|Posted by Near the Hoop on September 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM|
POMNA's U21 division was quite heavy in 2013 making it necessary to spli the competition into two pools.
Cutting through the maze and standing tall last week were four very able teams two well establised clubs and two new. The U21A grand final was poised between two blue laden teams the Digicel Sparrows and City Pharmacy Rebel. The U21B Grand Final was fought out by newcomers Kempa and POMIS.
The Sparrows/Rebels game was as expected with the very netballing families, strongly rooted in POMNA netball. The pace though moderate and very cordial in the beginning showed out toward the end the fighting spirit desperation can instill. The Sparrows were on song from the start, sharp in both shooting and defence frustrating a less ready Rebels unit into unfamiliar mistakes and turnovers and before they knew what was going on a tangible deficit was yawning into a challenging gap that the City Pharmacy ladies had to chase for the entire game.
The second half certainly played out better for the Rebels but the foundaton had been set early by the Sparrows and in the end comfortably took the game.
The Sparrows have always been a strong contender at the U21 level but the transition to the top level has been somewhat of an elusive pathway for the club. They stil remain one of the strongest challengers in the Open divisions as well.
The other U21B grand final matchup between newcomers to the competion, Kempa in the green skirts and the skyblue POMIS team.
The players purcolate through the other more established clubs but showed why they are in the grand final for that pool. POMIS was uncharacteristically slow out of the blocks and was clearly uncomfortable chasing a deficit. Turnovers partucularly which were not a feature of their game thoughout the season suddenly plagued the scholastic team to the glee of the Kempa team. They took full advantage of the stagefright their opponents were experiencing and made sure they enjoyed themselves in the process.
POMIS are not a team to simply roll over and gave it their best shot in the second half but the margin was just too difficult to reel in.
Well done to all four teams and congratulations to the Sparrows and Kempa.