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UTC wring defeat call for TSTT in Courts All Sectors Netball

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Courts All Sectors Netball League

Okay, cricket’s in the air – as in just over three hours’ time, visiting England take on West Indies in Antigua in the first match of their one-day-internationals series three – the second on Sunday and the third next Thursday in Barbados.


Odds appear even for the contest between world-ranked number 5 England and ninth-ranked West Indies.


Netball got the ball-a-rolling for national sport competition after Carnival yesterday with Fire, U W I and UTC netting victories in the Courts All Sectors League three-match schedule at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena.


Fire were handed an Alternative Division default win over Defence Force for what was to be the evening’s opening match.


But tense action aplenty in the next Alternative Division match as Zakiya McKenna and Latisha Dennis battled to post the nine second-half goals that swept U WI to a 15-7 knockout-competition win over Police.


UTC  kept top of the Championship Division meanwhile with a clinical 28-24 victory against game TSTT who led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter before UTC’s fightback engineered by second goal shoot Aviann Archie who sank 14 of her 23 shots.


While goal-attack Kanisha Paul-Payne 13 of 18 and Sophia Harrington 11 of 24 made TSTT’s scoring, they needed more to overcome quarter deficits of 16-12 and 21.19 before the loss and a fifth-placing on the 8-team Round One standings.


Trinidad and Tobago’s next major international competition by the way is at the 20-nation World Youth (Under 21) Netball Championship set for July 8 to16 in Gaborone, Botswana.


In football, TT Pro Legaue club San Juan Jabloteh head to St Vincent for their March 8 to 12th Group E Caribbean Club Championship challenge.


Jabloteh get in as first runners-up to winners Central in the 2015-2016 TT Pro League Championship and have to get past Sint Maarten’s Flames on Wednesday, Guadeloupe’s CS Moulien next Friday and Vincentian homesters System 3 Sunday 12th to get to the six-team final round.


Already qualified are title-holding Central FC and Haitian club Racing from a completed Group A action.