All Stars A served notice that they are the team to beat in local netball.
The reigning champs defeated the previously unbeaten Storm Radarz 32-29 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts in round four of the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012-2013 open league.
Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee states shooting was at a premium.
“Oh what a match, this game was filled with speed, desire, skill and passion,” Lee said. “All Stars started off very slow, not being able to open up space in the attacking end and certainly not being able to finish off their shots. On the opposition’s side of things, Storm opened up very nicely, getting to a 5-0 lead.
“The score at quarter time was 9-5, Storm up. The second and third quarters All Stars stepped it up with Goal Defence Cynthia Collington and Goal Keeper Teneisha Wilson shutting off most avenues into Storm’s goal circle and finishing with many intercepts. All Stars’ shooters also started converting and halftime saw Storm lead 17-14.
“At three quarter time, Storm managed to lead 26-21 after the defence stepped up again, shutting down access to the goal circle. The centres for both teams, including All Stars’ Katherine Maw, had a great tussle throughout the whole match. They both drove brilliantly onto the goal circle which enabled them to feed their shooters.
“All Stars managed a tremendous comeback in the last quarter, bring the score to 26-26 with about five minutes to play. Storm forced passes into their Goal Shooter Kay Copeland, which were intercepted by All Stars’ Wilson. All Stars finished with a final quarter score of 11-3.”
That clash was the highlight of the A division games last Thursday. Rising Stars A would crush Unity 46-33 with Flames Strikers beating Renegades 38-14. The standings show 2-1 Storm atop the division based on points, with 2-1 Rising Stars second and 2-1 Flames Strikers third. All Stars are fourth at 2-0 with the Jets fifth at 1-1, Renegades sixth at 0-3 and Unity seventh at 0-2.
Last Saturday would see the B ranks take centre stage as Ernst and Young Hot Shots thwarted the Storm Chaserz 22-9, Supa Storm edged Rising Stars B 26-21 and Cayman National Bank All Stars B slaughtered Island Heritage 59-4.
Lee states the Rising Stars-Supa Storm contest was the premier clash of the group.
“This game was always going to be a well-fought contest. Many of the players are in the Cayman Islands 21 and Under squad, so they all have something to show.
“Rising Stars certainly weren’t in their best form, with far too many unforced errors and missed shots, giving Supa Storm a 11-5 lead at quarter time. After quarter time, Rising Stars got energy and spark, pulling out many intercepts. At halftime, the score was 13-11 with Storm in the lead.
“Again, the third quarter saw Rising Stars making unforced errors and Storm being able to score from their many intercepts. The final score showed a strong performance by Storm.”
The B division ranks show 3-1 Rising Stars first, 3-0 All Stars second and 3-0 Supa Storm third. In fourth are 2-1 Optimists, 1-3 Hot Shots sit fifth, 0-4 Island Heritage are sixth and 0-3 Storm Chaserz rank seventh.
Local netball now goes on holiday break until the New Year. Matches resume with triple-headers on 3 and 5 January.