Jah was on their side

Throughout the year defence was the staple of the Roma B netball team. However offence guided them to victory in their rookie season.

Roma got clutch scores last Saturday in its consolation cup final for the 2011 open league put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association. As a result All Stars B would be on the losing end of a 23-19 score at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts.

Guiding the way for Roma was Goal Attack Jahzenia Thomas. The daughter of softball guru Marlon Thomas proved her prowess in netball as she made shots under pressure from a relentless defence.

Thanks to Thomas, Roma would win the second and final quarters 9-3 and 4-1 respectively. Also helping out on the offensive end were Goal Shooter Kristie Hurlston, who played with a bad leg, Wing Attack Samantha Dennis and Centre Trudy-Ann Campbell, who was a difference-maker with her passing.

Credit though must go to the All Stars defence of Wing Defence Martika Williams, Goal Defence Whitney General and Goal Keeper Renee Lindo. The trio made every shot attempt tough for the yellow and green warriors. The performance of Williams and General was especially impressive considering they ran the offence for last year’s division two championship team.

This season’s final would see GS Liana Benjamin, GA Tishelle Logan, WA Merary Eden and C Jeneka McLaughlin carry the offence. The group deserves credit for keeping All Stars in the game, with Benjamin having a great shooting night. They were all solid, especially in the first and third quarters as their squad enjoyed advantages of 5-3 and 10-7 respectively.

Not to be outdone on the defensive end for Roma were WD Avril Myers, GD Anissa Owen and GK Saneata Smith. Myers played solid man-to-man defence in spite of lingering flu symptoms, Owen nursed a twisted ankle for most of the game but still showed her trademark hustle and Smith used her height to stifle the attacking players.

For the record both teams fought off fatigue with fresh legs off the bench. Roma had Renece Willis, Jessica Angel and Danielle Mighty waiting in the wings. All Stars meanwhile sported subs Gabriella Whitter, Janee Welcome, Shenea Watson, Jeneka Ebanks and Adrian Mackay.

Netball association president Lucille Seymour was pleased with the effort of both clubs.

“They both played well on Saturday,” Seymour said. “I admire them for getting youth teams in the competitions in the form of their B teams.”