Local netball may be in its opening
stages Bodden Town has quickly emerged a powerhouse.
With a pair of impressive wins on
their record the Eclipzers have themselves set for success.
Their latest triumph came in
convincing fashion last Saturday as Bodden
Town took down the Cayman
National Bank All Stars 40-17.
The netball courts at Truman Bodden
Sports Complex would see over 40 people courtside to witness the action.
BT were in control the whole game
and had a fast start. The Eclipzers enjoyed 10-8 and 8-2 advantages in the
first two quarters.
From there their eight point lead
would skyrocket as the Eclipzers pounded the All Stars 11-3 and 11-4 in the
A big reason why BT excelled is because
of Goal Shooter Nekita Saintvil. A fixture on the team for a few seasons,
Saintvil was an integral part on offense.
From her shooting to her
positioning near the basket Saintvil’s presence was unmistakable. By this
reporter’s count, Saintvil easily accounted for half of her team’s points.
Saintvil had plenty of help from
Goal Attack Stacey Reid. From sharp passes to mid-range shooting Reid gave the
defense added headaches.
One of a few mature veterans on the
squad, Reid also provided great leadership as she directed her team-mates
Rounding out the BT assault were
Wing Attack Alexandria Saintvil and Centre Toni Gilpin.
Alexandria did a
good job of hustling for the ball along the wing and passing to the offensive
players. Gilpin meanwhile made great decisions with the ball and kept the All
Stars defense on its heels.
For CNB the main ladies under fire
were Goal Keeper Deidre McFarlane, Goal Defense Janee Welcome and Wing Defense
All three would be taxed heavily.
From defending passes to contesting shots the ladies would get an intense
workout that clearly caused fatigue in the latter quarters.
Nevertheless all showed positives.
McFarlane used her long arms to make BT work for every shot. Welcome battled
well for positioning near the net and Ebanks fought hard for control on the
On the opposite end the BT
defenders held their own well. For the most part CNB had chances but failed to
score due to constant pressure.
Earning props for the Eclipzers
were WD Rhonda Hayles, GD Serena Yates and GK Kerri Bennett. Hayles fought for
every loose ball, Yates passed good in traffic and Bennett kept her ground.
All would frustrate the CNB
attacking trio of GS Kristina Watler, GA Martika Williams and WA Jenika
In the end BT sealed the win thanks
to her handful of subs. Manning the sidelines were Marcia Robinson, Chrisann
Maye, Tricia Rankine and Nikki Brown.
Despite the presence of All Stars
stalwarts like Whonda Faud, Nicola Williams and Pauline Bodden on the bench a lack
of subs hurt CNB’s cause. Only one lady was mentioned on the stats sheet as a
With the win the Eclipers are 2-0
and undefeated in division two of the Cayman Islands Netball Association open
CNB meanwhile fall to 1-1 on the
young season. Their next game is slated to be this Saturday while BT goes into
action next Saturday.