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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013 6:23:52 AM

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Camperdown outclass St Jago

Published: Sunday | October 13, 2013 0 Comments

Camperdown High completed easy wins over St Jago High's junior and senior teams in Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Corporate Area netball competition last Friday at Camperdown.

The host school's junior team won 31-15 before the senior brushed aside St Jago 45-29.

In the junior encounter where both schools have been dominant in Group E, Camperdown, led by good all-round plays from centre Shemika Cephas along with goal defence Shannakay Shand and goal shooter Idara McCarthy, made their intention clear from very early as they raced to a 8-2 first quarter lead.

The early lead seemed to have unsettled St Jago as they showed little resistance to Camperdown who led 15-7 at half-time and 22-11 at the end of the third quarter before pulling away to register their fourth win in a row.

The senior match was very competitive for the first quarter as St Jago had a narrow 10-9 lead at the first break. However, Camperdown, with excellent shooting from goal attack Kestina Sturridge, took control early in the second quarter as they piled on the pressure on their opponents to dominate the remainder of the game.

Defending junior champion, The Queen's School showed that they will be hard to beat once again this year as they demolished José Marti 70-2 in a Group B encounter.
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:32:34 AM

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No-nonsense Queen's score big win

Published: Thursday | November 7, 2013 0 Comments

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

WITH five national Under-16 players in their line-up, defending junior champions The Queen's School were in a no-nonsense mood in their first match of the second round of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Corporate Area competition at Leila Robinson Court on Tuesday, as they put away Tarrant High 32-8.

Showing superior all-round play, the Marvette Anderson-coached team got off to a flying start as they raced to a 7-0 lead before ending the first quarter 8-1.

Goal shooter Simone Gordon, who also represented Jamaica at the Under-21 World Championship in Scotland recently, was hard to contain as she scored with ease to push the defending champions to a 16-5 half-time lead.

Despite resting Gordon for the two remaining quarters, it was one-way traffic as her replacement, 12-year-old Tishana Bailey, and goal attack Shanique Francis kept the momentum going as they led 22-7 at the third quarter.


"It was a good win and we were able to do some good housekeeping. All 12 players were used as we prepare for the tougher games to come," Anderson said.

In other matches, there were two major surprises. Previously unbeaten Camperdown and Hydel High, who topped their respective zones, suffered narrow defeats. Norman Manley stopped Camperdown 22-21, while St Jago beat Hydel 21-20. Convent of Mercy Academy, Alpha, were more decisive in their 27-19 victory over St Hugh's.

Second-round action also got into full swing among the seniors, with former champions St Hugh's emerging the biggest winners on the day, registering a mammoth 55-19 win over St Jago.

In other senior matches, St Catherine High humbled Alpha 45-10, Camperdown squeezed by Norman Manley 28-26, St Andrew High stopped Ardenne 36-18, and Holy Childhood beat Mona 27-13.

In a game played last Friday, defending champions The Queen's School easily brushed aside Excelsior High 55-22.

The competition will continue today at the same venue starting at 1:45 p.m., with six matches each in both the juniors and senior categories.

Today's matches


1:45 p.m. Norman Manley vs St Hugh's

1:45 p.m. Gaynstead vs Camperdown

1:45 p.m. Alpha vs St Catherine

1:45 p.m. Hydel vs Bridgeport

2:45 p.m. Meadowbrook vs Tarrant

2:45 p.m. Queen's vs St Jago


3 p.m. Norman Manley vs Holy Childhood

3 p.m. St Catherine vs Excelsior

3 p.m. St Andrew High vs Camperdown

3 p.m. St Hugh's Alpha

3:50 p.m. Mona vs Ardenne

3:50 p.m. Queen's vs St Jago
Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:05:24 AM

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Norman Manley whip St Hugh’s to take over Group One

C’Down end Gaynstead’s unbeaten run

BY GERALD REID Observer writer

Friday, November 08, 2013

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NORMAN Manley defeated St Hugh's 25-12 to take the lead in Group One of the 2013 ISSA/Digicel Urban Area High Schoolgirls Junior League at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

Rain caused a halt to the matches and had to be shifted to four other venues as a result of a slippery playing surface, which presented a high risk of injury to players.

The Norman Manley aggregation was winning their second game of the second round. They were beaten 32-15 by defending champions The Queen's in the preliminary round in Zone D.

Now they are looking pretty dangerous and will next play Alpha next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Gaynstead High's unbeaten run ended when they were beaten 22-14 by Camperdown High in their Junior League encounter.

Both teams were locked 4-4 at the first quarter break before Camperdown, coached by Wayne Stewart, took a slim 7-6 lead at half-time. The East Kingston-based aggregation took control and ended the third quarter 16-11, then outscored their opponents in the final quarter 6-4 to come out victorious 22-14.

