Cayman’s netballers have not had much of a profile in the past even though they deserve a lot more considering they always seem to do far better than expected in competitions.
Eddie Solomon is an experienced netball coach and has kept the sport going here over the years.
Caymanian Solomon is an ex-footballer who kept goal for the national team. A qualified netball umpire who has attended 10 Caribbean championships as a coach and official, he has arranged for a Jamaican club team is visit these shores for a series of matches in October. He has selected a squad from which he will choose the team.
‘I organised the first overseas netball trip to Trinidad in 2000 and we beat the hosts in the final,’ he said. ‘In April this year we went to a tournament in Canada and lost in the final.’
Solomon learned the rudiments of netball from a top player. ‘I was coached by the late Jean Pierre, a Trinidadian who was one of the greatest players ever and I feel I’m just passing on all the tips she gave me.’
Solomon’s coaching ability almost got him in the Guinness Book of World Records although it was not ratified. Four years ago Savannah Primary School was so good they went 13 matches unbeaten, scoring 113 goals in the process with none conceded.
He added: ‘After the Jamaicans visit I want to take a team to a tournament in Miami. We welcome all good players who I may not have named in the squad to come to the meeting. It’s at Tortuga Rum Company, North Sound Road on Tuesday 21 August at 6pm.’
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