D’Sports Shop Netball Tournament Launched

Monday, October 13, 2014 1:39 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 13 October, 2014:
The annual D’ Sports Shop/Ministry of Sports Inter-secondary Schools’ Netball Tournament was officially launched on Thursday, October 9th, at the Roy St. John Netball Court.

The tournament which also marks the start of the 2014-2015 Netball season will see sixteen (16) secondary schools compete for the championship title. The tournament is divided into the senior and junior divisions.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Veda Bruno-Victor explained that the opening day was a special day for the netballers, their coaches and schools.
“This [netball] is our main ladies sport. And it is time for netball to return to the glory days of long ago and it must begin with you young players,” said the Permanent Secretary, who encouraged the student athletes to invite their friends and classmates to witness the matches played.

The Permanent Secretary, who is a former national netball player, commended the athletes and their coaches on the hard work and commitment they had put into their training and encouraged them “…to enjoy your games, to make new friends and to challenge yourselves to score more goals and to defend better.”
Reminiscing on netball tournaments in the past, Mrs. Bruno-Victor urged for the continued lifting of the standards of netball in secondary schools, which by extension will benefit Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.

Also making remarks was President of the Grenada Netball Association (GNA), Ms. Janice Charles.

“We must note here that it is at these youth tournaments that preparations for future leaders and well adjusted human beings begin,” said Ms. Charles who went on to commend the participants and spectators for being present and representing their schools.
The GNA President acknowledged the continued effort and dedication by the title sponsor D’ Sports Shop, school coordinators, principals, and teachers who have made the tournament possible, including the various sponsors who outfitted the teams in their colorful uniforms.

The teams paraded in their uniforms during the opening ceremony of the youth netball tournament. The Anglican High School went on to win the march past.

The Anglican High School caught the judges’ eyes, finishing with ninety-three (93) points, which was one point ahead of second place winner and defending march past champions the Happy Hill Secondary School, who scored ninety-two (92) points. In third place was St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s (85 points) and in fourth place was Wesley College (84 points).
Opening games were played in the senior and junior divisions at the Roy St. John Netball Court. Matches will resume on Monday, 13th October, at 2:00 p.m.

The following are the results of the opening matches:

A-DIVISION (Senior Division)

· St. Joseph's Convent, St. Andrew 29 goals versus Wesley College 29 goals.

· Happy Hill Secondary School 78 goals versus St. Mark's Secondary School 0 (zero) goals

B-DIVISION (Junior Division)

· St. Joseph's Convent, St. Andrew 15 goals versus Wesley College 9 goals

· Happy Hill Secondary School 9 goals versus St. Mark's Secondary School 3 goals




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