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Queen's ominous in ISSA/Digicel netball

Gerald Reid

Sunday, October 28, 2012    

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FORMER champions The Queen's School continued their unbeaten run in Zone 'D' of the ISSA/Digicel Urban Area Junior and Senior netball competitions.

The 2010 champions, coached by Marvette Anderson, have convincingly won all their matches so far, but are looking for better competitive games in the second round.

Anderson said so far both teams have looked very good in the preliminary stages, but the zone is not that competitive and the players need to encounter tougher matches which they are going to expect in the second round.

"We have to rotate our players both in the Junior and Senior League matches, no matter what to scores are. We give every player a chance to look at the areas we need to improve prior to the start of the second round," Anderson said.

The veteran coach said some teams will need a lot of match practice, especially the Seniors as they have been winning too easily without being under any pressure, which could be a problem when the team faces stronger opponents in the second round.

"I expected the second round to be much more competitive than the preliminary round as teams are just playing without any stiff competition just to advance.

"It is much better when a team faces tough opposition as you will know and see the areas to improve," she added.

She said so far, she has not seen any of the teams The Queen's will face in the second round in her group, other than defending Senior League champions St Andrew High, who should be their main rivals.

Last year, St Andrew High defeated 2010 defending champions The Queen's in the Senior League final in one of the most exciting finals seen in many years. Both schools will also be coming up against each other in the Junior League second round.

"This is surely to be another battle royal between us," Anderson said.

The Queen's have retained only five players from last year's losing final, but said the Juniors, who have stepped up, have been fitting in nicely and holding their own.

Of the other schools participating in both Junior and Senior leagues, the ones to match are St Hugh's High, Camperdown High, St Catherine High, St Andrew High and Vauxhall High.

In the Junior League competition, The Queen's have so far defeated Hydel High, 42-14; St Andrew Technical High, 35-7; Ardenne High, 34-9, and Holy Childhood, 24-17.

The Senior League seems a foregone conclusion, with The Queen's crushing Ardenne, 74-4; Campion College, 79-9, and Holy Childhood, 39-14, so far.

Both Junior and Senior League teams from The Queen's will play their final matches in the preliminary rounds tomorrow away against Mona High and should come out easy winners.

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