Unity expects more net gains

Unity netball club have never been concerned with wins and losses. That attitude has not changed heading into 2011.

The side is taking part in the upcoming 2011 Cayman Islands Netball Association Adult Open Netball League. The competition starts this Saturday, 8 January, at the netball courts of the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Unity club manager Faye Green states the side is upbeat about its chances. “I’m feeling good about the team,” Green said. “They can do it once they pull themselves together and play smart. We’re going to fellowship with each team as we always have. I don’t see anything changing in 2011. We want to love the teams all the same.”

The club started in 2008 based on the concept of bringing men and women in Cayman together through the sport of netball. That emphasis has not led to great success on the court as the side has been historically one of the weaker squads. Nevertheless they are renowned for their hustle and team spirit.

Green is more worried about that aspect of playing netball than any spot in the standings. “With the A team there are some new girls but most of them are members of the club. Whether my team is weak or not I’m asking them to have discipline. If you go out there and get beat up there’s a next time to go out. There are many chances to come out victorious.

“The ball is round and anyone can win. In any sport you have strong ones and weak ones and the difference between them is who tells themselves they can do it. One day the weak ones have to come up and we can do it.” Unity will be among nine squads in action until early April. They play first this Saturday at 6.30pm as Unity A takes on Rising Stars A. The other match-up on the night sees All Stars B facing Roma B at 6.30pm.

This year’s format is different from years past as there will be three rounds of competition. Part one is a round-robin schedule with the second section focusing on the top four teams facing off in the playoffs. The third and final round features the bottom four squads playing for a consolation trophy.

Like the other major clubs in Cayman, Unity have a B division side in this year’s competition. Established players like Kerry Scarlett and Melissa Morris are playing for the A team though the B side remains a mystery. Green states the introduction of a second Unity side is about raising youth participation.

“Right now the B team is getting set up and it will centre on the youths. There will be a few adults but mostly young people, probably some from the high schools. The association wants more youths playing and training and we feel the same way.

“We’ve been practicing at the New Testament Church (in George Town) this week. We don’t feel like no one is far above us. We’re not looking at the standings or looking at potential wins and losses. It’s not about winning but rather uniting with other people.”