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Ebonie Cox stars as Phoenix extend unbeaten start to campaign

On the ball: Ebonie Cox, seen here during an All-Star match, led the Phoenix Heat to another big win in their Bermuda Netball Association Winter League match against North Village on Saturday at Bernard Park (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Ebonie Cox led the way for Phoenix Heat as they continued their unbeaten start to the Bermuda Netball Association Winter League on Saturday, with another solid victory on their march to securing the title.

Heat, which came out on top in the 2019-2020 campaign — the last completed season — have not missed a step so far, and picked up where they left off with another convincing victory.

North Village were the latest to get scorched, as they were soundly beaten 47-26, with Cox sinking 37 goals and teenage sharpshooter K’Xiyae Gibbons adding ten for the Heat against Village’s Jordyn Morris, who scored 15 goals and Darrika Simons, who contributed nine to their team’s tally.

The MVP award for Heat players went to Cox, while Jada Richards got the nod for Village.

In the under-17 encounter, Storm proved too strong a challenge for Phoenix Fire, after securing a 23-11 win.

Amayah Smith-Burt, who was named MVP for Storm, led all scorers with 12 goals while receiving strong support from Imani-Marie Burgess, who added ten.

MVP Gibbons would not enjoy a second win of the day, as her six goals were not enough for the Fire this time around. Ke’zjah Weeks scored five goals for the Fire.

North Village Reds enjoyed the biggest win in the under-14 category, after slamming Rangers 30-2 on the back of 15 goals from Ra’eesah Robinson, with Nevaeh Swan (11 goals) and Razeeyah Robinson (four) helping to carry the load.

Katiah Rogers was identified as the MVP for North Village. Sydney Santos scored 11 goals and Hailey Trott added nine as Phoenix Embers got the better of Storm Lightning 20-13 in their encounter, which saw the Lightning’s Jazya Brimmer impressing with nine goals in their losing effort.

The MVP award for Embers was to Khylie Smith with Nevaeh Barclay walking away with the award for Storm.

In the other match in the under-14 category, Storm Lightning got the better of Storm Thunder 19-11.

Brimmer had another strong showing here, helping herself to 14 goals with Barclay contributing four towards the victory. Canaisa Wolfe was named as the team’s MVP.

Amari Burgess saw the most success for the Lightning with her six goals, two more than Malaysia Furbert, who shared the team’s MVP honours with Diya Steede.

In the under-11 division, Storm and Rangers enjoyed double victories over North Village and Phoenix Sparks respectively.

In Storm’s first game, they outclassed their opponents 27-1 with team MVP Journee Belboda scoring an impressive tally of 17 goals while Maya Williams-Johnstone chipped in with ten.

The second match ended 24-1 in favour of Storm, with Williams-Johnstone leading the way this time around with 14 goals to Belboda’s six as they again proved too much for North Village.

Rangers enjoyed a 16-2 win in their opening game, which saw Elenor Kurualeba topping the scoring chart with 11 goals.

They returned to beat Sparks 17-3 in their second encounter, as E'Rynn Paynter gave a clinical display, scoring ten goals for the winners.

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Published March 01, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated March 01, 2022 at 7:51 am)

Ebonie Cox stars as Phoenix extend unbeaten start to campaign

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