So far the Frank Hall Homes Blazers
are defying expectations. In spite of being a rookie club, the side is
currently the best team in mixed netball.
Last week the Blazers swept both of
their matches and now sit in first place in the 2010 Cayman Islands Netball
Association Mixed League. Frank Hall Homes beat Roma 23-18 on Thursday and
Multi-Built 31-15 on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball
courts. The squad now sports 15 points, which places them ahead of Roma and All
Stars (both with five points thanks to a win and a loss), Multi-Built and
Rising Stars World Gym (who have yet to win and earn a point).
In both matches offence emerged as
a definite asset for the Blazers. Gavin Watts is the central figure and netted
about half of the points (against Roma) and contributed to a large percentage
of scores against Multi-Built. Molly-Ann Moore also had a starring role in both
games as her passing and footwork contributed to the offence. Both Watts and
Moore are no strangers to netball having been in the mixed league for more than
Frank Hall Homes can also boast
great flexibility with its line-up. Ramon Buchanan, Stacey Reid-Satahoo and
Kimesha Walters all are interchangeable pieces on both sides of the ball. A
relative unknown in the sport, Buchanan is showing the leaping ability to make
shots as a goal shooter and connect passes as a centre. Reid-Satahoo’s footwork
puts her in the right spot at both goal attack and wing defence while Walters’
hustle keeps her on top of the ball both at goal defence and wing attack.
On defence the side has benefitted
from a solid mix of experience and athleticism. Serving as the defensive anchor
is Cynthia Collington, who in spite of being verbally prodded by coach Nicola
Williams, has used her years of netball play to constantly read passes and
hamper shots. Surrounding her has been a collection of male talents including
flag football stand-out Richard Allen, basketball star Gary ‘Butcher’
McLaughlin and Wayne Brown. What the trio lacks in playing time they make up
for with fitness as they have stamina and court vision to hamper passes and
Based on the play of their
opponents though, the league title is not a given for Blazers. As expected Roma
are a tough out and a gritty team that has played together for a few years. In
the future the Blazers will have to keep up with a strong central unit of
Clifton Ricketts, Stacey-Ann Dehaney and Paula Hughes to succeed.
The silent sleeper of the
competition could be Multi-Built. The team has produced a number of athletes so
far. In particular basketball stars Dwight O’Garro and Omar Clarke are the men
to watch as their leaping ability and positioning translates to the netball
courts. The glue of the team is captain and league regular David Wilson who can
play just about any position. If female players Ramona Denton and Natalie Shaw
continue to hustle then four or five wins are in the offing.
Blazers are next in action on
Saturday 2 October against Rising Stars.