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ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Schoolgirls Netball Competition (Holmwood, Denbigh claim rural netball titl Options
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:47:45 AM

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Holmwood clobber neighbours Christiana in school netball

BY GERALD REID Observer writer

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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HOLMWOOD Technical registered a convincing 58-5 win over Chistiana High in the Junior League of the ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Schoolgirls Netball Competition at Holmwood school court, last Friday.

The Manchester-based Holmwood were playing their first match since the death of four of their schoolmates late last month.

According to coach Carline Graham-Powell, things are still a little shaky, but slowly progressing after the fatal traffic accident that rocked the island.

She said the seniors, who are the all-island and rural area champions, will begin their title defence against Knox College this afternoon.

The Holmwood coach added that Knox College junior and senior teams have not lost a match and currently lead Zone E.

Other matches scheduled for today

* Rusea's vs Anchovy

* William Knibb High vs Holland

* Herbert Morrison vs Spot Valley

* Little London vs Belmont

* Green Island vs Grange Hill

* Newell vs Lacovia

* Cross Keys vs Manchester

* Winston Jones vs Bishop Gibson

* Clarendon College vs Thompson Town

* Charlemont vs Old Harbour

* Glengoffe vs Dinthill Technical

* Tacky vs Oracabessa

* St Hilda's vs Ferncourt

* Westwood vs Marcus Garvey

* Albert Town vs Cedric Castle

* Happy Grove vs Port Antonio

* Titchfield vs St Thomas Technical

(Home teams are named first. Junior League starts at 2:30 pm and the senior at approximately 3:30)

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:07:25 AM

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Titchfield score easy win over Clarendon College

Gerald Reid

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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TITCHFIELD of Portland defeated Clarendon College 43-19 as the second round of the 2013 ISSA/Digicel Rural Area High School Junior and Senior League netball competitions got under way at The Queen's High School Courts yesterday.

The Portlanders, coached by Winston Wilson, maintained their unbeaten run after topping Zone L of their preliminary round. Titchfield led throughout the four quarters after a slow first quarter in which they only led 9-6.

[Hide Description] Goalkeeper Tisje Brown (centre) of Titchfield High tries to defend against Clarendon College during their 2013 ISSA/Digicel Rural Area High School Senior League netball competition at The Queen’s High School courts yesterday. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)
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In the last three quarters, Titchfield applied more pressure on their opponents, leading 22-11 at the end of the second quarter. Their shooters Tanielle Lee and Sherifah McKessie outscored Clarendon College 17-12 for a lead of 39-18 at the third quarter break before pulling away to the easy win.

Goalkeeper Tisje Brown played a key role in defending well and also restricting the Clarendon shooters from scoring on many occasions with her neat blocking and interceptions.

Meanwhile, Titchfield juniors also kept their unbeaten winning streak intact with a 33-13 win over Claude McKay High, also at the Queen's Courts.

Titchfield have not lost a game since the season, but drew with Yallahs in the preliminary round.

Titchfield juniors, who are also coached by Wilson, led in all four quarters 7-6, 13-8 and 19-12.

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Holmwood looking to win for late skipper Shakeria

By Oshane Tobias

Friday, November 08, 2013

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CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon — Despite scoring massive victories in their opening second-round fixtures, Holmwood Technical coach Carline Graham-Powell believes both her Senior and Junior League teams have the potential to be even more ruthless in the ISSA/Digicel schoolgirl netball competitions.

The Seniors romped past Charlemont 55-7, while the Juniors turned back Tacius Golding 44-13 in their Group Four match-ups at Clarendon Park on Wednesday.

Throughout both contests, Graham-Powell could be heard on the sideline instructing her players to be more clinical.

"Play against the clock,"

she urged.

In her post-game interview, Graham-Powell later revealed that was simply her way of trying to keep "the girls" motivated.

"Whenever you are playing against a weak opponent you can't afford to slack up. You have to try to maintain a certain standard," she said.

"If you become complacent against the weaker teams you will have issues later on in the competition when you meet the stronger teams."

And this season, in particular, they cannot afford to "slack up". They are on a mission.

"We want to win for Shakeria," Graham-Powell revealed.

Shakeria Muschett was one of the four Holmwood Technical students who died in September, resulting from that "catastrophic bus crash, allegedly triggered by improper overtaking", along the Chudleigh main road in Manchester.

Fifteen-year-old Muschett was the captain of the school's Junior League netball team and also a member of the Jamaica Under-16 squad.

