Flames fired up for double dip

The Flames Strikers are at an interesting cross-roads in their netball season. 

Heading into this week, the side is 3-3 in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league. The side plays on Thursday, 22 March, against Roma B and again on Saturday, 24 March, against Rising Stars B. 

Both contests take place at 6.30pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. A pair of victories can propel the side to a top four position. Top shooter Marsha Campbell guarantees that the upcoming games will end in triumphs. 

“The game plan is we know we can come out victorious,” Campbell said. “It doesn’t matter the team, we will come out victorious.” 

Both of the Flames’ opponents are not intimidating. Roma B are far removed from a 2011 B division title and at 0-5, will be lucky to come away with a victory in 2012. Departures have ravaged the side, leaving Jahzenia Thomas and Kristie Hurlston to carry the load. 

Rising Stars B are just 1-3 and their youth is a double-edged sword. For all of the athleticism from the likes of Lexie Bodden and Alexis Carias, a lack of composure shows up at inopportune times. 

After this week’s games, Flames are off until 14 April. At that time, they will face a Unity A team with aspirations of a top four finish as well. With this season slated to feature a top four championship battle and a bottom four consolation cup chase, seeding will have added importance after next month’s Easter break. 

Flames player Squiddy McGarvey, who plays on both offence and defence, feels the remaining matches offer no stress. 

“I know you say we’ve got tough teams left but in my mind we’ve gone over the hurdle,” McGarvey said. “We’ll put on a good show and we got a good chance.”