Tough teams win championships. Great teams become a dynasty.
Last Saturday saw both in the form of Storm Quik Cash A winning their third straight netball title.
The side beat Roma 42-38 in the Division One final of the Cayman Islands Netball Association senior women’s league.
The Division Two crown would also be claimed on the night as Maples and Calder pulled out a thrilling overtime win over Rising Stars B 23-20.
Like all great title games, the atmosphere was tense and featured a big crowd. Among the faces in the crowd were CINA President Lucille Seymour, MLAs Osbourne Bodden and Alfonso Wright and national basketball coach Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro.
Storm and Roma were neck and neck from the get-go and both sides played with the intentions of fighting hard to the end.
Storm jumped out to an early 10-8 lead in the first quarter before Roma rallied back to square things at halftime with a 12-10 showing in the second.
Leading the fight for Roma was ever-present centre Stacey-Ann Dehaney.
Dehaney never lost sight of the ball and kept her team in it with good passes and great footwork in the middle.
The Roma offense kept Storm on their toes to the end thanks to good shooting and positioning from the duo of GS Kay Copeland and GA Nicola Pringle.
However they would not be enough to overcome Storm’s own star duo. In a match with everything on the line, it’s only fitting arguably the two best offensive players stepped up.
For Storm that would be none other than GS Lavern Davis-Ebanks and GA Sophia Foster.
Both players were all over the court leaping for rebounds, making shots from tough angles and passing the ball around under pressure.
Then again the Storm defenders were huge also. WD Anissa Owen, GD Michelle Powell and GK Mortequa Murray withstood surges from attacking players and disrupted passes early and often.
Their play saw Storm win crucial skirmishes in the third quarter and come out with a 12-8 edge. Roma played hard but when the fourth quarter was over they tied Storm with 10 points and lost out by five.
Sponsors Quik Cash would make the victory sweeter for Storm with an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to Jamaica.