John A Cumber Primary School shined brightest at netball’s most colourful event.
The West Bay institution produced the Under-9 and Under-11 age group winners for the Cayman Islands Netball Association annual opening uniform parade at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Association president Lucille Seymour stated the various teams brought back memories of her childhood.
“Seeing you all reminds me of my school days,” Seymour said. “When netball proceeded to Cayman, I was a school girl. I remember being at the Annex when the Jamaica and England teams played. We girls knew then that game was for us.
“Many like Sybil McLaughlin wanted to make it a sport. In 1984, we partnered with government to make it a sport along with cricket and football. I’m glad I’m able to do for you girls as netball president and make it better for you.”
John A Cumber, with a new banner and redesigned white, red and black kits, would take over the U9 and U11 crowns from Red Bay Primary, who were runners-up in both categories this year in their star-studded maroon skirts and white tops. East End Primary, in their baby blue, yellow and black uniforms, placed third in both segments.
John Gray High School claimed the top two spots in the U14 group. The Jets, in their yellow kits with black and white stripes, placed first with an energetic dance routine. The Blazers, the 2011 winners, showed off enough moves in their red floral tops to place second. The Clifton Hunter High School team, sponsored by Cimboco, were third in their dark blue and yellow outfits.
The second Clifton Hunter squad, sponsored by Goldfield, would win the U16 crown in their unique aquamarine uniforms. The John Gray High Tigers, in their traditional purple kits, would finish second and the John Gray High Flames, clad in red and yellow, danced to third.
For the second straight year, Unity would don their red and black Flames kits and produce another memorable dance routine to win the seniors (adult) category. Rising Stars, clad in new orange and red outfits, placed second with new squad Renegades (consisting of many Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers) finishing third in their dark blue kits with red, yellow and white accents.
Minister of Sports Mark Scotland was among the invited guests with Linda McField serving as emcee. Minister Scotland expressed his support for netball.
“I encourage you young ladies to stay fit through netball and be dedicated to the sport,” Scotland said. “I also encourage people to come out and support the games in the season. Parents, support the youngsters.
“Thank you to the coaches, referees and officials who are there for the games. Your support is very much appreciated. Government will continue to lend support to netball, as it has done over the years.”
After the march, most teams engaged in exhibition matches at the Truman Bodden netball courts. Among those in action were All Stars A, who are the reigning national champions.
All Stars are expected to start their title defence next Thursday, 15 November, when the netball association’s 2012-2013 open league is set to begin.