The netballers saved their best for last as they easily dispatched St. Lucia 53-27 to finish 11th place at the XX Commonwealth Games in Scotland. St. Lucia placed 12th and Trinidad and Tobago 10th. Jamaica continues to be the highest ranked Caribbean Island, and they are still in the running for a spot in the top four at Games.
Barbados led all the intervals 12-5, 27-14 and 40-18. A positive that Barbados can carry out of the games is that the junior netballers are playing well, and the team would be eager to match and better the performances of teams before them and move back up the ranking.
On the athletic track, Jade Bailey failed in her attempt to advance to the final of the 200m women’s event.
Barbados however continues to excel in the hurdles with Kierre Beckles succeeding in qualifying for the final of the women’s 100m event today at GMT 22:10.
Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist for Barbados Andrea Blackett has given much of the credit for Barbados’ excellence in the hurdles to the technical competence of coach, Alwyn Babb. Barbados can be quite proud of the performances of the athletes since all with the exception of Bailey qualified for the final of events.
Look out for Andrea Blackett’s story as a spectator at the XX Commonwealth Games coming soon.