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Girls shine at 2019 THA District Games

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THA District Games 2019 came to a thrilling climax on Sunday (August 25) as Signal Hill/Patience Hill/Lambeau swept the Under-14 and Under-18 netball at the Canaan/ Bon Accord Recreation Ground.

The Signal Hill ladies whipped neighbours Mt. Pleasant/Buccoo/Bethel 36-12 to lift the title, with Phoebe Warner claiming Most Valuable Player (MVP) honours. The Signal Hill team also conquered Mt. St George and Environs easily, a 21-1 win.

The all-action football finals were also goal-filled, with Speyside’s Under-19 girls topping Bishop’s High School 5-2 and Black Panthers mauling Scarborough Secondary 4-0. Multi-sport talent J’eleisha Alexander, playing for Black Panthers, was MVP.

But in the Under-18 Boys Division, Castara needed penalties to beat hosts Canaan/Bon Accord.

In the cricket finals, played on August 19, Green Machine (Under-15) and West triumphed (Under-19) in the finals against Blue Blasters and East respectively.

After her final, Alexander said playing in the District Games was very rewarding.

“I would encourage more young people to participate in activities like the District Games because it helped me keep fit and stay on top of my game during the school vacation,” Alexander said. “It can also keep kids out of trouble.”

For the second year running, the Games was deemed a success. Technical Sport Director in the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs Lyndell Hoyte-Sanchez it’s having a positive impact on sport development.

“We are at the end of another successful season”, Hoyte-Sanchez said. “The District Games was designed to assist with the development of Sport in the various districts in Tobago. This year we focused on football, netball and cricket, and I must say those sports are moving in the right direction as it relates to development.”

The Sport Director is encouraging sport stakeholders to continue collaborating to help sport in Tobago advance. One of the defining features in this year’s District Games was increased participation among the girls. The initiative brings communities from across Tobago together in the spirit of friendly competition, while allowing athletes to hone their skills, and coaches to assess the island’s young talent pool.

THA District Games reflects the Division’s mandate: creating pathways for citizens to excel through holistic, positive youth development, fostering total participation in sport and promoting of enriching recreational activities. 

The full results of the THA 2019 District Games is as follows:

Football

Male U18

Winners: Castara (3-2 on kicks from the penalty mark)

Second place: Canaan/Bon Accord

Most Valuable Player: Shaquille Carrington

Female U19 winners: Speyside (5)

Second place: Bishop’s High School (2)

MVP: Talia Martin

Female U15 winners: Black Panthers (4)

Second place: Scarborough Secondary (0)

MVP: J’eleisha Alexander

Cricket

U15 winners: Green Machine (by 10 wickets)

Second place: Blue Blasters

MVP: Jadon Campbell 

U19 winners: West (by 6 wickets)

Second place: East

MVP: David Cruickshank

Netball

U18 winners: Signal Hill/Patience Hill/Lambeau (36-12)

Second place: Mt. Pleasant/Buccoo/Bethel

MVP: Phoebe Warner

U14 winners: Signal Hill/Patience Hill/Lambeau (21-1)

Second place: Mt St. George and environs

MVP: Tori Isaac