The new netball season is slated to begin in about a month and the sport’s current dynasty is in transition.
Roma heads into action with some key pieces unavailable. Netball’s reigning back-to-back champions figure to be hard-pressed to repeat A and B titles in the 2011-2012 Cayman Islands Netball Association open league (which starts in mid-November).
Roma United Sports Club president Robert Sairsingh states it will be an interesting campaign in Cayman’s national netball competition.
“We’re going in with confidence as most of our members are still available,” Sairsingh said. “However we did lose one of our key members in Sudan Powell. She returned home to Jamaica. I feel our defence will suffer as she was a player who manned our Goal Defence and Goal Keeper positions.
“There are no more losses to our A team. With our B team there is quite some rebuilding to do.”
Roma have dominated the top flight of the sport the last two years. A stingy defence has been a staple with the now departed Powell teaming up with Carrie Barnett and Paula Hughes. Offensively the side has excelled behind Kay Copeland and Nicola Pringle.
Last season, Roma competed in the second (or B) division for the first time. Sairsingh states three major players will be absent.
“We will have some challenges with the B team. Three of our players are overseas at university. I would say two of them are like the glue because they are such key players and on-court leaders. Anissa Owen is in Canada, Renece Willis is in England and Saneata Smith is in Florida. We’ll need a lot of work and our A team leaders will be recruiting.
“We have some young girls that want to come in. But we’re talking very young, around 11 or 12-years-old, which might be too young.”