Court greats deserve their props

March is a time to honour women in
Cayman and also admire their involvement in sports.

The Department of Sports is
highlighting a handful of women this year and many of them have links to
netball.

Adding to those positive vibes is
netball’s all-star night on Saturday featuring a shooting competition and an
all-star game. The netball courts at Truman Bodden hosts the festivities from
6pm.

The added focus on the sport this
month is a welcome spotlight for many of those in netball. Among them is Faye
Green, manager of team Unity.

Green says the sport deserves
recognition as a viable activity for women.

“No matter what age you are netball
is good for you as a woman,” Green said. “It stimulates your brain and body and
makes you feel better about yourself. To me it relieves stress and encourages
everyone to exercise.”

Cayman Islands Netball Association
President Lucille Seymour echoes those sentiments.

“The all star night is being held
in conjunction with the Department of Sports,” Seymour said. “Honouring women is a good
thing to celebrate in times like this. Netball is a predominantly women’s sport
and it is great the department is doing the all-star night with us.

“So many women have gone ahead of
us who had links to netball. That speaks well to the sport and I encourage
people to come out and support us.”

Green has a pair of girls
representing the club in this weekend’s all star game in Elaine Bloomfield and
Zanya Smith.

Both join the likes of Wendy
Fisher, Pauline Bodden and Nicole Pringle; three of netball’s greatest players
in Cayman.

Such star talent should make for a
star-filled night that Green states should not be missed.

“I encourage more people to come
out and see what the ladies can do,” Green said. “We’re going to have a good
time this weekend and having a crowd there would give strength and encouragement
to the players.

“It is fee to watch, netball is
alive and well and getting the noise and support like you would see at football
matches would add to the excitement.”

Heading into this weekend’s all
star activities the Cayman Islands Netball Association national women’s league
is past its half-way point.

Topping the standings in division
one is the Butler Properties All Stars with Roma second, Rawlinson and Hunter
are third, Rising Stars World Gym are fourth and Maples and Calder are in
fifth.

Over in division two the unbeaten
Bodden Town Eclipzers lead the way with Cayman National Bank All Stars, Rising
Stars Money gram and Unity all in hot pursuit.

Unity are on the upswing and hope
to pull off a late-season rally to recapture some hardware as in years past.
The team won its last game against the CNB All Stars this month.

Green says that progress has come
thanks to solid play from her ladies.

“Zanya Smith and Kerri Scarlett
have shot well. We are well-balanced and it’s all about playing four quarters,
not making unnecessary subs and keeping the flow of the game going. Getting
that first win helps us to focus and do what we have to do.”

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