At first glance, it hardly sounds like a compelling rivalry between the Roma and Unity netball clubs.
On the court, it did not come across as one either as Roma A won a one-sided contest over Unity A 47-24. The Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league contest took place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts last Saturday.
Roma Goal Defence Carrie Barnett states her squad’s focus is not on a rivalry, but on winning a third straight national title.
“The team is alright the way it is,” Barnett said. “We only need fitness because that is what makes us. If we put our heads to it, we can do it. We have the knowledge of the game.”
Barnett was part of an athletic defence featuring Wing Defence Ramona Denton and Goal Keeper Paula Hughes. All would make scoring a chore for Unity as the quarter breakdown read 14-6, 12-5, 10-8 and 11-5 in favour of Roma.
The rest of the Roma line-up saw Kay Copeland at Goal Shooter, Nicola Pringle at Goal Attack, Wing Attack Stacy-Ann Dehaney, Centre Dazema Ricketts with Sherina Christie and Kadian Riley as subs. The victory puts Roma at 5-1 with their next match being on Saturday, 24 March, against the Ernst and Young Hot Shots.
Unity meanwhile suited up GS Cherita Robinson, GA Sheree McKenzie, WA Kemoya Goulbourne, C Nicketa Boyd, WD Lavern Ebanks, GD Racquel Boyd, GK Zanya Pinnock with Polly-Ann Francis and Beverly Scott as subs. The loss knocks Unity down to 3-4.
For Goulbourne, the defeat does not dampen expectations for the rest of the season.
“I look forward to us being a challenge,” Goulbourne said. “There are a lot of new girls on the team and it’s a different squad this time around. We’re prepared to play up to the challenge and definitely get more wins.”