Rising Stars have company atop the netball ranks.
The club is tied with Unity on 11 points atop the Camana Bay Summer Mixed League standings. The competition, put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association, is heading into round four of its five-round regular season.
Rising Stars are coming off a 24-19 loss to the Blazers last Thursday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. With the win, Blazers are third with 10 points. Ernst and Young Sunbeams and Mixers are at the bottom with two points apiece.
Matches continue tonight at Camana Bay. Rising Stars face Mixers at 6:30 p.m. and Blazers battle Sunbeams at 7:30 p.m. An exhibition contest between Unity and Sunbeams is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Several notable players have excelled in the competition thus far. Rising Stars boast Collin Anglin, Unity feature Dave Holness, Blazers have veterans like Gavin Watts and Mixers sport athletic prospects such as Jamuel Dell.
The regular season finale is next Thursday, with the finals scheduled for Oct. 17. From there, attention will shift to the Appleby Netball League – Cayman’s national women’s competition – next month with the opening uniform parade slated for Nov. 16.
There is an Under-16 league taking place Saturday evenings at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts until Oct. 19. The league is supposed to jump-start the process of creating a U-16 national team to attend the Caribbean Championships in April. Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee said the league lacks participation.
“The U16s are very small at the moment, there are only about 20 kids enrolled,” Lee said. “We are still trying to build that up.”