The season may only be three weeks
old but already there are warning signs that a repeat mixed league championship
for All Stars netball club is unlikely.
So far the club sports a 1-1 record
and nabbed its first win of the season last Saturday in a tense 18-15 win over
Rising Stars (sponsored by World Gym). The key contributors in that game were
attacking players Courtney Wisdom (goal shooter), Pauline Bodden (goal attack),
Lyneth Monteith (wing attack) and Ovaine Monteith (centre). Honourable mention
goes to defensive players Caroline Reid (wing defence, Kayon Clarke (goal
defence) and Rhod Taylor (goal keeper).
As that match shows Rising Stars
could be a threat down the road. In particular the club has some key players in
Wing Attack Casy Swaby and Centre Gary Palmer to compliment role players like
Letanya Thompson and Tara Ramoon.
As far as All Stars are concerned
the issues of note have been the team’s sloppy passing and general intensity
and more importantly the level of opposition. Roma continues to boast an
explosive offensive team and Frank Hall Homes Blazers have a large number of
team members that played with All Stars last season like Gavin Watt, Cynthia
Collington and Nicola Williams.
In fact of the two opposing clubs
the Blazers have been the biggest threat. Last Thursday the side defeated All
Stars 31-26 behind a first half blitz that saw the score read 19-13. Among the
members of the Blazers worthy of note are flag football player Richard Allen
and multi-sport star Molly-Ann Moore.