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Jamaica net emphatic win

Jamaica net emphatic win

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica’s junior Sunshine Girls produced a convincing performance to trounce hosts Barbados and clinch the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Championship at the National Stadium here on Friday night. In the long-anticipated clash of the unbeaten teams, Jamaica started strongly and never relinquished the advantage, as they stormed to an emphatic 35-21 result. Their success was propelled by goal shoot Lori Daley, who scored 24 goals from 32 attempts, while Zandra Cohen provided support with 11 from 12 attempts. For Barbados, goal attack Brianna Holder scored 11 from 19 attempts, while the usually prolific Tower Lorde was a perfect eight from eight. Jamaica threatened to put the game out of sight from the first quarter when they stormed to an 11-2 lead at the first break. In the second quarter, they outscored their opponents 9-5 to lead 20-7 at the half-time whistle. Jamaica again dominated in the third quarter, thanks to Cohen, who netted seven from seven, while Daley sank four of her five attempts. ASSURED VICTORY They were virtually assured of victory, leading 31-12 at the start of the final quarter and even though they were outscored 9-5 by the Barbadians, the Caribbean powerhouses were never in any real danger of losing. Jamaica ended on 35 points, four clear of the second-placed Barbados, while Dominica were a distant third on 22 ahead of St Lucia, courtesy of goal average. Grenada and Bermuda were fifth and sixth, respectively, after finishing on 17 points each, with Trinidad and Tobago second from last on eight points. Antigua and Barbuda finished without a win or a point. Dominica’s third-place finish came after they came from behind and produced a thrilling final-quarter effort to edge Bermuda 21-20 in a close contest. They were down 3-6 after the first quarter, 10-11 at half-time and had fallen behind by five, 12-17, at the start of the final period. However, goalshooter Celena Langlaise came up huge when it mattered, sinking eight goals from nine attempts, as Dominica outscored the Bermudians 9-3 to snatch victory. Overall, Langlaise finished with 20 from 25 attempts, while for Bermuda, Donnauri Robinson shot 15 from 21. Meanwhile, Grenada trounced the hapless Antigua 47-8, behind Brianna Durant’s 21 from 26 attempts and fellow goal shoot Carlene Alexander’s 21 from 28 attempts. In the other game of the evening, St Lucia beat T&T 31-18.last_img read more

Keane is talking nonsense! Everton boss Martinez hits out at Ireland number two

Keane is talking nonsense! Everton boss Martinez hits out at Ireland number two

first_img1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hit out at Roy Keane, accusing him of talking “complete nonsense”.Keane, the Republic of Ireland number two, last week claimed Martinez was putting pressure on James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman not to play in international games if they have slight injuries.McCarthy missed Ireland’s qualifier against Scotland, prompting Keane to claim: “I worry that he is under lots of pressure, particularly from Everton’s point of view.“You always get the impression from Everton that Seamus and James are both barely able to walk.“So when they actually turn up and they are walking through the reception, you think ‘Praise the Lord, it’s a miracle’.”Keane, who is also assistant boss of the Toffees’ Premier League rivals Aston Villa, went on to suggest talks were required between Martinez and Ireland manager Martin O’NeillBut the comments have only served to rile Martinez, who insists he already has a good relationship with O’Neill and would never stop players from representing their countries.“It is complete nonsense,” said the Spaniard, speaking ahead of visit of West Ham on Saturday.“We have a good relationship with Martin O’Neill and we keep in touch frequently and share information.“We are always very proud when our players represent their countries, and the record shows that. Every player at our club is desperately proud to represent their countries.“A lot has been said – a lot is nonsense. The reality is the conversation between managers of the associations and ourselves has been good and will continue to be.“The only thing I care about is the players, and we had four players in the Republic of Ireland squad who are incredible characters who just love to play for their country.“It is disappointing when you see some ‘news’ that could put that in doubt. All the fans in the Republic of Ireland and other nations should know these players will give their lives to represent their countries and that is something we are very proud of.” Roy Keane last_img read more