Local netball is in full gear this time of year.
With mixed netball and senior women’s league the fall is normally the prime season for hitting the court.
Next Saturday sees the latest event on the scene with the opening uniform parade for the national women’s league.
Truman Bodden Sports Complex is expected to see a sea of local teams and colours that evening.
Team registration is slated to begin at 3pm with all players being lined-up and in formation for the parade which starts promptly at 4pm.
An annual event, the ceremony is being put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Saturday’s gathering officially marks the start of the 2009-2010 netball season across the various schools and leagues. School and club teams are expected to participate.
As usual a number of prizes are slated to be on offer for the teams (as well as volunteers) and range from Best Uniform to Best Behaviour.
In a press release submitted to the Caymanian Compass the local association stated the importance of Saturday’s event.
‘The association in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports hosts this event annually and implores clubs and teams to be a part in this event as this compulsory for the coming season.
‘Teams who participate in the opening will add many bonuses and points to their results at the close of the season.
‘Last year was a very successful event and saw many sides and teams winning monetary prizes which enhanced their clubs throughout the year.
‘This function is touted by the media and the community as one that is quite beneficial to sports and the youths over the years. We hope great public support allows us to make this one even more outstanding and exciting.’
Last year’s event was one of the bigger ones in local netball’s history. Forty one teams came out with the Cadet Corps of the Cayman Islands leading the parade.
Moreover some 400 people came out to watch the festivities on the day.
A host of judges from all areas of the sporting community were in attendance to grade the teams.
Among of the more notable ones were George Hicks Physical Education teacher Cyril Gairy, local netball association president Lucille Seymour and Cayman track star Cydonie Mothersill.
By day’s end a host of prizes were awarded across eight sections. Prizes came from a number of members within the corporate sector including Admiral Administration, CNB, British American, Fidelity, CUC, LIME, Westin Casuarina resort and Island Supply Co. Ltd.
The big winners were George Town primary (U9 and U11 categories), Pace high school (U13 and U15 high school section), local clubs John Gray High School Dynasty (U16 segment) and John Gray High School Panthers (U18 section) and lastly Storm Quick Cash (who won the senior women’s league).
The event also saw a variety of guest speakers including Joel Francis from the Ministry of Education and Sports and former national player Dr. Luanna Lookloy.
Dr. Lookloy’s address was particularly stirring as she reflected on how she organized her life to play the sport and be a good student.