Palacio sees his Stars Rising

It has been a decent year for the
Rising Stars netball club. In a few weeks time the side hopes to build on their
achievements with a strong showing in the annual mixed league.

Rising
Stars will be one of the local teams represented in the club division of the
league. The squad goes into action next month at the netball courts at the
Truman Bodden Sports Complex (the start of the league was pushed back to 4
September). In the meantime the side is focusing on getting match-fit. Orvin
Palacio is the club’s manager and doubles as the press officer for the Cayman
Islands Netball Association. As he states the squad is trying to re-establish
team-work.

“We started back training last week
after a month off for the players to get some rest and so forth,” Palacio said.
“I’m focused on trying to get the team back and having our team play together.”

Roughly three months ago the club
capped off its national league campaign by sporting two playoff teams. Money
Gram advanced to the division two finals while World Gym were knocked out in
the first round. In addition the club just missed out on a mixed league title
last year as World Gym lost in the finals to the All Stars (sponsored by Guy Harvey’s
Ocean Foundation). Palacio states the biggest stumbling block this time around
could be the availability of players.

“Across the board it has been
difficult with people having other commitments. We’re only putting in one team
this year and people are missing like Geraldeen Smith (she’s off-island) and
Lexie Solomon (she’s too young to play). We’re hoping to get Collin Anglin on
the team. We’re trying to gel and we’ll have to wait and see where we are at
when the season starts,” he said.

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