First Caribbean are still in credit

First Caribbean is the lone unbeaten squad in netball and the side kept that intact last Saturday.

In an epic battle between arguably the two best squads First Caribbean beat Roma 29-17.

Both squads play in the Cayman Islands Netball Association Mixed League.

The netball courts at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex were the site of the epic game from 6:30pm.

A sizeable crowd of onlookers came out to watch the action. Leading up to the game Roma supporters were looking forward to a low-scoring game that would favour Roma.

The opening quarter did start off well for Roma. Their active defense and strong passing kept First Caribbean on their heels in the first five minutes.

Zoenief Walker played well off the bench and would have a good showing in spurts throughout.

With points coming at a premium Roma looked as if they were setting the tone early and talk on the bench was of an upset.

But the First Caribbean side were determined not to falter under pressure. They clawed their way back courtesy of some great defensive play.

The First Caribbean wingers stepped up their play in a big way and negated much of the Roma push up front from winger Sudan Powell and attacker Stacey-Ann Dehaney.

Soon though the scoring would get back on track and from there Roma would be under duress the rest of the game.

To their credit Roma seemed to have the edge in athleticism and their use of dynamic centre duo Clifton Ricketts and Michael Dehaney did slow down the league’s highest scoring offense in spurts.

In addition defenders Paula Hughes, Damion Claire and Carrie Barnett gave an inspiring performance in the second half.

However Roma could not over come the efforts of a determined First Caribbean team.

Among the thorns in the side for Roma was big man Kevin Maxwell who would be at the centre of things on the offensive end and his athletic frame caused all sorts of havoc.

Maxwell’s hustle and passing opened up plenty of scoring chances for Goal Shooter Omari Corbin. He had a fine touch on the night and his shots were on target all night.

Corbin had plenty of help scoring from the likes of Goal Assist Nicola Williams. Williams hustled hard and often was there to grab missed shots and put them through the net.

Ultimately First Caribbean’s balance on both ends of the court would be the deciding factor as they came away with a hard-fought victory.

At the end of the match First Caribbean’s Nicola Williams said the squad won because of balance.

‘All and all each member of First Caribbean team complements each other, this is what makes First Caribbean such a dynamic team.’

With the win First Caribbean improve to 5-0 and next face off against another league power in Rising Stars this evening.

Another match is also slated to be ongoing tonight though it’s unclear who will be playing.

The result of the other game on Saturday was not available at press time.

As of this writing, the league is in its final weeks with a few matches left to be played that were previously re-scheduled.

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