Netballers from around Cayman recently gathered at the Truman Bodden Complex for their annual colourful spectacle.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association rally brought teams of all ages together for the parade and to compete for bragging rights on who has the best uniforms. Over 100 girls and women attended.
It’s already been a busy year for netballers. Cayman’s All Stars and Welly’s Storm did very well when they played in the Alberta tournament in Canada in April. All Stars came second and Welly’s Storm third in a very competitive tournament and finished in the rankings above teams from the USA, Canada and other Caribbean islands.
Welly’s and Rising Stars were also in the Miami Classic last month, competing against teams from America, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica and the rest of the region.
Looking ahead, the Under-16s will enter the Caribbean Open Championship 2008. The Cathedral Netball Club from England will be visiting Cayman in April for a tour.
The Mixed Netball League has just finished and was a lot of fun. Each team was allowed to play three males in their games. Key positions were held by males; centre, goal shoot and goal defence.
Rising Stars were first on Saturday in the open category to add to their first in a recent tournament in Florida for their uniforms.
Tricia Skyers-Palacio is a wing attack and a manager for Rising Stars. She is very positive about her team’s chances when the netball season starts next month at Truman Bodden. ‘We came third in Division One behind Welly’s Storm and All Stars last season but we have new teams this year so it’s anybody’s game. We’re looking for positive things this season. We’re training indoors right now and have a brand new team. I don’t want to single anyone out because all of my players are important to me.
‘I just want to thank Generali Worldwide Insurance who sponsored our uniforms.’
Each team of seven comprises of a squad of unlimited size but only a maximum of 12 can play in any one game. Only two can score – goal attack and goal shooter.