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North Village secure their first win of the Senior League netball season

Phoenix Embers’s Makaylie Smith looks to make a pass against North Village Reds in a recent Bermuda Netball Association Winter League contest. (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

North Village secured their first win of the season after edging Senior Netball League rivals Lindos Tigers 38-33 in a hard-fought battle at Bernard Park at the weekend.

Goal shooter Darrika Simons led the way for the victors with a game high 27 goals, while goal attack Zhanae Simmons accounted for their remaining eleven points.

Identical twins Jahkenyah Trott (17) and Jahtuere Trott (16) combined for all of Lindos’s points.

Village achieved their first win at the third attempt much to the delight of coach Nicole Smith, who cited team work as the key to their success.

“I’m obviously delighted with the win, but more so the way that the team played as a whole,” Smith told The Royal Gazette.

“We as a team have loads of talent, and this win is a result of the hard work that each member has put in, and remembering that there’s no ‘I’ in team.”

Smith was pleased with the versatility and execution demonstrated by attacking duo Simmons and Simons.

“Most pleasing was the versatility shown by our players, whereby we utilised a natural defender in Zhanae Simmons to play goal attack to add height in the circle and to feed our shooter Darrika Simons, who was superb in her positioning and shots,” said Smith.

Smith also hailed her team’s solid defending and mental toughness under pressure.

“Defensively we carried out the game plan on the entire court and kept our head in the game even when Tigers had a surge late in the third quarter and most of the fourth,” she said. “Jada Richards and Hayley Cann kept the pressure on the Tigers shooters and made some key interceptions.”

Simons and Richards of Village and Lindos’s Zariah Amory were the game’s most valuable players.

The Storm beat Docksiders 55-18 in a lopsided affair in the remaining Senior League match on Saturday.

Zakiyah Durham (24) and Nabiilah Nasir (20) provided the bulk of the Storm’s scoring, while Debre' Evans chipped in with nine.

T'yanna Hayward led the Docksiders scoring with 14 goals.

The Storm’s Debre' Evans and Docksiders Polly Yule were the game’s most valuable players.

Unbeaten league leaders Phoenix Heat, who hold a five-point advantage over second place Storm, had a bye.

Meanwhile, leaders Storm extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 28-20 win over Under-17 League rivals Phoenix Fire.

Amayah Burt led the Storm scoring with 23 goals, while Makaylie Smith and K'xiyae Gibbons each scored ten for the Fire.

The Storm’s Burt and Fire’s Gibbons were the game’s most valuable players.

In the Under-14 competition, Storm Lightning beat Storm Thunder 27 -12 to close the gap on idle leaders Phoenix Embers, who had a bye.

Jamir Hatherley scored 13 goals and Jahzyah Brimmer added eleven for the Lightning, while Ameerah Outerbridge led the Thunder’s scoring with seven.

The Lightning’s Hatherley and Thunder’s Malaysia Furbert and Kelise Wade were the game’s most valuable players.

In a much closer affair, Village White edged Rangers 10-8 to secure their first win of the season.

Village’s Starr Bowen and Rangers’s Saajida Daniels were the game’s top scorers with six goals each.

Jayda Walker, of Village, and Rangers’s Daniels were identified as the most valuable players.

Meanwhile, Southampton Rangers beat Phoenix Sparks 17-1 to win the Under-11 Who’s Who Tournament with an unblemished record.

Eleanor Kurlualeba was Rangers’s top scorer with eleven goals, while Leigha Fergusson accounted for Sparks’s sole tally.

Rangers’s Kurlualeba and Sparks’s Shiloh Simons were the game’s most valuable players.

The Storm recorded an equally comfortable 19-2 win over Phoenix Sparks.

Maya Williams-Johnson led the Storm scoring with eleven goals, while Aerial Williams and Samara Johnstone-Deshields accounted for the Sparks’s tallies.

The Storm’s Diya Steede and Sparks’s Nahla Robinson walked away with the most valuable players recognition.

The remaining game saw Storm beat North Village 14-4.

Maya Williams-Johnson led the Storm scoring with nine goals with Devine DeSilva accounting for all of Village’s goals.

The Storm’s Kelise Wade and Village’s Kenzie McCrary were the game’s most valuable players.

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Published December 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm (Updated December 24, 2021 at 1:05 am)

North Village secure their first win of the Senior League netball season

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