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Shared honours in ASCO Netball Tournament

Shared honours in ASCO Netball Tournament


The two top teams in the Zees Construction ASCO Netball Tournament, Gairy’s Construction ASCO One and NCB Valley Netters, were at it again, for the second Sunday in succession, at the Gomea Methodist School Hard Court.{{more}}

But last Sunday, the tables were turned when ASCO avenged defeat to take the Division One Knock Out title, to share the honours in the division.

ASCO’s win was almost a carbon copy of their league final defeat, the previous Sunday.

With Valley Netters after the double, ASCO, with the return of their influential woman of business Diane Questelles in the co-coordinating position, was also at full force, and charged to take some of the Tournament’s silverware.

Both teams, though, were even at the end of the first ten minutes of the match 8-8, played in between some intermittent showers.

ASCO charged the second quarter to finish with a marginal three point lead, 18-15, and went one up at the end of half an hour of play. The score read 27-23. ASCO romped home 34-29 and the right to finish the tournament in a happy mood.

But it was not the same for the next generation of ASCO players, who were unable to stop Nice Radio Pine Hill Dairy Clinchers Two from doing the double in Division Two.

Clinchers Two crushed ASCO Three 37-11, in a lopsided Knock Out Final. Clinchers ran away with a six goal lead in the first quarter 10-4, and stretched the lead by a further eight goals, as the half ended 21-7. ASCO could only score a lone goal in the third quarter to Clinchers’ eight. Clinchers finished the last quarter scoring eight goals to ASCO’s three.

Clinchers’ had earlier in the tournament secured the Amy Woods trophy and $150 for winning the league title.

In the Presentation Ceremony that followed the two finals, Cacica Davis and Kimberly Benn, both of Clinchers Two, were awarded the Most Promising Junior Player and Most Goals Winner, respectively.

The award of Player of the Tournament was taken by the experienced and energetic Elizabeth Caruth – Matthews of ASCO One. Jasmine Frank, also of ASCO One, captured the Most Goals award. Frank, a member of this country’s Under-23 team last year, completed the tournament with an 88.2 percent accuracy in the Goal Shooter’s position. And the ASCO’s dominance of the awards continued with Sheldeen Joseph adjudged the Best Centre Court Player.

Valley Netters’ lone individual award was snapped up by Veronica Lynch, who was named the Best Defensive Player.

Other awards dished out at Sunday’s Presentation Ceremony saw Ultra Tek, as they have done in other community based tournaments, named the Most Disciplined Team. ASCO One and Yanja Young Strugglers on Sunday collected their prizes, after being judged the teams with the Best Banner and Best Dressed unit on the opening day of competition.

Fourteen teams played in Division One and five were stacked in Division Two.(RT)