Guyana Netballers nailed by Canada 70-23
- face with Bermuda and Grenada today for final games
By Juanita Hooper in Trinidad and Tobago
Guyana went down 77-23 to Canada Friday evening, the seventh day of the Americas Federation Netball Association (AFNA) Senior Netball Championship at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain before scores of anticipated spectators who gathered to witness the international competition.
Looking to create an upset on Court two, Guyana played with a burst of energy in the first quarter but could not have blocked the tactical players of the Canadians, who were fitter than the locals.
The Canadians dominating throughout the four quarters of the game, looking untroubled by their opponents led 19-9, 37-14, 57-15 and 70-23.
Canada attacking both of the wings created rings around the Guyana team. Consistent Guyanese shooter Angeline McCarthy netted a total of 18 goals from her attempted 27; Simonica Fanfair looped in 5, while Shonnette Estwick failed to net from one attempt.
Canada’s Cherry Don Nickie and Sabrina Versteeg opening the account for their team, each scored 17 and 2 (total, 19) respectively to create a 10 points lead against the Guyanese who only had 9. McCarthy netted 5 as Fanfair entered 4 in the ring.
The lead was extended by an average margin of 23 points in the second quarter as the Canadians turned on the heat which was soon extinguished in the third quarter. Nickie scored another 17 points for her team while Versteeg managed to only score one from her four attempts.
The third quarter saw McCarthy being the only scorer for Guyana as the Canadians camped the goal scoring circle for Guyana looping in 20 from their attempted 27.
The final quarter which commenced with Guyana 15, Canada 57 concluded at 70-23 in the latter favour. Again McCarthy was the only local player to score 8. Versteeg added in seven in the winning account while Kelsey Binns who managed to score one in the third quarter, encircled the ball into the nets six times.
Guyana will attempt to secure a win against Grenada and Bermuda today at the Complex.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago faced their first defeat in the AFNA Championship to Barbados by 11 points, 59-48. They will be approaching their biggest hurdle in the Championships today when they collide with Powerhouse of the Caribbean, Jamaica. The Jamaican over the past six days have not been defeated by another other participating country.