The spectators were out in their numbers on Wednesday night—11th July, as the 2018 ECCB sponsored OECS under 23 Netball tournament continued at the Pamela Tyson Netball Stadium.
In game one, the lasses from Nevis, had their best game yet, as they were cheered on in their encounter versus Dominica. The final score was Dominica 64 Nevis 26.
As expected, St. Vincent and the Grenadines had an easy victory over Antigua and Barbuda. The final score was St. Vincent and the Grenadines 37 and Antigua and Barbuda 13.
In the feature match of the evening, it was an exciting contest between the hitherto, two undefeated teams, host St. Kitts and St. Lucia.
The St. Kitts team was trailing by all of 12 goals, as the game came towards its end, but the Kittitians, encouraged by the partisan crowd, continued to make the game even more exciting, as they gradually narrowed the lead.
However, at the final whistle, St. Lucia had managed to hold on to a close 6 points lead, to remain undefeated in the tournament.
Final score: St. Lucia 44 St. Kitts 38
The results of other matches played so far:
Saturday 7th July
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 78 Nevis 8
St. Lucia 34 Dominica 14 (Game stopped due to protest from the Dominica team)
St. Kitts 53 Antigua & Barbuda 18
Sunday 8th July
St. Kitts 36 St. Vincent & the Grenadines 32
Dominica 29 Antigua & Barbuda 18
St. Lucia 89 Nevis 7
In a match played on Monday 9th July, St. Kitts thrashed sister isle Nevis, 97 to 12.
Friday, the final day of competition, will be very decisive and there are several scenarios possible in determining championship honours: If St. Vincent & the Grenadines prevail over St. Lucia and St.Kitts beats Dominica, then three teams would have lost one game each and the overall winner will be determined by goal average. If St. Lucia beats St. Vincent & the Grenadines, they would be the undisputed champions for 2018.
Another interesting matchup is eagerly awaited, between Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda. Both teams have lost all of their matches so far and this bottom of the table clash, may be a ring –dinger!
The teams have all to play for as the tournament climaxes.