Gaynstead seek all island netball glory
With their first major success in the bag, Gaynstead High School will be going for more glory today when they journey to Juici Park to take on rural champions Denbigh in the all-island finals of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) netball competition.
The school, which was virtually unknown in netball a few years ago,
toppled The Queen's School, which has been the most dominant schoolgirl team in netball.
When the ISSA competition started in September, Queen's had been favourites to dominate again.
The Marvette Anderson-coached team's pride was dented in the preliminary round of the competition by Gaynstead. Drawn in the same group, Gaynstead triumphed by nine goals over the defending champions to give the team a rare loss.
Despite the early loss, Queen's went on to dominate in the second round and in the semi-finals, beating their rivals with ease.
The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead showed that their win over Queen's was no fluke as they won their matches with ease to advance to the final.
In the final, Queen's came out firing in the first five minutes while Gaynstead looked nervous. However, they settled down well as Hinds called several
time out to cool their nerves. Once their confidence improved, they showed they were the real deal.
It was an emotional coach Hinds who said after seeing his team pull off a major win "It is a good one for the girls as they have worked really hard and have shown determination, commitment, and resilience and it paid off."
Hinds said the victory was a great booster for the school community.
"I must thank past Principal Ms Johnson Spence and our sports director, Derrick Brown, as they took the initiative to ensure that the sporting programme at Gaynstead is well developed, and I am elated," he said.