REVIEW OF THE SEASON – YEAR 2018

This Report is an account of the activities of the COURTS All Sectors Netball League for the year 2018.

The COURTS All Sectors Netball League completed its twenty-eighth season this year, and is pleased to report that though the challenges were many, the season was still very successful. Our main challenge this year was the search for venues to play the games. Our usual venue; the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena was not available because of major electrical problems with the building. This notwithstanding, the League was brought to a satisfactory completion.

The structure of the League remained the same. The Divisions are the Premiership, the Championship, the Alternative and the Retro.  The Retro Division continues as a separate Unit.  Cash prizes were once again awarded in the Premiership Division.

There was only one change to the Management Committee when the Election was held at the Annual General Meeting in November of 2017. Ms. Josette Lord has relinquished her position. There was no change to the Council. The members at the meeting were very satisfied with the performance of the League’s leadership teams. The President of the Council is Ms Sharon Wilson of the Bermudez United Club and the Secretary is Ms Lilia Mathurin Cameron of the Jabloteh Club. The Management Committee comprises Ms Carol Demming Gittens; Ms Rosemary Mathurin; Ms Giselle Darlington; Ms Patricia Butcher; Mr. Kenneth Butcher and Ms Brenda Prince.

The League is extremely grateful for the continued support of our main sponsor Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited (COURTS), the support of the Herbarium Limited (Cher Mere), and of our many stakeholders. The general membership increased from 22 to 24 teams this year, and maintains its commitment to the sustained development of the sport and more specifically of the League.

 

TEAMS

Four (4) teams played in the Premiership Division, eight (8) in the Championship seven (7) in the Alternative, and five (5) in the Retro. Altogether twenty-four teams participated.

The Alternative Division comprised of Defence Force, Fire, Jabloteh, University of the Southern Caribbean (USC), the University of the West Indies (UWI) and

 

two (2) new teams, Metal Industries Company (MIC Tigers), and Police Youth Club. The new teams were warmly welcomed.

In the Championship Division were Bermudez, Defence Force, Jabloteh, Fire, Las Lomas Academy, Police, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), and the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC).  The University of Trinidad and Tobago did not field a team in this Division this year.

The Premiership Division comprised Fire, Police Youth Club, University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). Many observed that the standard of competition among the top three teams was extremely high. UWI did not perform as well as expected.

The Retro Division consisted of Bermudez, Les Enfants, Harlem, Police and TSTT

 

VENUE                        

As mentioned earlier, the League could not play any games at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena (ERISA) because of the electrical problems at the venue.  It was hoped that these would have been rectified before the end of the Season on March 31, but it did not happen.  All credit goes to the Manager, Ms. Jenny Voisin, who tried her best, frequently liaising with the Projects Office of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

In the circumstances, Management sought the use of other facilities. The Hibiscus Hall of the Centre of Excellence was used for games during the week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the Maloney Indoor Arena was used on the weekends, except for one weekend that this venue was not available and the San Fernando Regional Indoor Sports Arena (SRISA) was used. In addition the Maloney Indoor was used on one Thursday when the Hibiscus Hall was not available.

We do thank the Manager of ERISA for her efforts, the Manager of the Maloney Indoor for accommodation at that Facility, sometimes at short notice, the Manager at SRISA, and the staff at the Centre of Excellence for hosting the League. The Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony were held at the Maloney Indoor Sports Arena. Again we thank the Manager and staff at this facility for their efforts to make us extremely comfortable and also the Maloney Pacers Basketball players for giving up some of their practice time to accommodate us.

 

OPENING CEREMONY

The Opening Ceremony took place on Saturday 06 January 2018 at 3.00pm at Maloney. The Fire Service band once again provided the musical accompaniment for the March Past.  On the saluting base for the March Past were the COURTS representatives, Ms. Nicole Loney Mills, and Mr. Fazad Mohammed; Dr. Patricia Butcher, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association, Member of the Board of the International Netball Federation and of the Management Committee of the COURTS All Sectors Netball League,  Mr. Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and Ms. Brenda Prince, Chief Executive Officer of the League, who assisted the dignitaries with the inspection of the parade. The dignitaries brought greetings and offered best wishes to the League. Dr. Patricia Butcher declared the 2018 Season open. 

The judges of the parade were Dr. Jason Pilgrim, Ms. Nichola Harvey and Ms. Carolyn Patino. The League expresses its appreciation to them and to all those persons who assisted in making the Opening Day Ceremony a success.

The two (2) teams that did not participate in the March Past were duly sanctioned and cautioned.

The Police team won this year’s parade. In second place was TSTT and in third place Defence Force.

In the Opening Day Knock Out competition, UTT won from PYC in the Premiership Division; Bermudez won from Police in the Championship Division; while in the Alternative Division, PYC won from Fire. 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

The arrangement of the competitions was the same as last Season. Again, in the Championship Division, given that there were eight (8) teams registered and the limited time available, only one round of the Round Robin was possible. However as happened last Season, this Division played a double elimination Knock Out instead of a straight Knock Out in the Divisional KO competition. The Fast 5 and the competitions for the Jean Pierre and Steve Sarjeant Challenge trophies were also played as a straight Knock Outs, in the interest of time.

