“The primary school competition
needs a sponsor like how the primary football league has. It would make the
girls see they matter.”
That is what Ronnie Roach said after
the recent conclusion of the primary school netball league.
A staff member with the Department
of Sports, Roach was one of the key officials in the league which saw its
finals last week.
Prospect won the A division after
beating John A Cumber primary (West
Bay) 8-7 in the final. East End nabbed B division hardware with a 7-4 double
overtime win in the second extra time.
Savannah beat West
Bay 2-1 in the B division
third place game.
Roach feels the youngsters and the
sport of netball are being overlooked.
“The ladies and the young girls
need attention. It would help the game seeing the government and the private
sector focus on them more.
“At a time when health is so
important you have to look at preventive measures. A lot of focus these days is
on healthy sports and netball is that kind of healthy activity.”
For the record local government has
publicly stated on more than one occasion their support for netball. At last
year’s opening netball parade Dwayne Seymour expressed government’s willingness
to work with netball.
“Providing sporting opportunities for all is
part of the Ministry of Sports’ vision to create social and physical environments
in which people can be healthy. In order to attain this goal, the ministry focuses
on building stronger partnerships with sports organizations, right across the
“And so, on behalf of the Sports Minister
Mark Scotland, I give you (the Cayman Islands Netball Association) an open invitation
to discuss your needs with him. It is important that we come together to cultivate
and support our local sports talent.”
In addition the national netball
league sees corporate support from a number of entities such as law firms,
banks, and real estate companies.
Nevertheless Roach sees a great
amount of talent that needs more backing.
“The game is very much alive in the
primary schools. I can see the girls are into the sport and are improving. We,
as a country, need to build on this talent in the future. We could use
specialised coaches for the girls once they leave school.”