2012 offers net gains

Local netball looks to have some interesting new initiatives in store for 2012.

According to Cayman Islands Netball Association Secretary Norma Ferryman, the sport will host the return of an English team, stage another dance fundraiser and launch a national youth league.

“We’re doing a retreat for strategic planning on 29 September,” Ferryman said. “For 2012 there are a number of items upcoming. The association will be organizing a Under-21 competition. In preparation for that we currently have six coaches who have started a coaching course with the Americas Federation of Netball Associations.

“Cathedral club, who hail from England, will visit in April 2012 to play goodwill games with the U16 and U21 players along with local clubs. The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble will serve as a netball fundraiser and we will be planning that partnership with the performing arts in September.

“In all of this we continue to keep an invitation open for volunteers. Netball also extends an invitation to former or interested netballers to volunteer as umpires and bench officials for next year’s leagues.”

While the association maintains a watchful eye for next year, a pair of notable competitions are still to come in 2011. Up first is the annual mixed league, which is slated to start 3 September. The registration deadline is next Saturday 27 August, with teams needing to field a minimum of three men. Games will take place Thursdays and Saturdays at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. The defending champions are the Frank Hall Homes Blazers.

From there comes the start of the 2011-2012 open league, Cayman’s national women’s competition. Games are expected to start in November after the usual opening parade at the national stadium. The two-time reigning title holders are Roma, featuring star Nicola Pringle.

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