League games, with the exception of those in the Retro, were of one hour’s duration. Teams in Premiership played each other twice in order to determine the overall placing for the League trophy and cash awards. The Championship and Alternative Divisions played one round.  The other competitions were the Knock-Outs for the Steve Sarjeant and Jean Pierre Challenge trophies, in the Premiership and Championship Divisions respectively. There were also the Divisional Knock-Outs, which were played in two halves of twenty minutes in the two (2) top Divisions, and fifteen minutes each in the Alternative Division, and the COURTS Open Knock-Out. Also featured were the Opening Day Knock-Outs at the beginning of the Season and the Mixed Team Knock-Out at Closing Ceremony. The FAST 5 competitions for the Justin Bowen trophies were played in all the Divisions.

The Retro Division also had two (2) rounds of competition, two (2) Knock Outs, one of which was a double elimination, and the FAST 5 competition. 

As usual, the competitions were extremely keen in all the Divisions. All the games were hard fought and it appeared that the standard of the games improved. This seemed most noticeable in the Premiership Division. The innovation introduced in the Fast 5 Competitions where the one goal-point was eliminated and the two goal-point line was placed mid-way in the goal circle, continued, except that the two goal-point line was placed in its regulated or usual position. This proved to be more difficult for the players but exciting nonetheless.

The results of all of the competitions are in the Appendix.

CHALLENGES

 

As indicated there were a few challenges this Season particularly with venues. Having to play at the various venues necessitated the transportation of equipment to each place. Indeed, this was extremely arduous at times. There was no area at the venues to safely secure some of the items particularly, the portable electronic scoreboard.

 

In addition, at the Centre of Excellence which area was extremely spacious, and which the players favoured, the Court area had to be marked off and netball poles had to be provided. The surface of this area was not as user friendly as the hardwood floors but the players managed well.

 

At Maloney, the challenges were different. This is a well used facility in the Community so on a few occasions, there were activities e.g. wedding, birthday parties, meetings, church services, taking place concurrently with the netball, so these necessarily were distractions. Also, on one occasion games could not start on time because of an official basketball game in progress.

 

We commend though those basketball players who would position the netball poles for us when they were finished using the Court.

 

The shortage of officials was of some concern this year because of the use of the various venues and because a couple of the senior umpires had regional commitments; and also because of injuries. However, there were a few who committed and did their best to help. The League sincerely appreciates the efforts of all of its technical officials.

 

TRAINING

In August last year, the League undertook an Under 16 Youth Development Programme in which eight (8) teams, sourced from the League’s Clubs participated. The Programme was scheduled over two (2) weeks and the purpose was

  • Building capacity – numerical, mental, physical, technical
  • Increased player participation
  • Motivational: Developing a love for netball and a healthy life style

See the outline of the Programme attached.

 

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ACHIEVEMENTS/INNOVATIONS

At the League’s AGM 2017, as usual, a few decisions were taken regarding the operations of the League. The meeting agreed that

  • The naming of a Junior All Star team should continue along with Senior All Star team.
  • The Fast 5 Knock Out tournament would be played over one weekend and consideration should be given to using the Maloney facility.
  • The Fast 5 format used last Season proved to be more exciting so it should be retained in the coming Season.
  • The new logo should be used with effect from Season 2018.
  • The fees structure of the League should be amended.

The changes to the Fast 5 game again proved to be very exciting in the Fast 5 Festival weekend.

Once again, the Team Burke Browne Foundation invited the Senior All Star team to Grenada, to participate in an Exhibition game against the Grenada Inter Sector team, as part of the Foundation project to raise awareness of Cancer publicly, through netballing communities. Management, however, decided not to accept the invitation. A lot of expenses were incurred in the rental of venues for games this season, so this venture was not considered affordable.

Donations from the Herbarium (Cher Mere)

Cher Mere continued its support for the League this Season with the donation of Vouchers at the Awards Ceremony.  The Senior All Star Team was presented with individual gift vouchers. The League is very appreciative of these contributions as it seeks to promote healthy and hygienic lifestyles for its participants while promoting Cher Mere’s cutting-edge products.

The League looks forward to a continued successful association with Cher Mere.

 

Sponsorship from COURTS

Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited, (COURTS) considered the League favourably again with the signing of a contract with us for yet another year.   The League remains extremely grateful and will continue to do its best to ensure that it gets value for money while giving the company the mileage that it so richly deserves. 

The League thanks the Management of Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited particularly, Ms. Nicole Loney Mills and Mr. Fazad Mohammed for participating in our events and for their encouragement.

 

Fund Raiser

Teams continue to contribute in advance in the amounts requested. The AGM also noted that the decision taken by the Council to have an additional fund raiser to assist with doing a tour has not yet been implemented. Current difficult economic times are not helping, but the effort will continue.

 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

The media coverage this year was excellent, especially the Print Media. We thank the Express, especially Mr. Garth Wattley and Mr. Ashford Jackman; the Trinidad Guardian, especially Ms. Rachel King; and the Newsday for the keen interest shown. We thank too the Television Stations for their contribution and look forward to their continuing support of the League.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

The participants of the COURTS All Sectors Netball League offer their sincerest appreciation to Unicomer (Trinidad) Limited (COURTS), the Herbarium Limited (Cher Mere), and other stakeholders for the League’s success. Special thanks to the Fire Service Band and Ms. Paula Darceuil for their services on the Opening Day. The League also wishes to thank Ms Elsa Clouden for her continued support. Thanks too, to all officials, supporters, well-wishers and others who contributed to making the Season the success that it was in 2018
 
     
     
     
 
 
     
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