The Flames Strikers showed veteran poise as newcomers.
In their inaugural season as a netball club, Flames won the consolation championship in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012 open league crown. The Strikers downed Unity A 40-25 at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre on a night when the national finals were played indoors for the first time at that site.
Flames captain Pheona Plummer states she is pleased to be part of history.
“It was very overwhelming and I’m very pleased with my team-mates, they all did well,” Plummer said. “We came out to win. This is our first year and we came and won the group. We’re very proud of that.”
Flames, sponsored by Tortuga, and Unity played for the consolation title after beating Rising Stars B and Unity B respectively in the first round of the playoffs. The postseason featured eight of the 10 teams in the league. They were separated into a top four, who battled for the national title and a bottom four.
All Stars A and Roma A ended up playing for the championship for the third straight time, with All Stars winning 39-28 and ending Roma’s run of two straight titles. Flames, 5-3, and Unity, 4-4, were just short of a shot at the overall championship as All Stars B, 5-3, finished fourth.
Nevertheless, the Strikers came out determined behind a stellar offensive effort from Goal Shooter Marsha Campbell, Goal Attack Latoya Nixon and Wing Attack Denecia Cranston. Centre Glenita Logan, Wing Defence Camika Richards, Goal Defence Nicole Biggs and Goal Keeper Fiona Chambers were solid on defence. The subs for the Strikers were Sheana McDonald, Squiddy McGarvey, Plummer, Vanessa Holness and Rochelle Webb.
For the record, Unity fielded GS Tameka Brown, GA Zanya Pinnock, WA Beverley Watson, C Racquel Graham, WD Polly-Ann Francis, GD Kerry Scarlett and GK Anika Parkinson. Elaine Bloomfield and Naketa Boyd were subs.
Plummer states her Strikers are eager for a national title shot next season.
“We were hoping to win the championship but we feel it’s a win still. We were first in our division and next year we will be better. We’re going to do some serious training. The fans will be very proud of us.”