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Ambassadors off to winning start in Netball tourney!

Lorraine Challenger top scored for the Ambassadors with 14 points as they beat the All Stars 29-16. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - With a mixture of curiosity, confusion, athleticism, agility and no little skill, the VI Sports 4 Life 40Plus Netball league got underway on Friday November 15, 2013 with a resounding 29-16 win for the Ambassadors over the All Stars at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

Following the Opening Ceremony that saw remarks from VI Sports 4 Life President, Karl Scatliffe and Paul Hewlett on behalf of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, play got underway and with immediate effect.

The large crowd of women knew what was going on, the few people using the tread mills in the fitness gym were suddenly glued to the windows and the basketballers assembled for a later game looked on in amazed bewilderment, as they watched the ladies produce a game laced with breathtaking passing, leaping, catching and graceful movements.

The game itself, still foreign to many despite being a cornerstone of Women’s Sports across the region from High School to International levels, is a curious affair.

The court is roughly the size as a basketball court but split into 3 sections with specific players only allowed in certain areas and only the Goal Shooter or Goal Attack allowed to score.

The Nets have no backboard and players are only allowed one step with the ball before having to pass.

Lorraine Charles, Goal Attack for the Ambassadors, top scored with 14 points from 32 attempts and after the game said it felt great to be back playing in front of a crowd again. “It feels very good, it really feels great for all of us,” she said. “The players did well, I did well and it’s good that Netball is back “

As for the Game itself, everyone was a little rusty, but soon got into the swing of things. “We needed to slow down a little bit to get our game together. We did very well once we did that and began passing the ball.”

“I’m glad the game is coming back and we hope that the young players will come in and see what the game is all about. We aren’t getting any younger!”

As for Scatliffe, he was happy with the first day of his new venture. “I knew the indoor game would be easier for the players and for those who didn’t know the game before, well, they do now.”

The League runs for 6-8 weeks and will conclude with the Champions playing an inter-island tournament.

Basketball, which features 8 teams, starts tonight at the Save the Seed Energy Centre and if it’s anywhere near the excitement of the Netball Game then fans will be in for an action packed night.

11 Responses to “Ambassadors off to winning start in Netball tourney!”

  • UK (16/11/2013, 11:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    good job ladies! can't wait to learn
  • CONCERN I (16/11/2013, 11:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    IT IS GOOD THAT NETBALL IS PLAYED ONCE AGAIN IN THE BVI. IT IS GOING TO BE SLOW AT FIRST BUT WITH MUCH PRACTICE YOU ALL WILL BE PERFECT YES PERFECT TO EVEN ENTER THE CARIBBEAN TOURNAMENT. WAY TO GO AND BIG UP TO THE ORGANISERS
  • follow the leader (16/11/2013, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    Since Fraser bring the save the seed alive now every tom dick and harry what to follow his lead….
  • Yaaaay (16/11/2013, 11:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was good fun when we played in primary and high school, glad to see it back. Something for the girls. Get it back in the schools and you will see it take off.
  • Yes (16/11/2013, 11:55) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    I could smell the bay rum and florida water from here....LOL
  • Lucian gal (17/11/2013, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need all past players who can still play to come out, we also need the none players who knows the game to come and help with the Umpiring Faustina and Veda alone cannot do it if we want to get this thing revived I am sure Faustina can train others for she is qualified almost to the highest level of advancement. I know because we were at the same exam. Faustina if you reading this give me a call you know who
  • forward (17/11/2013, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good game but we need to get schdule in advance
  • NICK (17/11/2013, 19:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am really glad that I can play netball once again with all the excitement. I love netball and growing up in my teen years I always wish I could have reached to the higher levels in the game. The last time I played was at secondary school level and am very proud of myself in this tournament. I pray these games will be free of confusion and all the ladies will just have fun and play ball. HOORAY! to Karl Scatliffe and the organizers.
  • Why (18/11/2013, 07:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why so negative Mr Fraser started so what it's for the younger generation to have something to look forward too other than getting pregnant and being on the streets playing netball is a very good thing once it's taken seriously, keep up the good work and Mr Fraser would be happy to see the young ones get involved....Save The Seed speaks for itself it's saving the future generations
  • Mr new to netball. (17/02/2016, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am looking to start a team in the bvi. Interested? Please email me at klaytosutherland@ymail.com or text message at 441 1059


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