Rising Stars netball club have traditionally produced good teams. So far on the court the side may have a great squad on their hands.
Heading into this week the club’s A team was on top of the 2011 open league. Put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association, the league standings see Rising Stars A with an unblemished 4-0 record.
One of the people encouraged but not overly enthused about that start is team head coach Tricia Skyers-Palacio. A substitute in many matches, Skyers-Palacio has guided a side loaded with veterans like Marcia Moiten and Tara Ramoon. She states the fast start is good.
“My team always had it in them,” Skyers-Palacio said. “We don’t underestimate anyone. In a way I’m not surprised because everyone is into the game. We’ve had good games and the teams have given us a fight. We knew we had to work and it’s good that in our last game we were down and had to come back. I love our team no matter who we decide (to put on the court).”
Most of those victories came last month as the club took down Unity A, Roma B, Maples and Calder and sister side Rising Stars B (who are 1-1 after beating Unity A in the season opener). The side does not play again until next Saturday 26 February against All Stars B. A number of clubs such as Roma and All Stars will play games at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts before then.
Skyers-Palacio realizes it is possible another team could challenge her side’s spot atop the rankings. At this point she is conservative about her squad’s title chances.
“It’s a little early to tell. But they’re coming out to play, they’re young and they want it. Time will tell when we get on the court.”