The Caribbean Netball Association’s 2015 Jean Pierre Under-16 Tournament ended on Thursday evening in Saint Lucia, with Barbados confirmed as champions, and home team Saint Lucia in fourth position.
After three consecutive losses, two of them by a combined three points, Saint Lucia ended the tournament on a high note, beating sixth-placed Trinidad and Tobago 30-14 to pick up their third victory.
It was, of course, a much better performance than Saint Lucia had put in the year before, when they were winless and finished in last place.
Saint Lucia could have finished in third position had Bermuda beaten Dominica on Thursday. But that match went down to the wire, the Windward Islands team 21-20 winners over the Atlantic lasses, and taking second place from Grenada.
Champions Barbados ended the tournament unbeaten, whipping fifth-placed St Vincent and Grenadines 36-11 on the final night of the competition, after a lengthy rain delay that also affected the Saint Lucia match.
For the second year in a row, Saint Lucia’s youngest player, goad defense Megan Nestor of Canaries, captured the CNA President’s Award; she was also the only Saint Lucian among the competition’s top 16 players.
Centre Janelle Mathurin was named Most Valuable Player, and shooters Tanny William and Kamala Mangal were rewarded for being the duo with most goals scored at the tournament.
At the end of the closing ceremony, Saint Lucia handed the CNA flag over to Barbados, who will commence preparation to host the 16th CNA Jean Pierre Youth Tournament in 2016.