Rosemarie Wilson is one of Cayman’s top players still in line to face Scottish opposition.
Wilson, 17, is one of 25 young ladies who survived the initial tryouts for the national Under-21 netball team. The squad is being organised by the Cayman Islands Netball Association, under the direction of national coach Gillian Lee.
Lee, who doubles as the technical director for Cayman netball, states the roster will be trimmed down next year.
“The first cut for the national team was made on the weekend,” Lee said. “Of the 25 girls we have, five are studying overseas. Another cut will be at Christmas with the last one in May and we will pick the team after that. The squad has started training towards the World Youth Netball Championships, which is being played in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2013.
“The players have committed their time and efforts towards improving their fitness, learning the skills of the game and the team work needed to succeed in a team sport.”
Aside from Wilson, the other girls are Shanai Allen, Alexis Carias, Kimberly David, Aliana Dodds, Terri-Ann Hunter, Megan Hurlston, Tracey Hydes, Noviann McLean, Brittany Mobley, Hannah Peralta, Jayda Powery, Karla Rankin, Olivia Samuels, Charlotte Shepheard, Jaswindha Singh, Ishantra Solomon, Lexie Solomon, Aisha Stanuel-Taitte, Lexie Walton, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Martika Williams and Janis Wright.
Tryouts took place in September at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. Some girls, like Wilson, Lexie Solomon and Allen, went in with prior national team experience having played for the U16 squad.
Lee states she is impressed with the girls’ development.
“Their attitude toward training has been refreshing to see. In two weeks, their skills have improved out of sight. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what is ahead for each individual and the team as a unit.”