DEFENDING rural Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) junior and senior netball champions, Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical, stayed on course to defend their titles with semi-final wins at Clarendon Park yesterday. Among the juniors, Denbigh had a convincing 40-29 win over Holmwood Technical, while Knox registered a close 30-27 win over Manchester High. In the seniors matchups, Holmwood got by Manchester High 44-42, while Titchfield booked their first finals appearance by last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, 40-36. The Carlene Graham Powell-coached Holmwood, the all-island champions, had to come from behind to get by a stubborn Manchester High. Showing no fear, the plucky Manchester took the initiative and led 10-8 after the first quarter. They maintained their two-goal advantage at the halfway mark, leading 20-18. The third quarter belonged to Manchester as they increased their lead by six going into the final quarter, with the score at 30- 24. However, with their title on the line and their experienced long-time coach taking crucial timeouts to break the flow of their opponents, a resilient Holmwood rallied to make another rural final. “We lost many of our players from last year and this finals appearance was new to most of these girls and we didn’t come out with the intensity I expected from them. But a win is a win and we are looking forward to the finals with Titchfield, who we will be playing in a final for the first time,” said Graham-Powell. Finally there After knocking at the door for several years, where they have been at the semi-final stage on a regular basis, Titchfield led from start to finish with quarterly scores of 9-8, 18-16, 28-24 before winning 40-36. Holmwood’s juniors were no match for Denbigh, despite making a good start. Denbigh led 10-9 after the first quarter, 23-15 at half-time and 31-21 after the third quarter. It was close going all the way between Knox and Manchester in the junior battle, as Knox led 9-7 after the first quarter, before their opponent drew level 11-11 at half-time. Knox went ahead 19-18 at the third quarter, before fighting it out for the narrow win. The finals will be played next Wednesday, but no venue has been decided.
1 Ilkay Gundogan Manchester United have been told they will need to move quickly to complete a deal for Ilkay Gundogan after Italian giants AC Milan joined the race to sign the playmaker.As talkSPORT reported last week, United still have the luxury of being in pole position to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder but late interest from the Serie A side could make getting the transfer over the line more difficult.Having already been in touch with Gundogan’s representatives, United will feel confident a deal can be brokered to bring their man to Old Trafford but have also been informed the transfer needs to be completed quickly.Louis van Gaal wants the Dortmund star to marshal the centre of his midfield next season and is prepared to pay over the odds to sign the 24-year-old, despite Gundogan being out of contract at the end of next season.However, according to CalcioMercato, Milan have also listed the one-time FC Nurnberg player as their big summer transfer target to help halt the club’s languishing form as a mid-table side in Serie A.Gundogan has made 32 appearances this term, scoring three times.
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