ISSA schoolgirls netball heats up with second round
FOLLOWING six weeks of preliminary action, competition in the ISSA Urban Schoolgirl Netball competition will step up a notch as second-round games will get under way today at the Leila Robinson Courts starting at 1:30 p.m. Both winners and runners up of their respective groups in the preliminary round have been placed in two groups of six where five sets of matches will be played. From there, the winners and runners up will advance to the semi finals on Friday November 24 at the same venue.
Defending senior champions, Excelsior High, who will start favourites to retain their title, were very impressive in the preliminary round. They went unbeaten, winning their group and as a result, have been placed in Group 1. Here, they will face 2015 champions, Camperdown High and St Catherine High, who were also unbeaten in the preliminary round. The group will be completed by Holy Trinity, Tivoli and former champions Ardenne, who were all runners up from their groups.
Unbeaten Gaynstead High, who were beaten finalists last year, along with many time champions The Queen's School, and Norman Manley High are the top teams in Group 2. Here, they will be joined by, Immaculate Conception High, Campion College and St Andrew Technical.
After taking back-to-back titles last year, defending Junior champions Gaynstead High will be hoping to make it three in a row this time and they head Group 2 after easily topping their preliminary round group. Two other group winners in Norman Manley and Queen's will lock horns in this group.
Preliminary round group winners, St Hugh's High, St Catherine High and Camperdown High will lead the charge in Group 1. This group also features runners up Mona High, Holy Childhood and Jose Marti Technical.
• St Catherine High vs Mona 1:30 p.m.
• Holy Childhood vs Camperdown 1:30 p.m.
• Jose Marti vs St. Hugh's 1:30 p.m.
• Merl Grove vs Queen's 1:30 p.m.
• Papine vs Gaynstead 2:15 p.m.
• Excelsior vs Norman Manley 2:15 p.m.
• St Catherine vs Tivoli 2:15 p.m.
• Ardenne vs Camperdown 2:15 p.m.
• Holy Trinity vs Excelsior 3:00 p.m.
• STATHS vs Queen's 3:00 p.m.
• Immaculate vs Gaynstead 3:15 p.m.
• Campion vs Norman Manley 3:15 p.m.