Netball in the Cayman Islands will showcase some of its best junior talent.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association is staging a Primary School Rally this Friday, 7 December, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts.
The tournament is slated to run from 12.30pm to 5pm.
Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee states it is an opportunity to display local youngsters.
“The inter-school competition is drawing to a close and this will give teams an opportunity to play teams who aren’t in their division for the inter-school competition,” Lee said.
“What does it mean? A great learning experience as they are playing game after game for four hours. It’s great playing in a team sport, learning sportsmanship, rules and playing as a team.”
Friday’s rally features 12 teams from 11 schools in East End Primary School, George Town Primary, John A Cumber Primary, Triple C, Truth for Youth, Cayman Academy, Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary, Cayman Prep, St. Ignatius and Savannah Primary (who have yellow and blue teams). The squads are being split into two groups.
Matches will feature five-minute halves with a minute between halves and four minutes between games.
The tournament’s round-robin format will culminate in playoffs.
News of the rally comes as the 2012-2013 open league, the national women’s competition, heads into another week of play. A trio of matches took place at Truman Bodden last Thursday and Saturday. In the A division, Storm Radarz beat the Renegades 73-8, Rising Stars A crushed the Jets 48-18 and the Flames Strikers defeated Unity 35-29.
In the B ranks, Rising Stars B edged Ernst and Young Hot Shots 28-22, Optimists smashed Island Heritage 47-5 and the Storm Chaserz forfeited to Cayman National Bank All Stars B.
Lee states four of those teams made an impression.
“With Strikers versus Unity, it’s always a great challenge between these two teams.
This week, the difference was only the first quarter, with Strikers getting out to a 11-4 lead by quarter time. For the rest of the game, the scores were even.
“Strikers Goal Shooter Marsha Campbell shot fantastically, 32 out of 41 shots or 78 per cent.
At the opposite end, Goal Defence Pheona Plummer was ever consistent, taking many intercepts and making it very hard for Unity to get the ball into the goal circle.
“After Ernst and Young’s first season last year, they are improving week by week. Unfortunately, they only had six players this week, but still managed to play a very tight game, keeping the pressure on Rising Stars B.”