Pleasantville Ambassadors retained their status as league champions at the 2013 bpTT Mayaro Netball League prize distribution ceremony held at the Mayaro Indoor Sports Facility on Sunday.
The south-based team captured the championship trophy and gold medals, and also walked away with individual trophies, Division A League MVP—Peggy-Ann Brown and Division A Most Goals -Jenice Mc Intosh (123).
Organised by the Mayaro Netball Association, 2013 marks the 24th year that the competition has been supported and sponsored by energy company, BP Trinidad and Tobago.
Joel Primus, community sustainability and stakeholder relations adviser, bpTT, stressed the importance of this and other sporting tournaments supported by the company in the south-eastern community: “Whether it is netball, football, basketball or cricket, we believe that these activities offer a platform for young people to shine and develop their talent. Over the years many young people have passed through these competitions and have ascended to the national and international level.”
Prior to the prize-giving function, spectators were treated to two finals in the Division A and B competitions. The young ladies of Sangre Grande All Stars dominated Shockers in the Division B knockout finals and won comfortably, with Kernilia Paul and Nikkita Francis putting on a show with 18 and 12 goals, respectively.
Goal attack and Sangre Grande All Stars captain Francis, was elated with the victory. “This is a great feeling because we had to work really hard to achieve this victory,” she said. “The bpTT Mayaro League is very competitive and we have to bring our best to win here. We can’t wait for next year’s competition and hope to take every trophy.”
It was the highly anticipated Division A Big Four final between Pleasantville Ambassadors and Marvellites A that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite a late resurgence from Ambassadors, they could not match the dominance of the Marvellites A team in a game that ended 42 - 31.
It was a lesson in clinical shooting as Marvellites A goal shoot and national player, Joelisa Cooper, finished with an impressive 33 goals. Overall, Marvellites A still walked away with a bagful of trophies, including the Division A Round Robin and Big Four competitions.
According to Mayaro Netball Association President, Allison Philbert-Acosta, this year’s competition was one of the best. “This year we saw a higher level of play overall, especially from the younger players and this is encouraging for the future of national netball. Another positive is that the best teams from all over the country, including San Fernando, Matelot and Toco, came out to participate and raised the level of the league,” she pointed out.