Starry Bodden shone brightest

Women are being honoured in all the
various areas of Cayman this month and last Saturday night some of its
sportiest were on display.

Many of the stars of the national
netball league graced the courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex for the sport’s
first ever all-star game.

Organized by the Department of
Sports and the Cayman Islands Netball Association, the game featured over 15
players separated onto East and West teams.

Notable netballer Molly-Ann Moore
coached the West side while netballer Sophia Foster manned the East squad.

Before the match a shooting
competition took place in the twilight hours and featured lots of tough,
high-arching shots.

By the end of the event three
ladies stood tall in Pauline Bodden, Lexie Solomon and Rosemarie Wilson.
Bodden, representing Butler Properties All Stars won the adult division one
section ahead of Sasha Powell (Maples and Calder) and Geraldeen “Tiki” Smith
(Rising Stars World Gym).

Solomon, of Rising Stars Money
Gram, won the adult division two section ahead of team-mate Alexis Carias and
Stacy-Ann Hayman of Unity.

Wilson nabbed the
U16 mixed trophy ahead of Tovenia Gilpin and Renita Barnes. All represented John Gray
High School.

The hot shooting would continue
into the match thought the crowd of some 100 people would first be treated to a
fair bit of pageantry. There was a ceremonial march by the two teams behind a banner
that read “Women in sports: pushing limits and breaking barriers.” The line-ups
for both teams were introduced and a ceremonial toss-up at centre court took
place (which the west team won to receive the ball first).

Once the game got under way all of
that flair would be multiplied ten-fold as the ladies really dazzled with their
athleticism. Granted there were more than the usual amount of turnovers and bad
passes due to nerves but the ball was positively flying from end to end.

As a result the crowd was buzzing.
Every ball out of bounds and every point made was met with cheers and claps
from the awe-struck onlookers.

The scoreboard would show both
teams did not give up an inch. The sides went into half-time tied at 13 after
eight-all and five all stale-mates in the first and second quarters.

In the third period the East had a
9-8 advantage before the West rallied back in the fourth quarter to squeak out
a 10-8 edge and claim the inaugural winner’s trophy 31-30.

On hand to distribute the hardware
was Sports Minister Mark Scotland, netball association president Lucille Seymour
and department of sports staff member Merta Day.

Taking the court for the West were
Whanda Faud and Pauline Bodden of Butler All Stars, Casy Swaby (Rising Stars
World Gym), Elaine Broomfield (Unity), Shanai Allen (Rising Stars Money Gram),
Cynthia Collington (Butler All Stars) and Zanya Smith (Unity).

For the East were Hannah Peralta (Rising
Stars Money Gram), Stacy Reid (Bodden Town Eclipzers), Catherine Anderson
(Rawlinson and Hunter), Denicia Cranston (Maples and Calder), Jenika McLaughlin
(Cayman National Bank All Stars), Rosemarie Wilson (Rising Stars World Gym),
Wendy Fisher (Rising Stars World Gym), Nicole Pringle (Roma), Geraldeen Smith
and Marcia Moiten (Rising Stars World Gym).

All of the ladies should be
commended for their hard work and hustle throughout the game. All held their
own in all facets of the game from passing to shooting to defending.

In this reporter’s eyes the two
stand-out players on each side were Pauline Bodden of the West and Rosemarie
Wilson of the East. Bodden showed great range and accuracy with her shooting while
Wilson was
relentless on defense using her stamina and footwork to alter many shots.

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Spectators got really into it.
Photo: Matthew Yates
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