The Ernst and Young Hot Shots are showing some potential in local netball.
On one hand, the side was thrashed 74-16 by Roma A in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league last Saturday. Then again, 16 points is the most they have scored this season after notching less than 10 points in their two other losses.
As the squad continues to find its way at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts, players like Joanna Knight are optimistic.
“We’re staying positive in the face of defeat,” Knight said. “We working on individual things and we feel like we’re improving every week. We’re looking forward to our first win of the season.”
Knight, who played Goal Shooter and Goal Defence, was joined by Goal Attack Allie Campbell, Wing Attack/Centre Roz Glanfield, C/WA Claire Loebell, Wing Defence Monique Bullar, GD/GS Laura Decaux and Goal Keeper Louise Kitching on Saturday.
Ernst and Young lost their season-opener 65-8 to the 5-3 Flames Strikers earlier this month and were defeated 67-6 last Thursday by 6-0 All Stars A. The Hot Shots have five matches left, including two rescheduled contests against Unity A and B. They play again this Thursday, 29 March, against 6-1 Rising Stars A.
Roma, 6-1, had a firm grip on Saturday’s match, winning each quarter 18-2, 14-6, 20-5 and 22-3. The reigning two-time national champions again had issues with player availability only suiting up six ladies in GS Kay Copeland, GA Nicola Pringle, WA Stacy-Ann Dehaney, C Dazema Ricketts, GD Carrie Barnett and GK Kadian Riley.
Riley, who joined Roma in 2008, states roster problems are not an issue with her side.
“Carrie and I did a good job of keeping the goal circle well-protected,” Riley said. “We are the best, in spite of being short of players almost every week. We can defeat the other teams.”