The Trinidad and Tobago girls Under-19 team defeated their Jamaican counterparts 10-3 in the morning session of the CARIFTA Water Polo Championships at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston, Jamaica yesterday.
The victory gave the T&T U-19 girls a 2-1 lead over their hosts in the best-of-five contest and they were scheduled to face the Jamaicans in the fourth match of the series last night.
A win in last night's game would give Trinidad and Tobago an unassailable 3-1 lead and ensure they finish in first place and collect the gold medals.
Yesterday morning, the Polo Princesses gave another good performance, following on from their 12-4 win over the home team on Friday as Anya Welch put T&T in the lead 1-0 after the first quarter.
Jamaica drew level in the first minute of the second quarter, but Welch restored the lead shortly after, while Jordan Van Reeken, fighting for position in the critical "hole" position, found the back of the net for Trinidad and Tobago to close out the half leading 3-2.
The Jamaicans evened it up again at the start of the third quarter but the fire power coming from the Princesses was beginning to take its toll as Tianna Joseph scored twice and Welch got her third and Van Reeken scored her second as T&T took a 7-3 lead going into the final session.
Welch scored two more goals in the final period, while Joseph ended the scoring with her second to close off a dominant performance.
In the Under-19 girls' 12-4 win over the hosts on Friday, Welch scored five goals, Van Reeken hit the back of the net four times and Joseph scored three times.
Also on Friday, the T&T boys Under-15 team thrashed Jamaica 24-3 and the boys Under-19 team swept aside the hosts 40-0.
For the boys Under-15 team, Adrian Hinds scored seven times and Christian Gillette and Dyllon Lara both got four each. Also finding the back of net for T&T were Nabeel Hosein (3), Justin Bhola (2), Kryztien Sharpe, Adam Alexis, Takashi Afoon and Kieron Charles.
The Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 boys—preparing for the Junior World Championships in Australia later this year—were led by Jonathan Gillette who scored ten goals. Ryan West chipped in with six, while Daniel Alvarez and Kieron Alexander scored five each.
Russell Ferreira added four and Marc Stuble and Andrew Clarke also put their names on the score sheet with three goals apiece.
Christian Chee Foon and Andrew Chin Lee rounded off the scoring for T&T with one each.