Cooper, McCollin burn Army nets in ASNL

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 16:45

Goal-shoot­er Joelisa Coop­er and goal-at­tack Kali­fa Mc­Collin were supreme un­der the ring to lead de­fend­ing cham­pi­on in the Pre­mier­ship Di­vi­sion, Fire Ser­vice, to a cool 50-35 vic­to­ry over De­fence Force in the Courts All Sec­tors Net­ball League.

This was in the last of five match­es played on Sat­ur­day evening at the East­ern Re­gion­al In­door Sports Are­na in Tacarigua when teams in bot the top cat­e­go­ry and the Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion opened com­pe­ti­tion in the 30th edi­tion of the league.


Both shoot­ers shot with ac­cu­ra­cy above 95 per cent with for­mer na­tion­al se­nior cap­tain Coop­er net­ting 26 goals from 27 at­tempts and Mc­Collin, who is head­ing to New Zealand to con­tin­ue her pro­fes­sion­al ca­reer, to help Fire suc­cess­ful­ly open the de­fence of its Pre­mier­ship ti­tle.

De­spite hav­ing a shaky start trail­ing at the end of the first quar­ter 13-8, the fire­women re­bound­ed in the sec­ond ses­sion to take the lead at half­time, 22-19.

On the oth­er end, led by na­tion­al play­er Jameela Mc­Carthy (21/28) and for­mer T&T shoot­er Anas­tas­cia Wil­son (14/20), the army/coast­guard com­bi­na­tion unit fought hard to stay in con­tention in the third pe­ri­od but Fire con­tin­ued to blaze and pushed fur­ther ahead to hold a 34-26 ad­van­tage, head­ing in­to the fourth quar­ter.

Play re­mained in favour of Fire, which went on to outscore its op­po­nent, 16-9 to seal the com­fort­able 15-goal vic­to­ry.

Ear­li­er in the oth­er match in the pre­mier di­vi­sion, goal-keep­er Kielle Con­nel­ly and goal-de­fence Ani­ka La Roche sub­dued the Keleli­cia George-led at­tack with an in­ten­si­ty that lift­ed the whole side in the clash of the Po­lice teams. The de­fen­sive duo's ef­forts lead Po­lice X to a 36-31 win over its "Y" team in the see-saw match.

Po­lice X held a nar­row lead in the first 9-8 un­til Po­lice Y edged ahead with a 15-14 ad­van­tage. How­ev­er, the X team re­claimed the lead and moved away by six goals (26-20) in the third be­fore clos­ing out the five-goal win.

Goal-shoot­er Jil­lisa Al­lan scored the bulk of the win­ning team's goals pro­duc­ing 28 off 37 while na­tion­al youth cap­tain George was best for Po­lice Y with 20 in 28 tries.

The ac­tion con­tin­ues to­day with a triple-head­er in the Al­ter­na­tive Di­vi­sion. The first pass is at 5.30 pm.


Pre­mier­ship Di­vi­sion

De­fence Force 35 (Anas­tas­cia Wil­son 14/20, Jameela Mc­Carthy 21/28) vs Fire 50 (Joelisa Coop­er 26/27, Kali­fa Mc­Collin 24/25). Quar­ter scores: 1st. 13-8 (D Force), 2nd. 22-19 (Fire), 3rd. 34-26 (Fire).

Po­lice X 36 (Jil­lisa Al­lan 28/37, Je­selle Navar­ro 7/11, Gur­shi­er Grant 1/1) vs Po­lice Y 31 (Tahi­rah Hollingsworth 11/27, Keleli­cia George 20/28). Quar­ter scores: 1st. 9-8 (Po­lice X), 2nd. 15-14 (Po­lice Y), 3rd. 26-20 (Po­lice X).

Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion

De­fence Force 23 (Melis­sa Snag­gs 6/13, Make­da Pierre 10/25, So­journ­er Hyles-Lewis 7/12) vs UTC 41 (Crys­tal Noel-Cock­burn 12/20, Avi-Ann Archie 12/14, De­bra Su­perville 12/15, Lil­i­ah Matthews 5/10). Quar­ter scores: 1st. 10-4, 2nd. 22-11, 3rd. 32-17 (UTC).

Jabloteh 44 (La Toya Thomas 37/54, Giselle Hob­son 7/15) vs Po­lice X 36 (Raquel Rus­sell 23/39, Dones­sa Wick­ham 8/14, Lystra Solomon-Si­im­mons 5/5). Quar­ter scores: 1st. 9-7 (Po­lice X), 2nd. 19-18 (Po­lice X), 3rd. 29-27 (Jabloteh).

Fire Lee Ann O'Brien 14/29, Pearl St John 16/27, Ayan­na Pe­ters 4/9) vs UTT 31 (Cameisha Leslie 24/32, Aaliyah Mod­este 7/16, Ak­i­lah Fran­cis 0/0). Quar­ter scores: 1st. 11-6, 2nd. 20-12, 3rd. 27-22 (All in favour of Fire).

Tues­day's Match­es

Al­ter­na­tive Di­vi­sion

Po­lice Y vs MIC Tigers, 5.30 pm

Po­lice X vs Jabloteh, 6.20 pm

TT Post vs USC, 7.10 pm

Reporter: Rachael Thompson-King