‘Calypso Girls’ crush Guyana
Monday, July 16 2012
Heavy rain caused a lengthy delay on the opening day of the Americas Federation of Netball Association (AFNA) 2012 Championships at the Jean Pierre Complex on Saturday but the “Calypso Girls” eventually got the win their fans had hoped for.
After the opening ceremony was completed, the fans were anxious to see the opening match between the national women and Guyana which was scheduled for the outdoor court. However, the efforts to dry the courts proved unsuccessful resulting in a frsutration among fans who had to wait over two hours to see the hosts in action. When they finally got into action, however, there was no disappointment as the local girls demolished their opponents.
The TT players were not distracted by the delay, and registered a massive 104-10 victory over the Guyanese. Anastascia Wilson led the destruction with whopping 88 goals from 99 attempts. The TT girls were much bigger and faster than the Guyanese who were blown away from the start. Wilson in her 103rd cap, was in impressive form, taking advantage of the opposing defenders who were far too short to deny the 6’2” Goal Shoot, despite her missing 11 attempts.
While the hosts scored at will, the South American team was seldom able to get the ball past the centre. Their first goal came with two minutes remaining in the first period, which ended 24-1.
The local players in the centre — Tricia Liverpool, Rhonda John-Davis and Candice Guerrero — did most of the work, as they stole and intercepted the ball from the Guyanese who looked out of their league. Crystal Ann George and Kemfa Phillip, TT’s starting defensive players were spectators for most of the night.
Meanwhile match two between the United States and Grenada proved quite exciting with the Americans emerging winners.
The US held a 15-1 lead in the first period, however, the “Spice Girls” through some excellent centre court defence work, drew level at 27. They however, ran out of steam down the stretch to give the North Americans a 41-37 win
In the third match of the evening, Barbados inflicted a similar whipping on Bermuda, 101-13, while world number four Jamaica eased past St Lucia 72-31 in the final match of the night.
TT def Guyana 104-10
Barbados def Bermuda 101-13
USA def Grenada 41-37
Jamaica def St Lucia 72-31