Unity prep for opening parade

Cayman Islands netball is about to launch its season and one of the teams making preparations is Unity.

The club has been appealing for more players ahead of the 2011-2012 open league, put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association. According to Unity team manager and president Faye Green the squad has grown immensely ahead of the national women’s competition.

“Our team is really big now,” Green said. “We had like 30 people at training the other day. We’re still by the New Testament Church on North Sound Road alongside Roma. It’s to the point now where we draw spectators at practice.”

The first league matches are slated to take place early next month. Prior to that, teams will take part in the annual opening parade. Slated for this Saturday, 26 November, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the parade is a show of pageantry and community spirit.

Teams like Rising Stars and Roma are coming off a good showing at Unity’s netball rally over the Remembrance Day public holiday. The competition took place at New Testament Church with Roma (steadied by Carrie Barnett and Dazema Ricketts) and RS (with Tara Ramoon and Shanai Allen) placing first and third respectively.

A number of notable players took part in the rally including Nicola Pringle, Avril Myers and Kristie Hurlston. Other sports figures were also present including basketball legend Ovaine Monteith. Minister of Sport Mark Scotland was on hand for part of the rally.

Green states the feedback from all of the teams and players was positive.

“Roma was the top team as usual and they had the best shooter in Kay Copeland. Rising Stars also did well. Our youngest player was Meisha Thompson, 10, from Faith Cathedral.

“The teams were satisfied. Their remarks were that they enjoyed the day, it was peaceful, well done and they would be willing to come back to support it. Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre did netball for the first time and though they didn’t expect to get anything they were so happy with themselves.

“It was well received in the community. Young people really mixed with the adults. It was all about trying to break that partition and bring peace to the community. I feel good about that. I thank all of the teams, spectators and sponsors for their support.”

For more information on Unity netball call Faye Green at 328-6681 or David Wilson at 328-2046

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