After winning the national netball
title this year, Roma has exuded confidence. Proof of that came last Saturday
in the club’s opening match to the 2010 mixed netball league.
Behind some strong shooting and
athletic defending Roma defeated team Multi-Built 30-7 at the netball courts of
Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The final result was never in doubt as the green
and yellow warriors enjoyed 5-3 and 12-0 advantages in the first half.
Multi-Built never recovered in the second half going down 5-3 and 8-1 in the
third and fourth quarters respectively.
The star of the match was Roma’s
Goal Attack Kay Copeland, whose form stayed true throughout the night in
scoring about 20 of Roma’s points. Copeland’s height and shooting form served
her well in the match as it did against All Stars back in the national finals
this Spring and she simply did not miss. Helping with the scoring were
attacking players Marvin Gordon, Nicola Pringle and Stacy-Ann Dehaney. All did
the basics of the game well by making smart passes, constantly moving their feet
and getting in good positions to catch and shield the ball.
Roma had a lot of positives
elsewhere on the court, especially Centre Clifton Ricketts. A member of Roma’s
football club, Ricketts was all over the place lunging for balls and making
athletic passes. Also Goal Defence Carrie Barnett deserves props for sticking
with her defensive assignments and making offence a chore for her opponents.
On the other side there wasn’t a
whole lot to write home about. Multi-Built seemed a step slower than Roma the
whole game though to their credit they never gave up. The men on the team did
make some entertaining hustle plays and scrapped often for loose balls. But by
and large Goal Shooter David Wilson, Centre Gabe Dikens and Goal Keeper Kiegel
Atkinson came away from those encounters empty-handed.
Interestingly Multi-Built are not
strangers to netball. The team has essentially the same players as Unity
netball club and is lead by Unity team manager Faye Green. Multi-Built gets its
name from sponsor Multi-Built Construction, a small general contractors company
owned by Rowena and Everton Vidal.
Netball stalwart Maria Kennedy
served as referee on the night. She stated in passing that on the whole the
match was sloppy as both teams are yet to get in elite form. Kennedy, who
brought her interest in netball over from the UK years ago, was particularly
amazed with Roma as even though they won by a landslide the side made a lot of
unforced passing errors.
The next game on the league
schedule is on Thursday 9 September at 6pm between All Stars and FHH Blazers.
Matches take place every Thursday and Saturday evening at Truman Bodden into middle