Maples and Calder are one of a handful of squads chasing props in Cayman netball. With a resurgent veteran at the helm the chances are good they can be a force.
Christina Gordon leads Maples into action this Saturday 29 January at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. At 6.30pm the side faces Rising Stars A while Unity B takes on All Stars B (sponsored by Cayman National Bank). Gordon, a formidable player years ago, states that the side is looking to develop chemistry this season.
“Gelling is important,” Gordon said. “I have high expectations. We have a lot of skilled players so it’s just a matter of gelling well. It’s a lot like last year. All of the players are new; it’s a new team really. Some of the players have played together back in the day. They might be a bit rusty but it’s like riding a bike. It’s only a matter of practicing together and refining their skills.”
Gordon takes over the helm of the side from Keisha Solomon (nee Terry). In fact a number of players have left the side while notable names such as Melanie Lewis and Catherine Anderson have joined the club. Gordon, a 24 year-old article clerk at Maples, states the side has various pieces in place.
“We had players from the Rawlinson and Hunter team come over to join us. Melanie Lewis and Catherine Anderson, my co-captain, are the two standouts. Among the new names on the side is Tonicia Wilson, Carrie Bennett, Latoya Nixon and Luisa Hernandez. Most of them are old-school talent, players that go way back. Plus you have the likes of Sasha Powell and Denicia Cranston (the vice-captain) returning from last year.
“On the other hand Christina McTaggart no longer works at Maples and is not on the team. Keisha (Solomon) is playing with All Stars this year and she is no longer with Maples. In addition to being team captain I also have the team manager duties. However we will be a force to be reckoned with. We’ve had practice twice a week, starting in November (we took the Christmas break off). On the court we give it our best and at the end of the day that’s all you can do.”