It has been a tough showing for Cayman Islands netball abroad.
Cayman lost its first four games at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland, with the most recent losses being a 98-2 humiliation by Jamaica last Sunday, a 94-10 drubbing by Wales on Monday and a 74-24 defeat to Samoa on Tuesday during group play.
After being thrashed by the Welsh, Cayman’s vice captain Brittany Mobley, 19, said there is still morale left within the team.
“I think we played well, we could have played better and executed a lot more, but the better team won,” Mobley said. “We feel OK, we’re disappointed but we’re OK. I think we’re looking to the next game.”
As the scores would indicate, Cayman were completely dominated. Against Jamaica, the girls did not score in the second half. Against Wales, the defense had no answer for the opposing offense, with Welsh shooter Chloe James netting a remarkable 96 percent of her shots. Against Samoa, the first quarter saw Cayman trailing 7-14 before the Samoans turned up the pressure down the stretch.
As a result, Cayman finished last in Pool C and moved on to the round robin consolation playoffs, which started on Wednesday. Those matches are expected to wrap up by Friday, Aug. 30, with the closing ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 31.
In addition to Mobley, Cayman featured 11 other girls: Alexis Carias, Kimberly David, Terry-Ann Hunter, Noviann McLean, Olivia Samuels, Charlotte Shepheard, Roxanne Walton, Sheynae Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Martika Williams (captain) and Rosemarie Wilson.
David, 17, said the Samoa match was Cayman’s best performance so far.
“I feel like I played well and as a team, we played well,” David said. “I think this was our best game so far. Our hardest opponent so far was Jamaica because their defense was really good and their offense was really good as well.”
Guiding the girls are national coach Gillian Lee, assistant coaches Nicola Williams and Lyneth Monteith, team managers Andrea Singh and Adena Miller and delegates Lucille Seymour and Norma Ferryman.
Lee, Cayman’s technical director for netball, said after the defeat to Wales and Samoa, Cayman still had hope of registering a victory.
“It’s a totally different league but I was pleased with the girls that they went as hard as they possibly could,” Lee said. “We’re trying to get some serious goals on the board for those ones and get a win.
“We were expecting a very tough game (against Samoa) – this is the team that beat Scotland and Scotland beat us. It’ll be totally different opposition now. It’ll be a matter of us keeping our heads about us and our standard high against some hopefully weaker opposition.”
The tournament sees games in Glasgow at the £113 million Emirates Arena. Cayman began its campaign last week by losing to host country Scotland, 73-21, in the competition’s opening match in front of more than 3,000 spectators.
The championships are being backed by Glasgow Life on behalf of the Glasgow City Council and Netball Scotland with funding support from Event Scotland and UK Sport. Some 5,000 schoolchildren from across Scotland are attending the games.