On the day of the accident, she was due to lead her team into action against Bellefield High in their opening game of the season. Understandably, the tragedy forced the game to be postponed. But, while Holmwood have since far gone on to qualify for the second round of the competition, playing without their leader has not been easy.

"It's a bit difficult," Graham-Powell told the Jamaica Observer. "Early season we had a game plan, but with the death of Shakeria we have to be making some adjustments. People have to be changing role so the junior team is not where we want it to be. In fact, both teams still have a lot to do."

Today when they take on Claude McKay at Clarendon College in Chapelton, their opponent might not be strong enough to constantly keep them on their toes, but rest assured that they will be focused on the mission at hand, even if it means playing against the clock.

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:08:51 AM

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Top seeds remain perfect in rural netball

By Oshane Tobias

Saturday, November 09, 2013

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THERE were no surprises in the latest set of second-round games in the ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Junior and Senior League netball competitions, with top seeds Holmwood Technical, Manchester, STETHS, Denbigh, and Titchfield all scoring comfortable victories yesterday.

The defending Junior League champions STETHS picked up an easy result at Moneague College, scoring a 21-6 victory over St Hilda's in Group Two, who also had winners in Frome -- 29-15 against Montego Bay High.

[Hide Description] Glenmuir's Thea Grant (right) challenges Titchfield's Trisana Fairweather in the ISSA/Digicel Senior (Under-19) League netball game at The Queen's School, yesterday. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)
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In Group One, Anchovy handed Lacovia their second defeat in as many games, 32-19; Herbert Morrison Technical got by Petersfield 32-21, while STETHS beat Ocho Rios 18-5.

In Group Three, Denbigh beat Yallahs 33-20; Knox College were 29-14 winners over Edwin Allen, while Charlemont defeated Oracabessa 29-19.

Holmwood were comfortable victors against Claude McKay in Group Four, beating the Clarendon school 40-8 in Chapelton. In that same group, Glenmuir outscored Titchfield 15-12, while St Mary High got off the mark with a 29-18 win over Tacius Golding. St Mary drew their first game against Glenmuir 24-all.

May Day were awarded three points for their game against Mount Alvernia, who withdrew from the Junior League competition.

Meanwhile, Senior League champions Holmwood turned in another big performance, 77-10, to power past Clarendon College, who were losing their second successive game, at Clarendon Park.

The Christiana-based school were joined by Portlanders Titchfield High as the only other team to win two games in Group Four, when they beat Glenmuir 26-13 at The Queen's School. Also at The Queen's, Marymount rebounded from Wednesday's defeat to Glenmuir with a 23-15 win over Charlemont.

At the Montego Bay Cricket Club in St James, Manning's pipped William Knibb 29-28 in Group One, while Anchovy got by Hampton 26-24, and Bishop Gibson thrashed Albert Town 44-25.

In St Ann, Manchester High, the favourite for Group Two's top spot, turned back Mount Alvernia 56-25 for their second win, while STETHS and Frome Tech also notched respective victories over Ocho Rios High and Muschett.

STETHS were 38-14 winners over Ocho Rios, while Muschett were beaten 5-34 by Frome.

Former champions Denbigh High maintained their 100 per cent win record in Group Three following a huge 59-10 victory against Yallahs at The Queen's. Also in Group Three, Edwin Allen stopped Knox 32-25, while Old Harbour played out a 22-22 tie with St Mary High, who were earning their first point.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:55:14 AM

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Holmwood overcome tough Titchfield in Senior League

By Oshane Tobias

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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HOLMWOOD Technical continued their march towards the quarter-finals of the ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Senior League netball competition, but were made to work extremely hard against Group Four rivals Titchfield High for their third consecutive win yesterday.

Following comfortable victories in their two previous encounters, the defending champions were expected to face their first real test in Titchfield, who had also notched consecutive victories coming into this fixture.

And as it turned out, the Carline Graham-Powell Christiana-based girls were indeed pushed to the limit by their Portland counterparts, managing only a 32-31 victory in a nail-biting contest at GC Foster College.

Despite the scare, this win means the defending champions are now sole leaders of Group Four on nine points, three ahead of Titchfield and Marymount, who turned back the winless Clarendon College, 28-21.

Bishop Gibson (nine) also took over sole leadership in Group One with an impressive 45-26 win over the previously unbeaten Manning's School at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), where Manchester High also notched their third win on the bounce, beating Frome Technical 48-17 to share Group Two honours with STETHS, who thrashed Muschett High 51-7 at Belmont Academy.

Denbigh High maintained their hold on Group Three following a 64-25 beating of Old Harbour High, while Edwin Allen kept pace with a 31-10 triumph over St Mary High.

