Storm brewing for title repeat

A lot of sports are slated to jump to life in Cayman after the Christmas break.

Among them is netball as the national women’s league gets going at the netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

For the record games were slated to go off before the holidays shortly after the recent opening parade.

Though those plans were altered for a variety of reasons there will be plenty of teams and players for locals to look out for when netball does get going.

First of all eyes should squarely be on defending champions Storm Quik Cash A. Coach Errol Grey guided his Storm side to the division one knockout (playoff) title last year after dominating most of the regular season.

Storm boasted a number of athletic talents that guided the team to victory. Among the key players were attackers Sophia Foster and Lavern Davis-Ebanks as both had flashed a great shooting touch.

On the defensive side of the ball names like Anissa Owen and Michelle Powell stand out as key stoppers.

If the team stays relatively intact this season repeat glory might not be far fetched for Grey and company.

One team that could stand in Storm’s way is Roma. The side was among the top three squads during the regular season and just lost out to Storm in the playoff final 42-38.

Starring for the club were the likes of Sudan Powell, Paula Hughes, Stacey-Ann Dehaney and Kay Copeland. All have played together for many seasons in local netball and that experience and that chemistry should put Roma squarely in the hunt for a championship once again.

On the other hand a squad that could muddle both Storm’s and Roma’s title hopes is All Stars, who came up short of glory in both the regular season and playoffs.

Pauline Bodden and Cynthia Collington steady a team with great balance between experience and athleticism (mainly from the likes of Avril Myers and Nicola Williams).

Over in division two the team to watch should be Storm Quik Cash B as they underachieved last year.

Veteran talents Geraldeen Smith and Hillary Burton, coupled with a slew of promising players such as Delisa Gourzong and Sandy Burrows, should make the squad heavy favourites to win the division outright in 2010.