Hot Shots fired up to improve

The Ernst and Young Hot Shots is a new club going through growing pains.

While the ladies are not among the best in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2012-2013 Open League, the side figures to be a difference maker in the coming months.

For Hots Shots secretary and Ernst and Young Manager Louise Kitching, the squad is heading in the right direction.

“This is our second year in the netball league and our performance has improved significantly since our first outing last year,” Kitching said. “The Hot Shots now have a coach, Karen Scott and an established team who are playing together incredibly well with a couple of wins and some very narrow losses so far this season.

“We look forward to the return of a number of our players who have been out due to injury, including our captain Joanna Knight, whose first match back was against Island Heritage.”

Heading into this week, Ernst and Young had a 2-4 record, which ranks them fifth out of seven teams in the B division. Ahead of them are 3-3 Optimists, 4-2 Rising Stars B, 5-1 Supa Storm and 6-0 Cayman National Bank All Stars B. At the bottom are the 1-5 Storm Chaserz and 0-6 Island Heritage.

The Hot Shots could be hard pressed to break the top three, after suffering a 33-14 defeat to Super Storm before the holiday break. The match took place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts with Storm sporting talents like Melanie Lewis.

Kitching is nonetheless optimistic and confident in her team.

“The league is in two divisions this year which has worked well. Division B has been very competitive with some narrow goal differences, however, we will imminently be splitting into three divisions.

“We have strong shooting from Goal Shooter Gemma Butterfield, whose confidence and play goes from strength to strength. Laura De Caux (Goal Defence/Wing Defence) has consistently put up a solid defence and new player this year, Wing Attack Kate McClymont, has speed and sheer will that has given our attack a real boost.

“We are thankful to our sponsors, Ernst and Young, for their continued support. Also the technical director for Cayman netball, Gillian Lee, has been doing a fantastic job with league. It would be great to see even more teams and volunteers involved next year.”

For the record, the netball association’s last available standings show reigning national champions All Stars A atop the top flight at 4-0. Chasing them are 3-2 Rising Stars A, 3-1 Storm Radarz, 2-2 Flames Strikers, 2-2 Unity, 1-3 Jets and 0-5 Renegades.