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November 29, 2012
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Netball Queens - Corporate area school claims rare double crown
RAYMOND GRAHAM, Star Writer


The Queen's School's Khadijah Williams (left) and St Andrew High's Ornella Walters challenge for a rebound during the Digicel ISSA Corporate Area Under-19 netball final at the Leila Robinson Courts. Williams scored 26 goals in her school's 35-28 win. - Gladstone Taylor

The Queen's School achieved the rare feat of claiming the corporate area schoolgirl netball double crown after defeating St Hugh's High and St Andrew High in the junior and senior team finals, respectively, at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

After seeing their junior team winning 32-29, the senior team returned for the sweep by stopping St Andrew High 35-28. In the feature game, it was sweet revenge for Queen's, as three weeks ago, with coach Marvette Anderson away on national senior duties, in New Zealand, they were humbled 35-19 by St Andrew. Riding high on the back of an unbeaten streak all season the Jennifer Brown-coached team came into the final full of confidence. After the first five minutes, they looked well set to continue that trend and with four quick goals from the tall sturdy goal shooter Titania Clarke, raced to a quick 5-1 lead. However, after settling down, Queen's came into their own in the latter stage of the quarter as they reduced the deficit to 10-8 after the first break.

Coming out determined at the start of the second quarter, Queen's, led by some excellent attacking play from centre Priscilla Thomas, who replaced Abigail Fearon, along with goal attack Khadijah Williams and goal shooter Ramona Haughton, came into their own and took the lead for the first time, at 12-11, mid-way the quarter. Both teams traded goals for the remainder of the half, before Queen's held on to a narrow 17-16 lead at the break.

The third quarter remained competitive but the defending champions wasted several opportunities to take control of the game. Clarke, despite her height advantage, had a nightmare inside the circle as she missed several easy scoring chances as their opponent took advantage of the situation to open a three-point lead of 24-21 after the third quarter.

Queen's piled on the pressure for the remainder of the game, and, despite a little lapse towards the end of the game, raced away for a comfortable win.

Anderson, who was seeing her team winning the senior title for the first time, was very elated.

"I am feeling very happy, the girls worked really hard and it goes to show that hard work will be rewarded in the end. The team really worked hard after their loss to St Andrew High a few weeks ago." Anderson told Star Sports.

"Having lost to them earlier it showed that they were not invincible and that defeat helped them today," said Anderson.

Losing coach Jennifer Brown was disappointed with her team's loss, but thought they did well.

"I thought the girls panicked a bit during the game, and if they had kept their composure things would have been different, but there were too many turnovers and it cost us."

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