Barbados made a strong start to the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Championship over the weekend here.
From the early results, the Barbadians have installed them as an early favourite, after comfortably winning their first two matches in the Championship which is being contested at the YMCA courts in the heart of the Antigua & Barbuda capital.
Goal shooter Sumara Benn, coming off the bench, scored 13 goals from 14 attempts, goal attack Chiara Chase with 11-from-14 and starting goal shooter Dalia Knight, 11-from-17, as the Barbadians started the Championship with a 35-22 victory over Caribbean sporting arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday.
Benn, starting the second game, and Chase failed to improve their shooting percentages, but finished with 24-from-29 and 9-from-12 respectively, to lead the Barbadians to a 35-22 victory over Dominica on Sunday.
In other notable results, St. Lucia made a positive start to the Championship in their only match so far, flogging the hosts 43-8 led by goal attack Dasha Eugene’s 30-from-33.
The Antiguans have endured a horrific start to the tournament, losing all three games, also falling at the hands of Dominica 40-11 in Friday’s opener and Grenada 46-9 on Sunday.
In the closest match of the Championship so far, Bermuda overcame patchy shooting to prevail 24-23 over Grenada.
The Championship continues every day this week until Thursday.