Some of Cayman’s best netball players recently got their props.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association staged its season-ending awards function last Thursday at the John Gray High School hall. Top players and team across the various local competitions took home a variety of prizes.
John Gray’s Wahoo Academy won the Under-16 High School League this year ahead of Clifton Hunter High School Lady Slater and Cayman Academy’s U18 team (which could not claim the accolade due to their age, which puts John Gray’s Dolphin Academy in third).
In spite of a number of very tight games over the season, Wahoo remained undefeated, winning close games by two, three and seven points. Lady Slater had a tremendous season also, only losing one game – to the eventual winners – by only two goals.
An U18 Cayman Academy team played in this U16 competition. Overall they finished third, but obviously due to their age they are ineligible for medals. Marlin were right up there with the top teams, only losing to the second team by two goals.
Clifton Hunter’s Goldfield won the U14 High School League ahead of Triple C and Clifton Hunter Cimboco. Goldfield had a very impressive year with only one slight hiccup. They managed to win all their games by large margins except to John Gray’s Tarpon Academy, who they managed to defeat by one goal.
The competition for second place was very tight with Triple C and Cimboco ending up on even points. Triple C had defeated Cimboco in the rounds so they finished second.
A big thanks was given to the umpires in the 2013 Open League in: Andrea Singh, Carla McGarvey, Fay Green, Jane Sinclair, Janet Harris, Joclin Marshall, Leslie Tuplin, Lyneth Monteith, Maria Kennedy, Milton Clarke, Molly-Ann Moore, Sophia Foster, Stacy-Ann Dehaney, Tricia Sykers-Palacio, Vance Golding-Smith and Wayne Brown.
In division three, the Ernst and Young Hot Shots earned the championship and ‘Most Improved’ trophies, Optimists placed second, Storm Chaserz were third and Island Heritage won ‘Best Team Spirit.’ It was great to see Island Heritage back in the competition and despite their lack of victories, they always showed great sportsmanship.
Chaserz were a team of youngsters that improved markedly and to encourage more young players to compete, there are plans for another U16 competition in the near future. The Hot Shots made a drastic turnaround after not winning much a year ago.
Cayman National Bank All Stars B were the Plate Division winners ahead of Rising Stars B and Supa Storm. Jets were named Most Disciplined team. This group showcased netball youth, with most of the national U21 players taking part.
All Stars A claimed the Championship Division ahead of Storm Radarz and Rising Stars A. Flames Strikers were named Most Enthusiastic and Unity were named Most Supportive. Unity struggled with the competition, but managed to put together numerous great games over the season while Flames were always out training and put many teams under pressure.
In memory and recognition of the terrific work the late Jean Pierre did for Cayman netball over many years, the association has named an annual award after her for the most accurate shooter. Jean’s son, Justin Pierre, would present the 2013 award to Kay Copeland of Storm Radarz, who scored 258 goals from 315 attempts, resulting in a 81.9 shooting percentage.
Karen Smith-James of All Stars B was second at 77.1 per cent and Rosemarie Wilson of Rising Stars A was third at 74.5 per cent.
Cayman’s current netball technical director and national coach, Gillian Lee, gave the vote of thanks after completing her first year in the post. Lee thanked association president Lucille Seymour and sponsors Cayman National Bank, Greenlight RE and Deutsche Bank for their support of netball programmes.
Lee would go on to address the national U21 team, who are training for the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland this August. The girls, who have been honing their skills the past nine months, have a further three months to go.
There is currently a raffle to further help the team’s travel expenses. Tickets are $5 each with first prize being a Cayman Airways flight, second prize is a Blackberry phone from LIME and third prize is helicopter ride tickets from Cayman Helicopters.