The playoffs for local netball continue this weekend.
The knockout round of the Cayman Islands Netball Association senior women’s league gets going this Saturday 7 March.
The netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex are slated to host a pair of games at 6:30pm.
In division one frontrunners Storm Quik Cash A looks to punch their ticket into the finals against up-and-coming Rawlinson and Hunter.
In division two John Gray Mixed looks to continue its good form against Rising Stars B.
On the line are spots in the finals for both divisions. The winner of the division one match takes on a Roma side hungry for a title after upsetting Butlers All Stars two weekends ago.
The division two winner will encounter an equally hungry Maples and Calder team that knocked off Storm Quik Cash B.
In Saturday’s matches look for the teams to lean on their star players to carry them through.
For Storm that will mean attacking players Sophia Foster and Lavern Ebanks will shoulder much responsibility.
Their form and touch is impeccable but staying calm under pressure and not rushing shots will be crucial for that duo to step up and get tough points.
Meanwhile R and H will lean on attackers Melanie Lewis, Catherine Anderson and Karen Clark.
Lewis has the height to give any defense fits. If her shooting form stays true, points should come in bunches. Meanwhile Anderson and Clark quietly go about picking their spots to score. The defense cannot afford to ignore their relentless footwork else they could wreak havoc.
The middle of the court should see an intense battle for ball possession. For Storm to get the edge the likes of Lashawn Davis and Anissa Owen will need to control the action.
Davis has great court vision and putting that to use should reap dividends. Meanwhile Owen has the athleticism to cause match-up problems, get to loose balls faster and disrupt the passing of the opposition.
For R and H everything filters through Centre Alicia Dixon. Dixon’s decision-making will be critical but the difference will be whether she hampers the connecting passing intended for the attackers.
With both teams having a solid offense the defenses will have to be sharp. For Storm that will mean pressure on Emily Vakauta and Michelle Powell while for R and H Tatiana Bush, Emma Santiago and company will be under fire.
In the other match defense should be key. The John Gray duo of Sheynae Watson and Courtisha Ebanks will look to hamper more shots than the likes of Kady Myers and Tara Ramoon for RS.
However the middle of the court will need to see passes go astray for points to be kept at a minimum. John Gray hopes Jade Lynn, Merang Eden and others can take the lead while RS counters with Mariskca Blackman.
All of those factors seem to point to a long night on offense. John Gray will hope Jahzenia Thomas and Martika Williams break through while Letanya Thompson and Josefa Martinez hope to shine for RS.
The playoffs began on Saturday 21 February and will continue next week with games on Thursday [at 6pm] and Saturday [at 6:30pm].