Saturday, February 24, 2018

UTT edge Army to stay unbeaten

UTT stayed perfect with their fifth win in as many matches in the Courts All Sectors Netball League (ASNL) Premiership, edging Defence Force 41-38 on Saturday at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sporting Arena in Tacarigua.

National and Defence Force goal attack Anastacia Wilson had a match-high 30 goals from 43 attempts, but even her figures, and a fourth quarter comeback by the Army women where they outscored UTT 14-8, were not enough to save the match.

Defence Force's other goals came from goal attack Kimeria James, with five of eight shooting, and goal shoot Karlene Sylvester (3 of 7 attempts).

T&T goal shoot Daystar Swift (19 of 24) led the way for UTT, who sped off to a 15-8 first quarter lead, although the Army battled to within five goals by the halfway mark.

Goal attacks Janelle Barker (10 of 19) and Jillisa Allan (12 of 21), both T&T netballers, helped UTT stay ahead with a 33-24 advantage by the end of the third period, and that lead was good enough for the UTT win.

The other Premiership clash saw Fire scorch Police 51-47 thanks to Afesha Noel's hot streak. The goal shoot piled on 44 goals in her 55 attempts, and the rest of Fire Services' scoring was done by goal attack Simone Morgan (7 of 10).

Police led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, before Fire reversed their deficit to a 27-23 half-time lead. Fire maintained that four-goal advantage in the third, the same margin of victory they finished with.

For Police, T&T Under-21 goal shoot Kalifa McCollin (18 of 23) led the way, while goal shoot Gursher Grant and goal attack Joelisa Cooper each scored 12 goals. Shivaughn Skeete, the other Police goal attack, had five of nine shooting.

In the Championship Division, UWI subjected Defence Force to a 44-15 beating, with goal shoot Abeni Taylor (40 of 54) the pick of the UWI scorers, while Police cooled Fire Services with a 39-32 triumph.