Starlets shoot for playoff kudos

Local netball has quietly wrapped
up its season after the Easter break and is set for its playoffs.

This Saturday 15 May sees the
second batch of games in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Netball
Association national women’s league.

At 6:30pm Roma takes on Rising
Stars World Gym on court one while Cayman National Bank All Stars battles
Unity. Both games take place on the netball courts of Truman Bodden Sports

The first playoff games were on
Thursday 13 May as the top seeds faced the fourth and final seeds. Coming into
this week teams had been ranked one through five in the two divisions.

Butler Properties All Stars were one
of two unbeaten teams in netball this year. Thanks to the likes of Adena
Miller, Butler
grabbed the top spot in division one at 8-0.

Sudan Powell led Roma into second
at 6-2, Geraldeen “Tiki” Smith shot to Rising Stars World Gym third at 3-5 and
Melanie Lewis has Rawlinson and Hunter in fourth at 2-6.

Maples and Calder missed the
playoffs in fifth place at 1-7. As in previous years the bottom club will be relegated
to division two.

Over in division two Bodden Town
Eclipzers earned the top spot at 6-0. Thanks to attackers like Nekita Saintvil
the Eclipzers scored the most points (208) in their group.

CNB All Stars were second at 3-3,
Unity placed third at 2-4 and Rising Stars Money Gram came fourth at 1-5. Storm
Quik Cash did not field a team this season and were automatically placed last.

After this week’s games the second
round matches take place at the Truman courts. On Thursday comes a pair of
consolation games at 6pm. On Saturday the finals are at 6:30pm.

This week’s playoff match-ups have
a number of people in the netball community excited. Among them is netball
association public relations officer Orvin Palacio.

“The season was so competitive and
I really enjoyed it,” Palacio said. “This year the changes like a concession
area and altered bleachers kept it as exciting as possible. I liked the format
even though there were some hiccups. Nevertheless the playoffs should be just
as exciting. It will be interesting to see who will be in the finals.”