.

But if the scoring was tough for T&T in the first two quarters, it disappeared in the final two, with only one goal each in those periods. McCollins only had four attempts then, and scored two to end with six goals from 10 attempts.

While T&T suffered through constant turnovers and strong pressure from the taller, faster Aussies, second half goal shoot Kaylia Stanton (18 from 32) was able to shrug off her inconsistency at the ring, and goal attack Chelsea Lemke was more accurate, sinking 20 of her 25 attempts.

The series ends today, with T&T facing the Australians at Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo this evening from 6.30 p.m.