Flames burn bright for march

Unity netball club have never focused much on results but the squad can be proud of a recent showing. 

At the 2011 Cayman Islands Netball Association opening uniform parade, Unity would place first in both adult categories. Under the new name of Flames, the team would strut their red and black kits to the top of open division one and two. 

Unity team manager and president Faye Green states the new look seen at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex will be a permanent feature this season. 

“We will be using the Flames look for the 2011-2012 season,” Green said. “We will use the kits in the games. It took time to get it together. A lot of hard work went in and we put out our very best. The girls put in the time and effort and all of us came together to come out on top for once.” 

For their efforts Unity would win cheques and gas vouchers. They would finish ahead of All-Stars, who sported a hip green and pink uniform along with a separate dark blue and light blue kit, in both segments with Rising Stars, in their traditional mix of orange and white as well as red and white kits, placing third in the second division. 

A pair of schools emerged big winners last Saturday in Red Bay Primary and John Gray High. Red Bay, in their star-studded maroon skirts and white tops, were the Under-9 and Under-11 category winners ahead of 2010 champions George Town Primary, who were sponsored by Sagicor and donned sharp blue, white and black uniforms. East End Primary, with their yellow, baby blue and dark blue kits and yellow pompoms, was third in the U9 segment while Savannah Primary, donning yellow and blue attire, came third in the U11 group. 

John Gray had the top three teams in the U14 and U16 sections. The Blazers, with their red skirts, red floral tops and red pompoms, were first in the U14 category. They were followed by the Panthers, in their purple kits and attractive blue banner, and the Jets (sponsored by Barnes transport) in a yellow, black and white number. 

The purple-clad Tigers were first in the U16 segment followed by the red and yellow Blazers and the yellow Tigers. A lot of netballers walked away with random prizes such as blackberry and Nokia phones from LIME. 

A new twist this year was that all of the teams did some form of dance routine for the judges. The judging panel, featuring Onicia Mitchell, Director of Sports Collin Anglin and sportswoman Bobeth O’Garro among others, saw everything from acrobatic splits and flips to military marches and original songs. 

Special guests and dignitaries for the parade were Linda McField (Master of Ceremonies), Civil Service Association President James Watler and Sheena Anglin (wife of Education Minister Rolston Anglin). Sports Minister Mark Scotland and netball association president Lucille Seymour were both unable to attend. 

Of the group, Collin Anglin had the most powerful message, saying that sports can better these islands. 

“Nelson Mandela said that sport has the power to change the world and inspire change in people,” Anglin said. “Sport, he said, spoke to the youth in a language they can understand. I agree with Nelson. Netball is one of the focus sports of these islands and government is happy to support its initiatives.  

“We all know the benefit of sports. They bring communities together and improve public health. People get exercise and by checking themselves they can reduce the strain on the healthcare system. I want to encourage the netball association to continue working to improve the youth of these islands.” 

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The John Gray girls danced their way to victory.

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Unity netball club wowed the crowd as the Flames. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES