Gillian wrapping up U21 tryouts

Young girls in Cayman have two more chances to make the national netball team.

The Cayman Islands Netball Association, under the direction of national coach Gillian Lee, is concluding tryouts for the national Under-21 team this weekend at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts.

A number of ladies have been impressed with the tryout process. Among them is Bodden Town native Avril Myers, 19, who is going to college in Jamaica this month to develop her netball skills.

“I think it’s great that they are now taking a keen interest in the youths and they are now getting the exposure they need to excel in netball,” Myers said. “With hard training, dedication and perseverance, I know the team we put together will be one to talk about for years to come and I look forward to playing with the girls when I return next summer on holiday.”

The last two tryouts take place on Saturday, 29 September, 8-10am and Sunday, 30 September, 4-6pm. Selected players will be posted on the association website on Monday, 1 October. All players are required to fill in a registration form prior to the selections, which can be found at caymannetball.ky/development/national-teams.

Lee, the technical director for Cayman netball, has conducted tryouts this month ahead of the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland next August.

Aside from the tryouts, the netball association has also focused on the summer mixed league. Matches are currently ongoing at Truman Bodden and Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

The competition runs until October with matches on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm. Some six teams have signed up in the Blazers, Rising Stars, Stay Alive, Lone Star-Boos Mix, The Bold and the Beautiful and the Flames Strikers.

Up next is the season-opening uniform parade on 3 November with the national women’s league commencing on 15 November.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now