Meanwhile, in Junior League play, title holders STETHS were brutal against Montego Bay High, beating the St James school 50-3 to inch closer to a quarter-final berth from Group Two.

Manchester-based May Day are tied on nine points with STETHS after continuing their impressive start in a 30-10 victory over Frome.

Manchester, who defeated Petersfield High 29-11, head Group One, while Denbigh and Knox College remain atop Group Three with three wins apiece following respective victories against Charlemont and Yallahs.

Holmwood, like their seniors, just managed to hold off Titchfield 17-13 to stay ahead in Group Four.

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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:30:14 PM

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STETHS relinquish Junior League crown

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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MAY PEN, Clarendon — As it turned out, STETHS' surprise defeat to May Day High in front of their home support on Tuesday wasn't just a game that they could have afforded to lose. It was more a reflection of their form this season.

The 24-15 loss in Santa Cruz had left many questioning their ability to successfully defend their ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Junior League netball title; the defeat consigning them to second place in Group Two and a potential banana skin quarter-final match-up against Knox College — yet another of the rising stars of this year's competition.

[Hide Description] Rashawna Gibbs (left), Knox College's towering goal-shooter, takes a catch ahead of STETHS goal-defender Kimeka Daley in yesterday's ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Junior League netball quarter-final at Clarendon Park. Knox won 31-23.
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And though they looked slightly the better team up the half-way stage, Knox — third place finishers from the last campaign — just did not offer them any hope for atonement.

As their coach, Janice Burke, put it, "Defensively we weren't strong," and by the time Knox overturned the lead in the third quarter, STETHS just could not keep up with Knox's giant shooter Tashawna Gibbs.

They eventually lost the contest 31-23, sparking wild celebration from the Knox camp.

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 9:14:04 AM

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NETBALL: Denbigh High go in search of double-title in schoolgirls netball competition

Published: Monday December 2, 2013 | 8:50 am 0 Comments

Denbigh High will be hunting a double-title when the rural area ISSA/Digicel schoolgirls netball competitions resume today with the senior and junior finals at Clarendon Park.

Denbigh will contest both finals.

In the junior final, Denbigh will face Knox College at 2 p.m. and then in the senior final they will play defending champions Holmwood Technical at 2:45 p.m.

Action will get under way at 1 p.m. with the third-place playoffs.

Manchester High will face Herbert Morrison Comprehensive in the junior match while Titchfield will oppose Manchester in the senior playoff.
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:35:35 PM

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Holmwood, Denbigh claim rural netball titles

BY OSHANE TOBIAS Observer writer

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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MAY PEN, Clarendon — Holmwood Technical denied Denbigh High the ISSA/Digicel Rural Area schoolgirl netball double after holding on to defend their Senior League title with a nerve-racking 37-34 victory at Clarendon Park yesterday.

Denbigh had earlier defeated Knox College 19-16 to claim the Junior League title, but got off to the worst possible start in the Senior League as Holmwood established a huge nine-point lead early in the first-half.

[Hide Description] Angella Chaplin (left) of ISSA and Mark Martin of Digicel (right) pose for pictures with the victorious Holmwood High team after winning the ISSA/Digicel Rural Area Senior Netball League crown at Clarendon Park yesterday. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID)
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An amazing third-quarter collapse would, however, allow Denbigh to not only reduce Holmwood's deficit but also edge ahead by as many as two points (27-25).

But even with this dip in form, the feeling around the venue was that Holmwood had already done the hard work in the first and only needed to score their centre passes to see off the surging Denbigh team.

An elated Carline Graham-Powell, the Holmwood coach, dedicated the victory to late Junior League captain Shakeria Muschett, who died in the recent minibus crash involving students from the Christiania-based school.

"Honestly, I'm so elated. We just have to give God the glory because we really couldn't have done it without him," said Graham-Powell, before adding, "It was a tough game. Denbigh really came out and pushed us but in the end we came out on top."

"This is certainly what Shakeria would have wanted," she continued. "She's not with us and the tears are still here, but we knew we had to go out and do it."

For Denbigh coach, Christine Bartley, it was a bitter-sweet afternoon of netball after earlier watching her U-16s rallying for a three-point victory against Knox in the Junior League.

"I had no doubt that the juniors would pull through, but we really wanted the double," said Bartley in her post-game interview. "However, I can't beat the girls. To come back from nine goals to lose by three is certainly a big effort."

Holmwood and Denbigh will now turn their attention to the All-Island play-offs against The Queen's School - who won the Urban Area double - on Thursday at Clarendon Park.

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