Rising Stars are looking for fireworks tonight.
The club, which plays in Cayman Islands Netball Association Senior Women’s League, will play a division two game against Maples and Calder.
The match is scheduled for 6pm at the netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
RS is not in great shape in its division. The side has faced some solid clubs and missed out on some key wins during the season. A victory tonight would be the morale boost they need to turn it around.
Maples meanwhile have quietly had a good season, playing teams close and often coming out winners. A win for them tonight would help their confidence and their chances for the upcoming knock-out round.
Tonight’s match should see two different styles of play clashing. RS likes to play an up-tempo game with plenty of passes going up front to the attacking players. Maples meanwhile are more tactful and prefer to pick their way through defenses and put their hands in passing lanes.
At any rate look for the game to come down to who controls the pace of the game from mid-court. If Centre Mariscka Blackman is more athletic than her defenders then RS should be in good stead. Meanwhile Maples will rely on Wing Attack Kim Litrico to settle things down and pick their spots.
Tonight’s game follows a trio of matches last week. On Saturday All Stars battled Roma in a fight for playoff position in division one while John Gray Mixed took on Bodden Town Eclipzers B in a tussle more about pride than position in the standings.
Last Thursday Storm Quick Cash A faced Rising Stars A with both clubs looking to shore up their playoff prospects in division one. That match would leave little doubt who the favourites are heading into the knockout round as Storm took an empathic win 45-19.
As the score-line would show Storm started well and had a dominant performance through out.
In the first quarter Storm would post seven points while RS had one. In the second quarter they would post 10 points while RS had nine.
From there came what must be the biggest offensive outburst by any one team this year, much less in local netball history.
Storm would score an incredible 20 points in the third quarter while RS managed only five. From there Storm would seal the win with an 8-4 advantage in the final quarter.
Storm relied heavily on sharp shooting from the duo of Goal Shooter Laverne Davis-Ebanks and Goal Attack Sophia Foster.
RS would get little going from their attacking players GS Marcia Moiten, GA Nordia Ricketts and WA Tricia Skyers-Palacio.
The next set of matches after tonight is scheduled for Thursday. In division one Rawlinson and Hunter square off with Bodden Town Eclipzers A.
In division two team Unity looks for positives as they try to contain Geraldeen Smith and Storm Quick Cash B.
Coming into last Saturday the top three teams in division one were Storm A, All Stars and Roma.
In division two Maples and Calder, Storm Quik Cash B and John Gray Mixed were on top.