Hot shots steady Roma

After
three interesting years in the national netball league Roma are finally the top
of the heap.

Last
Saturday the side secured its first national championship in defeating the
Butler Properties All Stars in the division one final of the Cayman Islands
Netball Association senior women’s league. With most of the supporters at the
game rooting for the yellow and green, Roma made all of them happy thanks to a
40-30 score.

Courtesy
of some hot shooting from Goal Shooter Nicole Pringle and Goal Attack Kay
Copeland Roma jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter edge. Butlers battled back in
the second as Pauline Bodden came alive to force a 10-9 advantage. The third
quarter, where Butlers had another 7-6 edge, was stagnant at times as a tense
tussle emerged for ball possession on the wing. However Roma, thanks to
chanting and screaming from the fans, pulled away in the last quarter with an
11-7 edge.

Many
of the players, who have a connection to Jamaica, were estatic about claiming
their first title. Among them was goal keeper Sudan Powell, who has been with
the team since inception.

“This
is our third year in the competition and after a third place finish in our
first year and a second place mark last year it’s great to be a winner,” Powell
said. “It feels good, we’ve been training quite awhile for this moment. It’s
tremendous and I’ve worked for the championship all this time.”

Powell
had her hands full at times trying to contain Bodden and Butler Goal Shooter
Nicola Williams near the net and deal with the passing tactics of Wing Attack
Caroyln Vivian and Centre Lyneth Monteith. However she held her own and said many
of her team-mates deserve credit for the win.

“Our
GA and GS played tremendously well together,” Powell said. “They attacked well
on offense and it was great seeing all of Kay’s shots on target. The defense
was quite good as we were able to contain Pauline and our Goal Defense Carrie
Barnett was on top of everything. Centre Paula Hughes, who is a natural
defender, proved why she is an all-arounder at mid-court. Wing Defense Zoenief
Walker played excellent and Wing Attack Sheena Nairne gave a special performance.”

Among
the Butler players who gave their best on Saturday were Goal Defense Rayon
Clarke, Goal Keeper Cynthia Collington and subs Whanda Fuad, Andrea Singh and
Adena Miller. Ultimately though Butlers could not capp off a fantastic regular
season in which the side went unbeaten in eight games.

Instead
Roma, who were second at 6-2, walk away with the most props for the next few
months. After that it remains to be seen if the side can keep the magic going.
Powell feels confident a repeat is in the offing.

“Next
year we’re looking to add a few new players to have a division one and two
team,” Powell said. “This team we have now is exceptionally good as it is set
up right now. I’m confident we will have a good year and I look forward to
defending our championship next season.”

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