Barbados lessons

Cayman’s brightest netball talents
still have a ways to go to challenge the rest of the Caribbean.

That fact came through clearly at
the recent Jean Pierre memorial tournament in Barbados (which had been previously
touted as a school competition).

Cayman’s national U16 netball team
placed fourth in its four team division during the 10 day competition April
8-18. Cayman faced three other countries in Bermuda, Guyana
and St. Kitts. Bermuda reportedly emerged as
overall winners in the tournament.

The young girls did pull off a win
though as they took down St. Kitts 19-18. Coaching the girls to the win was
head coach Lyneth Monteith, assistant coaches Molly-Ann Moore and Adena Miller
and team manager Whanda Fuad.

In all some twelve players formed
the Cayman team and ranged in age from 12 to 17 years-old. For the majority of
them it was their first time representing Cayman in competition.

Nevertheless the performance was
encouraging to the Cayman coaches. As Monteith states the girls held their own.

“The team improved their
performance as the tournament progressed,” Monteith said. “Whilst not the winners
of their group they gained considerable experience. The tournament enabled the
coaching team to identify areas for development and plans are underway to build
on the experience and knowledge gained in Barbados.

“The players participated in
several events over the ten days which also enriched their experience such as
the candle lighting ceremony, breakfast with the Stars and the shooting competition.
All enabled them to interact with the other players and build new friendships.

“We will work hard in the future to
expose this group of players and others to the game in other countries.  This will require the help of the community
so the association will be appreciative of any help from our community