Roma sports club are heading to their third straight finals for the top flight of Cayman netball.
The A team secured their place in the 5 May championship match with a hard-fought 39-14 playoff victory over Maples and Calder. The contest, held at the netball courts at Truman Bodden Sports Complex, served as one of four semi-final matches for the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2011 open league.
At first glance the score line indicates that Roma’s offence and defence were clicking and that was true to an extent. Goal Shooter Kay Copeland, Goal Attack Nicola Pringle and Wing Attack Ramona Denton were in sync and linked up many times to score. On the other side Goal Keeper Sudan Powell, Goal Defence Carrie Barnett and Wing Defence Paula Hughes were on top of every ball.
However Maples put up an epic battle from start to finish and in stretches matched Roma’s hustle and technique. Maples team captain and Wing Attack Christina Gordon made solid strides in the first half. Through her efforts GS Latoya Nixon and GA Catherine Anderson would get their touches and end up with a number of decent shots on net.
Defensively props must be given to GK Teneisha Wilson (sister of star netballer Rosemarie Wilson) and Katherine Maw who never gave up against an unrelenting Roma attack, often started by Centre Dazema Ricketts.
Ultimately Roma team manager and player Stacy-Ann Dehaney is pleased with the result. The Tony’s Toys Service Manager states her side excelled as a unit.
“The team played well though we started out rocky,” Dehaney said. “But we settled in. The starting team we had against Maples was pretty much the side we started all season. The attackers were on target and the defence was tight. Maples were very good and our attackers had extra work to do.
“But it was a collective effort in that game and all season by the team in all of our victories. There’s no ‘I’ in team and we had nine team members, including Sheana Nairne and Sasha Samms, all contribute.
“The finals are not until May and we’re comfortably waiting to see who we will play. Whether it is All Stars A or Rising Stars A (who played last Saturday in the other semi-final game at Truman) we’ll be ready.”