As netball gears up for another season, most officials see little change in club hierarchy.
Among them is Cayman Islands Netball Association Vice President Norma Ferryman, who feels the All Stars will again be a dominant force in the sport.
“It will be a longer league and this year should be a very interesting year,” Ferryman said. “Some clubs will be on top no matter what. All Stars and Rising Stars should be the strength of the competition.”
The association’s 2012-2013 open league (the national women’s competition) starts on Thursday, 15 November, with matches at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts from 6.30pm.
Most of the focus will rest on All Stars. Sponsored by Central Cooling, the A team would rally behind players such as Carolyn Vivian and Stacy Reid-Satahoo to finish second at 7-1 and win the national championship. Their B side, sponsored by Cayman National Bank, featured talents like Tishelle Logan and Karen Smith-James, finished 5-3 and were fourth overall.
Rising Stars saw their A unit, behind Rosemarie Wilson, finish third overall at 7-2. In spite of talent like Lexie Solomon, the B team would end up 2-6.
Last season featured a pair of rookie clubs. The Flames Strikers, featuring Latoya Nixon, were fifth at 5-4 and won the consolation final. Allie Campbell’s Ernst and Young Hot Shots finished last at 1-6.
Ferryman expects more newcomers to play a significant role.
“There are some new players and teams this year. Younger players will be out and doing battle. This year will be very interesting. Some past netballers that were out of the game are out this year.
“The police team, Renegades, with Wanda Nixon and so forth are netballers who haven’t played the game in awhile. They will be a force to reckon with.”
Renegades made their initial appearance at the annual uniform parade this month, where they placed third in the adult category. The two-time group winners would be Unity. In 2011, their A side featured the likes of Zanya Pinnock, finished sixth at 4-4 and nabbed a spot in the consolation final.
The likes of Shaunette Williams would propel the B team to a 2-7 mark and the eighth and final playoff spot.
It will be interesting to see how Roma fit into the mix. The A team claimed the regular season crown at 7-1 before losing in the final. The B squad missed the playoffs.