Rain can’t dampen Stars

Bad weather in Cayman may stop
sporting activities this week but the hype around netball continues.

On Thursday Rising Stars World Gym
and team Multi-Built are scheduled to square off at 6.30pm. The match would
take place at the netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex as part of the
2010 Cayman Islands Netball Association Mixed Netball League.

A big damper to the proceedings
could be the current inclement weather around the Cayman Islands. As of Tuesday
Cayman was under a tropical storm warning and local weather conditions saw
heavy rainfall, overcast skies and cases of flooding. The netball association
had not called off Thursday’s game or Saturday’s match featuring Rising Stars
and the Frank Hall Home Blazers (who feature star scorer Gavin Watts) at press
time. In fact association press officer Orvin Palacio states the contests were
still a go.

“Right now I haven’t heard from the
executive board in regards to matches,” Palacio said. “At this point I’m under
the impression that everything will go on as scheduled.”

Assuming there are games, then
Thursday should see a solid match. Behind the likes of Melissa Rankine and
Letanya Thompson Rising Stars have been competitive in its first two contests,
losing by less than five point each time. Last Thursday the side just missed
out on an epic upset over Roma. Neither team scored more than 20 points and
Roma just scraped out a one-point victory.

Palacio, who doubles as the Rising
Stars team manager, states a number of players for both teams excelled in that
game. “For Roma Kay Copeland was on point while Clifton Ricketts did good as
usual. With Clifton I’d say as he went so went Roma. Our shooter Edison “Eddy”
Manderson was on point and kept us in the game the first three quarters. The
game was really tight from start to finish in fact. Casy Swaby at Wing Attack
and Gary Palmer at Centre were key as well. Gary really stepped up for us I
must say.”

From there Roma went on to beat All
Stars by 10 points on Saturday to keep their second place position in the
standings (behind the Blazers). Like Rising Stars Multi-Built have not won a
match this season but have proven to be a tough out. With basketball talents
such as Omar Clarke and Dwight O’Garro mixing with experienced players like
team captain David Wilson and all-rounder Ramona Denton there is enough
athletic ability to out-play teams.

Palacio is well aware of
Multi-Built’s strengths and states he will not take them lightly.  “There is a lot of parity in the league this
season. Multi-Built are an example of that. On any given night they can be a
team to be reckoned with. They seem to be going from strength to strength. To
be honest I don’t know what to expect on Thursday so we’ll just have to see.

“What I do know is Tricia Hughes is
an attacking player for them. She’s really good and a player we have to watch.
Also David (Wilson) is like the Energizer bunny for them and we have to contain
him as much as possible.”

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