Local netballers put their skills to work in Jamaica recently.
A select team from the George Hicks Campus were in Jamaica on Saturday 19 May.
The team comprised of 16 players from PACE, New Horizon and Heritage High Schools. They were accompanied by Manager Christine Virgo, Assistant Coaches Kirlew Watson, Marcia Moiten, Jenine Stewart and Nicole Ebanks.
The squad was invited to compete by the Jamaica Netball Association. Among their competitors was the Jamaica Under-13 squad.
The side was involved in many activities including daily training sessions with celebrated Jamaican netball figure Barbara Sinclair and friendly matches against teams from the Alpha Academy, Queens High and St. Hughes.
In most of those matches Cayman did not come away the winner. It was reported by the Jamaica Observer that the Cayman team lost one of the earlier games 39-5.
Team officials, like Virgo, say in spite of the losses the objectives of the mission were met.
‘The girls gained much knowledge, learnt new skills and techniques under the expert tutelage of Mrs. Barbara Sinclair. They were exposed to the culture of netball in Jamaica and were often amazed at the level of skills and commitment displayed by their opponents.’
Virgo also said the players saw first-hand the level of preparation necessary to compete in the sport at an international level. She said the players also had a chance to observe various strategies being employed in several league matches.
The team also wished to thank their sponsors: Fidelity Group, Mr. Cox of Frank Hall Homes, National Building Society of Cayman, New Horizons High Schools H.S.A. and Cayman Islands Netball Association President Ms Lucille Seymour.
At the end of the day, Virgo said the trip is slated to result in more matches between Caymanian and Jamaican teams.
‘A number of Jamaican teams have expressed interest in visiting the Cayman Islands in the very near future to engage in netball, girls’ football and basketball competitions.’