Youth team aiming to end on a high
Bermuda will be looking to end their campaign at the Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Tournament in Antigua and Barbuda on a winning note when they face Dominica in their final match today.
The island's netball team have their work cut for them but are up for the challenge and high on confidence having beaten the host nation in their previous outing on the court.
“We are going into the match hoping to pull off a victory to leave the tournament with three wins and three losses,” Kimale Evans, the Bermuda Netball Association president, said. “We know that's possible and we just need to dig deep.
“The ladies are excited, feel that we can do it and they want to do it.
“It would be a huge accomplishment for them, so we are going in as a coaching staff feeling optimistic.
“Dominica are just like the other teams, very physical. They have good hands and tall shooters so we're going to have to make sure all of our possession counts and try and pick up a few interceptions along the way.
“I anticipate that game will be fairly close. If we go out there and carry out our own game plan then hopefully the young ladies can give it everything they have, with it being their last match, in hopes of pulling off a victory.”
Bermuda captured their second win of the tournament on Tuesday after convincingly beating Antigua and Barbuda 25-13.
Asrael Basden led the charge with 18 goals while Selah Tuzo, who earned the match's MVP award, chipped in with four and A'Maiah Butterfield three.
“The girls erupted in jubilation because it was a convincing victory,” Evans added.
“We clearly took control of the game and the young ladies felt that they gave everything they had.
“The emotions were running high and they were ecstatic and jumping for joy.”
Bermuda's win came at a cost as goal shooter Butterfield was injured during the first quarter and had to be replaced.
“The Antigua and Barbuda goalkeeper landed harshly on top of her leg and it's kind of re-aggravated an injury that was already present,” Evans explained.
“She is in a bit of pain but we have been monitoring her and are going to do a final assessment to see if she will be capable of participating in the last game.”
Bermuda edged Grenada 24-23 before losing to Trinidad and Tobago (35-15), Barbados (41-11) and St Lucia (41-22) in their remaining matches to date.