December 11, 2009

ASCO One secures another Netball title

The title of M & J Essentials Division One Knock Out champions of the C & R Enterprises Sion Hill Netball Tournament was handed to ASCO One, at least in the last quarter, after some members of Stinger Girls refused to compete.{{more}}

After a competitive first three quarters last Sunday evening at the Sion Hill Playing Field Hard court, some of the nation’s top players stood in the circle and refused to intercept the passes as ASCO One romped home to be double crowned champions.

The quarter scores were 14-13 in ASCO’s favour after the first quarter. The evenly contested final saw the scores being 30-28, with Stinger Girls in the ascendancy at the half way mark.

It became more mouth watering at the end of the third quarter as both teams were locked 39-39.

But in the latter part of the final and decisive quarter, things went sour on the court and it was unpleasant to see players just standing in position and allowing their opponents to score at will.

The final score saw ASCO One triumphing 57 to 48, which did not accurately represent the closeness of the contest.

Top Goal Shooter Jasmine Frank was again in good form with 52 goals from her 57 tries. Her Goal Attack, Thelma Foster scored 5 out of her 7 tries.

Gailene Gordon poured in 27 of her 32 attempts, with another national player, Shellisa Davis making good 21 of her 30 tries.

Frank, for another time in local Netball competitions, was the top goal scorer. Frank netted 252 goals in total. Frank received the Cutting Edge Trophy.

The other major awards presented at last Sunday’s Closing and Presentation Ceremony saw Sea Operations Nar Fen Dem stashing away the $250 cash award for the Most Disciplined Team, along the Most Disciplined Player of $150, which went to Tamara Baptiste. Both cash awards were at the expense of East Kingstown Parliamentary representative Arnhim Eustace.

In addition, the Most Valuable Player of each of the competing teams, six in Division One and seven in Division Two, were rewarded with a trophy.

Nice Radio Pine Hill Clinchers won both the league and Knock Out titles in Division Two. Second in Division One league play was Yanja Young Struggles and third was Stinger Girls.

Second to Clinchers in Division Two league competition was JJ strikers and third, Nar Fren Dem.

The Sion Hill Netball Committee headed by Sylvia Knights-Clarke administrates the tournament which was sponsored by C & R Enterprises for the fifteenth consecutive year.(RT)