With the two best teams set to do battle, local netball is primed for an epic encounter.
This Saturday, 31 March, Roma A is slated to battle All Stars A at 6.30pm on the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. The contest pits two of the top three teams in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league.
Roma Centre Dazema Ricketts is among those taking part. The George Town resident is in her third year and states the finals rematch from the last two seasons favours the reigning two-time champs.
“They have to come good to beat us,” Ricketts said. “Roma will win, the next team has to prepare real good for us. We will always be the champs.
“I’ve been playing 11 years from primary school days. My brother Clifton and sister Anya also play netball. As for all the other teams, it was a good season this year with more teams training and playing. We will beat everyone and come home with the championship.”
Roma head into Saturday’s contest at 6-1 and fresh off a 74-16 thrashing of rookie club the Ernst and Young Hot Shots. All Stars are in first at 6-0 after crushing the Hot Shots 67-6 last week.
All Stars player Lisa Kemp states the side has been using their bye weeks to prepare.
“There are definitely tough games coming up,” Kemp said. “We used that time to up our game and practice hard for when the tough teams come along. We want to win, we definitely want to end up as high as we can.”
“I had two years off from netball and I just started playing again after moving here six months ago. I’m from Scotland and lived in Bahrain most of my life. I’m used to hot weather, so much so that when I went back to Scotland for awhile I didn’t like it.”
Saturday also sees Rising Stars B battling Roma B.