Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago


In the fight for seventh place, two Caribbean nations went head to head in the guises of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

Although the islands are Caribbean neighbours, the sides havn't met before at u21 level, and all 14 players took time to settle with each other, but the Bajans managed to stay composed and eventually won 52-45.

Trinidad took the first quarter by a goal, and neither side found a true break for the majority of the match as the two similar styles of netball cancelled each other out.

But Trinidad looked lifeless and were guilty of making simple mistakes, too many for their coach's liking. 

"It cost us eventually" said Grace Parkinson-Griffith, noting that Trinidad had played their best netball earlier in the week against Wales.

"They fought right down to the end in that game but today we saw moments where there were lapses in the game. The last two minutes is where it slipped away."

The coach remains upbeat about the result of eighth place, as it is a two place improvement since the last tournament when they finished 10th. "It is more than we could have imagined for." she said.  

Barbados captain Rieah Holder congratulated Trinidad for their effort, but was delighted with the symbolic result. "7 is our number. 7,7,7!" she said.

Holder and her teammates were instructed to keep possession of the ball and play it safe in the circle, and despite this opponents recording a better accuracy rate, they managed to keep the lead.

Coach Sandra Bruce-Small said it was a really good feeling to get the rank. "We wanted to remain number two after Jamaica in the Caribbean."

"We lost three on the stretch and the girls were a little down so we asked all of them to dig deep and win."

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball​
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