Assistant coach of Gaynstead Derrick Brown, who is acting for head coach Dalton Hinds who is away on umpiring duties at the Fast 5 World Series in New Zealand, said it was a bad day for the players.

"We lost the game in the third quarter and fourth quarter as the attacking players and shooters missed easy shots. However, we still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, providing we win our remaining three matches to even be the runners-up," Brown said.

In other Junior League matches, defending Junior League champions Queen's defeated St Jago High 37-14; St Catherine High got the better of Bridgeport High 20-19 and Hydel High clipped Bridgeport High 20-19.

Former many-time Senior League champions St Hugh's defeated Alpha Academy 31-8 for their second win.

Matches in the Junior and Senior Leagues which were postponed are scheduled to be played on Monday.

Read more: jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Norman-Manley-whip-St-Hugh-s-to-take-over-Group-One_15409774#ixzz2k9pjMPAu
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:16:50 AM

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Queen's face St Catherine test

Published: Wednesday | November 13, 2013 0 Comments

DEFENDING senior champions, The Queen's School, and St Catherine High, will meet in a key group one encounter today, as the third set of matches in the second round of the ISSA/Digicel Corporate Area schoolgirl netball competition continues at Leila Robinson Courts, where six matches each are down for both juniors and seniors.

The 2:30 p.m. encounter between the defending champions and their Spanish Town opponents should be keenly contested as both teams are unbeaten and will be hoping to make it three from three.

The Marvette Anderson-coached Queen's, who are coming off a 27-12 win over St Jago High in their last encounter a week ago, will be stronger as they welcome back their top three players - Shamera Sterling, Shanice Beckford and Khadijah Williams - who returned in the island yesterday after competing in the World Fast 5 Netball Championships in New Zealand with the Jamaica senior team that placed third.

no pushovers

Despite coming in as the underdogs, St Catherine High will be no pushovers as reflected by their second-place finish two years ago and third last year. They have goal defence Jamillah Tulloch, goalkeeper Alexis Francis and goalshooter Tashana Clarke who on their day can be a big threat to any top team.

St Catherine are coming off an easy 31-22 win over Excelsior High in their last encounter

In group one, both St Andrew High and Holy Childhood, who are unbeaten in senior action, will be hoping to extend their winning record today. St Andrew, fresh from their 29-25 win over Camperdown in a rescheduled game at Mico two days ago, will meet Mona, while Holy Childhood will do battle with Camperdown.

Today's matches


1 p.m. Camperdown vs St Hugh's

1 p.m. Alpha vs Gaynstead

1 p.m. Norman Manley vs St Catherine

1 p.m. St Jago vs Bridgeport

1:45 p.m. Meadowbrook vs Queen's

1:45 p.m. Hydel vs Tarrant


1:45 p.m. Camperdown vs Holy Childhood

1:45 p.m. Norman Manley vs Ardenne

2:30 p.m. St Hugh's vs Excelsior

2:30 p.m. St. Catherine vs Queen's

2:45 p.m. St Jago vs Alpha

2:45 p.m. Mona vs St Andrew
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:04:59 AM

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Victory puts Queen's in semis

Published: Tuesday | November 19, 2013 0 Comments

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

DEFENDING senior champions, The Queen's High, are through to the semi-final of the ISSA/Digicel Corporate Area schoolgirl netball competition, after a pulsating 39-32 victory over St Hugh's High at the Leila Robinson Courts, National Stadium complex, yesterday afternoon.

Victory allowed Queen's to end on 12 points, the same like St Catherine High and St Hugh's, but they qualified from Group Two as the best second-place team on goal difference ahead of St Catherine. St Hugh's topped the group with the best goal difference.

With the knowledge that they could only advance with a win, a business-like Queen's, with national senior representatives Shamera Sterling, Khadijah Williams and Shanice Beckford, were in top form and led from start to finish. They were 12-7 at the first quarter and 29-25 at half-time.

Winning coach Marvette Anderson was elated with Queen's success.

"Going into the semi-final means a lot as the girls have worked hard all season, and after suffering from jet lag in their encounter with St Catherine, they came out with more purpose today as they knew it was a must-win situation for them and they delivered," she said.

Despite losing, St Hugh's coach, Roy Pryce, was pleased with his team's effort.

"It was a very good game as both teams are very good and we came out to win, but Queen's, knowing that they had to win, came out more purposeful," said Pryce.


St Catherine trounced St Jago High 56-16 but failed to advance due to their inferior goal difference.

Also advancing to tomorrow's senior semi-finals were St Andrew High and Holy Childhood. St Andrew High topped Group One with 13 points after beating Norman Manley High 42-24, while Holy Childhood finished second after stopping Ardenne High 34-13.

In the semi-finals, Queen's will meet St Andrew, while St Hugh's will face Holy Childhood.

Queen's juniors also qualify for the semi-finals. The defending champions brushed aside Hydel 41-20 to top Group Two ahead of Tarrant, who were idle yesterday as Bridgeport had earlier withdrawn from the competition.

