Chetwood vs Catherine Hall

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STRETCHING OUT: The flamboyant Natania Fairclough the drive in the Chetwood team, plucks a ball under her control during her schools match against Success in their St. James Netball Foundation/Burger King Under-12 game played at the Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Chetwood won 9-6 in that gamke and remain undefeated - Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts photo

Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts

In-form and resurgent, high-flying Chetwood will look to maintain their stance at the summit of the standings while Catherine Hall hunt a first win when play resumes tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, in the preliminary round of the St. James Netball Foundation Burger King Under-12 Competition being played at the Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Chetwood, playing a nice brand of attacking netball not seen in recent years and one of the installed favourites, go in search of a fourth straight win when they meet the tottering Catherine Hall in what should be a competitive affair between the longtime rivals.

Catherine Hall have been struggling so far in the campaign, but down to challenge one of their fiercest rivals, they are expected to bring their ‘A’ game to the table for what is the feature game of the round.

Another struggling ex-champion, Barracks Road, are also listed to be on show when they line-up against the on-and-off Hosanna Prep in the first game of the day’s triple header.

Barracks Road are joint third in their zone on three points with just one win from their games played and they will be hoping for another three points to cut the lead in the zone.

However, the Barracks Road team is down to face an unpredictable opposition in Hosanna Prep, already with four points and can only surge ahead with an outright victory.

In the other scheduled game, cellar dwellers John’s Hall and St. Mary’s Prep clash for a shot to move off the foot of the standings.

St. Mary’s Prep, despite showing slight improvement, sit rock bottom in the standings and are one of three  teams yet to record a win or a point.
John’s Hall, with three going into the game, are joint third with three points after their solitary win.

POSITIONS

Chetwood hold top spot in Zone One with 9 points, three ahead of the defending champions Corinaldi (6), who have played a game less.

John Rollins and Howard Cooke, each with three points and Catherine Hall, along with Irwin yet to get off the mark, are the teams rounding out the table.

In the other zone, flying Flanker, are ahead of the pack with nine points, followed by Hosanna Prep, four, and two schools, John’s Hall and Barracks Road, each with three (3).

Somerton, with a solitary point from their drawn game and St. Mary’s Prep with zero, complete the list.

FLANKER WINS AGAIN

In the previous round, Flanker, John Rollins and Howard Cooke each recorded wins, keeping alive their chances of making progress to the next round.

Flanker, last year’s beaten finalists and so far one of two teams showing form, continued their scoring of more than 10 points in each game with a 15-3 clobbering of Hosanna Prep.

With sweeping passes, Flanker made their intentions clear from the get-go and established a 5-0 lead at the close of the opening 8 minutes. They allowed a solitary goal in the second quarter but still dropped three as they went into the break 8-1 ahead.

Hosanna managed another two goals in the third quarter, but it was not enough as Flanker, with three and four in the final quarter after they were held scoreless wrapped up the win in emphatic style.

In other games, John Rollins Success ticked off their first win in a narrow 7-4 beating of late entrants Irwin, who steadily scored one goal per half. Howard Cooke ensured Catherine Hall remained off the points board with a 6-3 beating.

Tuesday, May 28 schedule

Barracks Road vs Hosanna@10

John’ Hall vs St. Mary’s Prep @11

Catherine Hall vs Chetwood @12

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