Newcomers for Sunbeams and Mixers made good first impressions

Several new players stood out in coed netball.

Technical director for Cayman netball Gillian Lee said the Ernst and Young Sunbeams and Mixers deserve kudos for fielding mostly rookies in the 2013 Camana Bay Summer Mixed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association.

“Ernst and Young again fielded a team with many new players to the sport – they are definitely the most improved,” Lee said. “Men who had never played the game are improving out of sight and are loving the game – great to see.

“Mixers are also newcomers, new to the island and the men are new to netball. The ladies started out new to the island and are now great friends and will be fielding a team together in the Appleby Netball League, which starts in mid-November.”

Sunbeams, featuring talents like Gemma Butterfield and Angela Whittaker, finished the five-team competition in fourth place. Mixers, with male players Jamuel Dell and Jermaine Seymour, finished last. The sides battled to determine their final ranking in the league finals, with Ernst and Young winning 8-7.

Blazers claimed this year’s title by beating Rising Stars at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. Established players on both teams had huge roles with Richard Allen, Tishelle Logan and Romone Buchanan steadying the Blazers, while Collin Anglin, David Taylor and Martika Williams led Rising Stars.

The triumph was redemption for the squad after they were unbeaten in 2012 before losing to Rising Stars in the finals.

Unity ended up third by defeating Mixers and Sunbeams. Unity did well this season to post a winning record, relying on the likes of veteran Ovaine Monteith, Dave Holness and Kadane Hall.

Focus now shifts to the Appleby league, which is Cayman’s national women’s competition, with the opening uniform parade slated for Nov. 16.