Queen's will meet Camperdown in one semi-final as Camperdown stopped Alpha 30-8 to finish second in Group One. The other semi-final will see Group One winners Norman Manley meeting Tarrant. Norman Manley ended with maximum 15 points after stopping Gaynstead 24-16.

Yesterday's Results


St Hugh's 20, St Catherine 14

St Jago 29, Meadowbrook 27


Excelsior 36, Alpha 17

Camperdown 34, Mona 16
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:02:41 PM

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Queen's, St Hugh's, Tarrant advance in Senior League

BY GERALD REID Observer writer

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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THE Queen's High, St Hugh's and Tarrant came out victorious in their respective semi-finals in the 2013 ISSA/Digicel Urban High Schoolgirls Netball League at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

Queen's, who are the defending champions for both Junior and Senior Leagues, defeated Camperdown High and St Andrew to reach the final. They beat Camperdown 25-18 in the Juniors and 48-25 in the Seniors.

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Meanwhile, many-time Senior League champions St Hugh's had to work harder to beat Holy Childhood 34-27 in their Senior League encounter, while Tarrant came out 25-18 winners over Norman Manley High in their Junior League semi-final.

Marvette Anderson, coach of both Queen's Junior and Senior League teams, said she is very happy for both wins and will be looking forward to the finals where it will be other tough encounters.

"It is the first time Queen's senior team was pushed to the limit this season and the girls played extremely well," Anderson said.

She said St Andrew played well but they have a fairly new team, but Queen's are more experience and held their own nicely despite a spirited challenge from her opponents.

"Playing StHugh's in the Senior League final next Wednesday won't be easy as they will not be sitting back and allow us to dictate the match," she added.

Roy Pryce, coach of St Hugh's, said the game between Holy Childhood and his team was a good one and the girls played well.

"We, however, had to fight hard in the early quarters before applying more pressure to pull away to a good win," Pryce said.

Meanwhile, Tarrant will be playing in the Junior League final for the first time, and coach Cecile Knight was very happy for the win.

"It was not an easy game with Norman Manley... it was very closely contested until we stepped it up in the fourth and final quarter to come out winners," Knight said.

Meanwhile, Shanice Beckford scored 42 goals from 44 attempts in Queen's win. They led 26-13 at half time, while Orneilla Walters scored 13-22 and Antonia Mason 12 from 15 attempts for St Andrew.

Kadie-Ann Duhaney scored 32 goals from 39 attempts for St Hugh's, who led 28-19 at half time, while Dominique Grant got 18 from 21 for Holy Childhood.

Read more: jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Queen-s--St-Hugh-s--Tarrant-advance-in-Senior-League_15488713#ixzz2lJSEugtE
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:40:11 AM

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Queen's at the double

Published: Friday | December 6, 2013 0 Comments

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

The Queen's School won the junior and senior titles at the all-island netball finals of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel schoolgirls competition at Manchester High yesterday.

Queen's juniors eased past Denbigh High 29-17 to retain their all-island title but the seniors went to sudden death before defeating defending champions Holmwood 47-45.

"I am extremely happy for the win and I would first like to thank God. The girls played hard and deserve this win and I am happy for them. Holmwood are true champions as they really made us fight hard for this," said winning coach, Marvette Anderson.

Despite the loss, Carlene Graham had high praises for her girls.

"Ten years ago, we employed God as our technical director, and that's why we have been champions and I want to give him all the glory. I am proud of my girls and hats off to Queen's," Graham-Powell said.

The feature game was close throughout and the teams were locked at 34-34 at full-time, sending the match into 10 minutes of extra-time.

Earlier, Queen's, led by goalkeeper Shamera Sterling, goal shooter Shanice Beckford; and goal attack Khadijah Williams, led 17-15 at half-time and were ahead 26-20 at the end of the third quarter.

At the start of the final quarter, the Holmwood coach made a tactical change, switching Shanique Dixon from wing attack to goal shooter, replacing TracyAnn Francis. The move paid off.

Grabbed the initiative

Led by the outstanding Nicole Dixon, Holmwood had their best for period of the match and forced the match into extra time.

Queen's grabbed the initiative in the first of two five-minute periods to lead 40-37 at the first break. At the midpoint of the final quarter, Queen's extended their lead to 42-38. However, the defending champions rallied once more, and at the end of extra time, the teams were even at 43-43.

It came down to sudden death. To seal the win, one of the teams had to lead by two goals. It was the defending champions that struck first as they led 44-43 before the Queen's tied at 44-44.

After taking the lead at 46-45, the Queen's goalkeeper, Sterling, made a big interception and fed teammate Beckford, who made no mistake.

Beckford top scored for the champions with 39 goals from 51 attempts, while Williams had eight from 11. For Holmwood, Nicole Dixon had 27 from 41.
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