Some of Cayman’s best young netballers are off to Jamaica next week.
A Cayman U16 select team heads to Kingston next Wednesday to compete in the Jean Pierre U16 Youth tournament.
Jean Pierre was a notable figure in netball both in Cayman and Jamaica.
The squad is set to play some seven Caribbean countries in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Cayman contingent consists of the following players:
Shillo Scott – Cayman Brac High School; Brittany Mobley, Tianna Duty, Hailee Robinson – Cayman Prep High School; Liana Benjamin, Renee Lindo, Adrian Mackey, Kiana Rankine – John Gray High School; Lexie Solomon, RoseMarie Wilson – PACE High School and Sarah Hale of St. Ignatius.
All are no strangers to local netball with players like Renee Lindo and Lexie Solomon playing for netball clubs like Rising Stars.
The team is being coached and overseen by a number of distinguished persons in local netball.
Among them are players/umpires Molly-Ann Moore and Sophia Foster along with prominent local figure Lyneth Monteith.
Monteith, who has been involved in all phases of netball all her life, feels the tournament will be a good learning experience.
‘This is the first time all of those players are going to be playing in the international field so we are looking to learn a lot and win some games.
‘It is extremely important for teams to compete overseas as competing in the Cayman Islands alone is not of sufficient challenge to hone the netball skills of our elite players.’
The team has been in serious training since February. They have trained at various locales on Grand Cayman such as the netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Since the Easter holidays the team has trained twice a day at the auditorium of Cayman Prep High School and have had practice games in the evenings.
According to their coaches the girls have progressed well over time. Among the areas they have shined in are defense, passing and shooting.
No matter how Cayman does Monteith feels the trip is a guaranteed success.
‘This is definitely a win-win situation for local netball and will certainly raise the level of the game in Cayman.’