AFEISHA NOEL, the former overseas professional and Trinidad and Tobago national netballer was in spectacular form as Fire won the Steve Sarjeant Challenge KO on Saturday at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
Noel was in high-scoring form as defending Premiership Division champions Fire defeated Defence Force 35-23 and Police Y 30-19 on the way to winning the Knockout, while 33 goals from Adasha Norton also saw Fire defeating Open Campus UWI 39-24 in the playoff for first and second place. Meanwhile, neither Bermudez nor UTT showed up for their Championship Division clash, while Police Y moved on in the Steve Sarjeant Challenge KO with a default victory over Police Y.
Noel was a member of T&T’s World Cup team before joining Severn Stars in 2017 for the Vitality Super League in England.
She scored 20 goals and veteran and former T&T international Simone Morgan added another 15 as Fire defeated a formidable Defence Force, led by eight goals from Anastasia Wilson, who for many years was T&T’s best shooter and young 2019 T&T World Cup squad member Jameela McCarthy, who scored all five of her attempts. Fire raced away to a 14-4 half-time lead and never looked back.
Fire faced stiffer competition in the final against a rested Police Y team who won their semi-final by default from Police X. They were pushed all the way in the second half when leading only 15-14, but pulled away in the second phase. Noel led the scoring with 27 goals from 30 attenpts, while Morgan was 100 per cent accurate from three goal attempts. Tahirah Hollingsworth, a 2019 T&T World Cup player led Police Y with 13 goals from 17 attempts, while Tia Dillon netted six from 15 attempts.
Meanwhile, in the Championship Division final, goal-shoot Norton (33 goals) was assisted by six goals from goal-attack Pearl St John as they saw off Open Campus UWI in the battle of the top two teams in the Championship Division. Goal-shoot Shaniya Morgan led UWI with 17 goals from 29 attempts, while goal-attacks Zakiya McKenna (3/5) and Akeela Rodriguez (4/5) accounted for eight further goals.