Inexperience and nerves may work against the Roma B netball team. But the side often excels with athleticism, as evidenced by its opening round playoff win.
Hustle and natural ability powered Roma to a 24-15 victory over a determined Unity A club at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. The match was part of the semi-finals for the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2011 open league.
Shining bright for Roma was wing player Anissa Owen. The track and field star did it all from defending attackers to making excellent passes as Goal Defence. Owen put on a dazzling display of footwork as she got to pretty much every loose ball.
Owen would get help on both ends of the court from a variety of players. Offensively the side pushed ahead thanks to the shooting of Goal Shooter Jahzenia Thomas and Goal Attack Kristie Hurlston. Defensively Goal Keeper Saneata Smith did a sterling job stifling shots while Centre Renece Willis broke up more than her fair share of passes.
All those efforts would be needed to stop a Unity team intent on an upset. A traditionally mediocre side in the regular season, Unity has built a reputation for stepping up in the playoffs. Under the eyes of manager Faye Green, Unity was never down by more than 10 points during the match.
Going forward Roma B is now in the consolation trophy finals. They will play on 5 May against the winner of last Saturday’s All Stars B and Rising Stars B encounter.