U21s battle All Stars to improve

Cayman’s best junior netball talent is taking up a new challenge. 

The national Under-21 squad is playing top teams in the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2013 Open League. Last week, reigning national champions All Stars A provided opposition. 

The exhibition contest, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts, did not record a score. Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee stated in passing that matches would be extended training sessions with time being taken during play to correct tactical errors. 

All Stars fielded its usual compliment of players with the likes of Nicola Williams, Katherine Maw and Cynthia Collington. The U21 side showcased most of the girls currently in contention to make the final roster such as Charlotte Shepheard, Martika Williams and Rosemarie Wilson. 

In addition to Shepheard, Williams and Wilson, the current U21 line-up features Shanai Allen, Alexis Carias, Kimberly David, Terri-Ann Hunter, Renee Lindo, Noviann McLean, Brittany Mobley, Hannah Peralta, Karla Rankin, Hailee Robinson, Olivia Samuels, Aisha Stanuel-Taitte, Lexie Walton, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson and Aaliyah Webb. 

Another roster cut is expected to take place around 2 March. Cayman is preparing for the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on 22-31 August. The world championships take place every four years with the last event on the Cook Islands in 2009. Australia are the reigning champions, ahead of New Zealand and Jamaica. Bermuda will be among the 20 countries playing this year. 

Lee previously stated local girls will get to shine in the coming months. 

“We’re now organising match play against the best teams in Cayman and this will step us in the right direction towards being able to play internationally,” Lee said. 

“It is really great to see the girls striving to be their best. Once the final team is selected, we will be organising a number of showcase matches for all to come and watch, so stay tuned.”