All Stars A needed three shots at a national championship and their third one was the charm.
That fact left many onlookers satisfied with the netball club. Among them were male mixed league players like Romone Buchanan, who states their victory is a testament to true champions.
“Most of the players played with us in the mixed league,” Buchanan said. “So guys like Gavin Watts and I were at the finals to motivate them. We also felt we moulded them to where they are now.
“It was a good game and I feel good and elated as they were second to Roma this year. For two years strong, they were second. But they came, they wanted it and they took it.”
All Stars, sponsored by Central Cooling, claimed their first title in three years by defeating Roma A 39-28 for the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league crown. Roma were the two-time defending champions, having beaten All Stars in 2010 and 2011. This year, the sides finished with one loss apiece and Roma claimed the regular season title.
This month’s final pitted both teams at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre, marking the first time a national final was played indoors at that site. All Stars relished the change from the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. Leading the way offensively were Goal Shooter Nicola Williams, Goal Attack Stacy Reid-Satahoo, Wing Attack Carolyn Vivian and Centre Katherine Maw. The defence featured Goal Keeper Teneisha Wilson, Goal Defence Cynthia Collington and Wing Defence Kimesha Walters.
Gavin Watts was another male player who came out to watch the finals. A veteran of the sport, Watts has starred for All Stars’ mixed team in addition to clubs like the Frank Hall Home Blazers. He states the victory adds another chapter in the club rivalry between All Stars and Roma.
“Like their team name suggests, the stars shone brightly,” Watts said. “The majority of the crowd supported Roma and they’ve never been disappointed. All Stars took the game. They wanted the title and they took it. The better team won.
“Both teams had skill but All Stars used their heads. This result has me highly anticipating the co-ed league.”
The 2012 open league, Cayman’s national women’s competition, would also crown the Flames Strikers. Flames emerged the consolation winners after beating Unity A 40-25. The Strikers won their first netball title in their inaugural season.