Flames heat up Christmas slate

Local netball is winding down for Christmas.

The Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts are set to stage the last matches of 2012 for the Cayman Islands Netball Association open league. On Thursday, 13 December, the Flames Strikers battle the Renegades and Unity contend with Rising Stars A at 6.45pm before Storm Radarz face All Stars A at 8pm.

On Saturday, 15 December, Rising Stars B battle Supa Storm and All Stars B challenge Island Heritage at 6.45pm with Storm Chaserz and Ernst and Young Hot Shots squaring off at 8pm.

The A ranks have been dominated early by Kay Copeland’s Radarz and reigning champs All Stars A, behind Pauline Bodden. Marsha Campbell’s Flames are in striking distance.

The B ranks have a lot to be decided. Of the bunch, Rising Stars B could be threats down the stretch. Rising Stars had their first statement win of the season, beating Storm Chaserz 61-1 last Thursday.

Supa Storm crushed Island Heritage 61-2 with Optimists edging the Hot Shots 21-20 after Ernst and Young had a 16-12 lead heading into the final quarter.

Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee states the Hot Shots-Optimists match was the game of the night.

“Ernst and Young were leading for the majority of the night with safe passes and great defence by Lura Decaux and Louise Kitching,” Lee said. “The last quarter saw a dramatic turnaround with Optimists scoring 9-4 with their defenders earning all the rebounds and giving themselves more opportunities to score. The lead changed with only minutes to go.”

A division games slated for last Saturday were postponed due to rain. Matches resume in the New Year with triple-headers on 3 and 5 January. News of the Christmas games comes after the association staged a rally for primary school players last Friday.

George Town Primary placed first, followed by East End Primary and Cayman Academy, who also won the shooting competition. Academy’s Kejonay Lemmont shot seven out of 10 goals with George Town’s Toni Ann Daley and Joshua O’Garro scoring six goals apiece. Lee states the results were solid.

“All schools had a super day, playing seven short games throughout the afternoon. With so many games, you could see the players and teams improve with each game.

“George Town won the grand final match against East End, despite being beaten by East End during the rounds. Games were tight and played in good spirit, with many close games.”

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