Sunday, February 18, 2018

Police in Premiership, Championship finals


Joelisa Cooper

Mark Fraser

Police are awaiting the winners of a postponed clash between UWI and Fire Service to know who will challenge them in Thursday’s Courts All Sectors Netball League Steve Sarjeant Knockout final.

On Saturday at Tacarigua’s Eastern Regional Sports Complex indoor court, Police were comfortable 33-28 winners over Game Changers in their Premiership knockout match. They got goals from Joelisa Cooper who scored 27 of 34 attempts as goal attack.

The other six goals came from goal shoots Rhonda John-Davis and Shivaughn Skeete.

Cooper’s national teammates Janelle Barker (15 of 17) and Kalifa McCollin (13 of 15), goal shoot and goal attack respectively, led the Game Changers offence, but their team also trailed by five goals at the end of the 15-minute first half, 15-20.

The other semi-final between Fire Service and UWI was postponed, though, so Police do not yet know their opponents for the decider.

UWI got their chance to face Fire after Defence Force withdrew from their first round encounter.

But Police X and Fire Service will contest the Jean Pierre Challenge (Championship) final. Police X beat Police Y and San Juan Jabloteh easily to get there, while Fire burned Bermudez 24-23 in a tight thriller.

Against Jabloteh, Police had 22-of-27 shooting from goal shoot Patrice Goring to give them the 28-19 win, while Jabloteh’s tally came from five different scorers. The match was tight at half time, though, with Police only ahead 14-11.

In their encounter, Fire won despite 16-of-21 shooting from Bermudez goal shoot Kathy James, who was assisted by goal attack Joycelyn Marcelle (7 of 9). Fire were not as accurate, but had many more attempts from goal shoot Aquilla Blugh (19 of 38) and Lee-Ann O’Brien 95 of 15).

All finals will jump off this evening at the Tacarigua venue except for the Premiership decider, which is set for Thursday.