All Stars netball club want more trophies next season.
After a stellar campaign that saw both its A and B teams victorious, club officials see added hardware in their future. Lyneth Monteith, one of All Stars’ most senior members, states the squads will build on its showing this year.
“We will continue to work to keep up the skill level for next season and build on the team in terms of additional players,” Monteith said. “I am confident that we have what it takes to repeat the win again next year. We are building capacity in the younger players and each year we promote some from the B team to the A team.
“On the B team, some of the players will be going on to further education overseas but we will keep the nucleus of the team together and build with new players. We will strive to continue to hone the skills and improve the skill level of the players.”
All Stars A earned its second straight national championship by defeating Storm Radarz, 42-38, to win the Championship Division of the Cayman Islands Netball Association 2013 Open League. The B team, sponsored by Cayman National Bank, won the Plate Division by beating Rising Stars B by some 16 points. Both matches took place this month at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.
Leading the A team was coach/Goal Shooter Nicola Williams, who steadied an offence featuring the likes of Goal Attack Carolyn Vivian, Wing Attack Kayon Clarke and Centre Katherine Maws. Williams states the focus now is maintaining her club’s success.
“We’re going to take a break and regroup as we are now looking to hand over the coaching and running of the teams to other players so as to ensure the longevity of All Stars,” Williams said. “I am confident All Stars will be there but with every new venture, you have to be able to adapt, so as a team we are constantly looking at ways to move forward and grow within the sport.”
Most of the Storm players were part of the now-defunct Roma team that lost in last year’s final. Storm, under head coach Milton Clarke and sponsored by Lone Star, could not stop the champs from going the entire season undefeated. The Radarz featured top players like attacking stalwarts Lavern Ebanks and Sophia Foster and defender Carrie Barnett.
All Stars had an outstanding defensive effort from Goal Keeper Teneisha Wilson, Goal Defence Cynthia Collington and Wing Defence Tashena Parks.
The B team had a combination of good defence from GD Keisha Solomon and WD Noviann McLean with the offence flowing smoothly under star shooters Karen Smith-James, Terry-Ann Hunter, C Brittany Mobley and WA Whonda Fuad.
Monteith states many players deserve credit for the B side’s success.
“The keys to success were practice and consistency, in terms of the core players. The entire team worked hard but the efforts of Terry-Ann, Karen, Latasha Nixon, Brittany, Noviann and Whonda were invaluable.”
Most All Star players figure to garner awards during the association’s season-ending function this Thursday, 30 May. The John Gray High School hall will serve as host venue from 7 to 9pm.