Women leap ahead

It is really busy in local sports
this weekend.

As these pages show over a half a
dozen activities are going on to capture one’s attention.

In the midst of that is the launch
of women’s basketball in Cayman.

Sunday night sees the start of the
2010 national women’s league.

The Arts and Recreation
Center at Camana Bay
sees a pair of games as the Home Gas Flames take on the Silver Bullets at 4pm
with the Domino’s Lady Heels and Welly’s Cool Spot doing battle at 6pm.

Sponsored by the Cayman Islands
Real Estate Brokers Association this year’s league sees a number of changes.

The obvious one is a shift indoors
as last year’s competition took place at the Cayman Islands Basketball
Association court on Eastern
Avenue.

From there are new players and a
new team in the Home Gas Flames. They fill the void seen by the departure of
the Esso Blazettes and Storm Quick Cash (who also are glaringly absent in local
netball this year).

The Flames (who feature most of the
Esso stars such as Wendy Manazares and Lauri Webster) will face stiff
competition, especially from last year’s defending regular season champion the
Domino’s Lady Heels.

Guided by star athlete Dionne
Anglin and sidekick Sarah Kidd, the Lady Heels dominated the regular season and
the post-season tournament (called the Women’s Cup).

Their bid at double glory came up
short in the league finals as they lost to Storm (who boasted Merta Day and
Lavern Davis-Ebanks).

Local basketball association
president Bryan Hunter and technical director Victor “Voot” O’Garro recently
went on local radio talking about this year’s league.

Hunter spoke about the importance
of the league.

“The women’s league provides an
opportunity for the senior players to keep playing. At the same time it draws
more talent into the sport of basketball.

“Aside from that it’s about
benefiting the youth and giving them an incentive to do better.”

O’Garro focused on the hype heading
into the league.

“We’re expecting a lot of
supporters. Already there’s talk of who will be the new champion and that’s
good. All of the teams are balanced and have good coaches. I expect simply
better basketball to be played at Camana
Bay.”

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