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Raynor on fire as Phoenix Heat torch Docksiders

Danielle Raynor, left, continues to have her way in the Winter Netball League after leading Phoenix Heat to a massive 70-5 win over Docksiders on the weekend. (File Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Danielle Raynor was again at the centre of things, as Phoenix Heat hammered Docksiders 70-5, in a lopsided Senior Netball League match at Bernard Park on Saturday, as league play resumed under rainy conditions.

The Docksiders had no answer for Raynor, who scored more than half of her team’s points, sinking 35 goals in a clinical display, as the Heat continued their impressive 100 per cent record this season.

Raynor received support from Ebonie Coxx, who added 22 goals and Karlandra Smith, who chipped in with 10.

Alicia Churn scored 4 goals for Docksiders, who are still struggling to find their footing in what has so far been a disappointing campaign. The Docksiders are yet to record a victory this season.

Ayanna Wolfe walked away with MVP honours for the Heat, while Olivia Bogg received the award for Docksiders.

The unbeaten Heat lead the standings with 15 points from their five games, with Storm Seniors following on 10 points with three wins and two losses to their name. They are followed by Lindos Tigers on seven points, North Village Seniors on six with Docksiders still hunting their first point.

In the other senior game, Nabiilah Nasir led all scorers with 25 goals, as her Storm team defeated North Village 49-29.

Nasir, who was also given MVP honours, was assisted in the goalscoring department by Zakiyah Durham, who helped herself to 14 goals and Amayah Burt, who scored 10, to lift the Storm to their second straight victory.

Darrika Simons, who scored 14 goals, led the North Village effort, with support coming from Jordyn Morris, 13 while Jada Simmons took the MVP honours for her team.

One game was played in the under-17 category, where North Village outlasted Phoenix Fire 19-16 in an enthralling contest that saw Arianna Sabir’s 14 goals lifting her team over their opponents.

J'Zari Zuill-Dillas added five goals to the North Village cause with MVP K'xiyae Gibbons’s 13 goals providing the resistance for the Fire, for whom Makaylie Smith also scored five goals.

Sa'Mya Lightbourne was identified as the MVP for North Village.

Storm, which have played two less games, share top spot with Phoenix Fire in the under-14 league with nine point, three more that North Village.

In the under-14 category, Phoenix Embers, who lead the standings on 12 points, crushed North Village Whites 19-1 with Makaylie Smith’s eight goals and Sydney Santos’s six, leading the way. Hailey Trott added five goals for the Embers, who saw Uni Simmons being named as their MVP for the game. Zipporah Grant was listed as the MVP for the Whites in their losing effort.

The under-11 category saw one-sided victories for the Storm and Southampton Rangers, who made light work of North Village and Phoenix Sparks respectively.

Storm won their game 24-2 with Maya Williams-Johnson scoring 12 goals for the winning team. She was helped by Journee Belboda, who scored 10, while T'jaia Butler walked away with the MVP nod. Kenzie McCrary was named as North Village’s MVP.

In the other match in the category, Eleanor Kurlualeba was chief destroyer in Rangers’ convincing 15-2 win, scoring 11 goals, which also led to her being named as MVP for her team. That award for the Sparks, went to Samara Johnstone-Deshield.

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Published February 08, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated February 08, 2022 at 4:17 pm)

Raynor on fire as Phoenix Heat torch Docksiders

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