The new netball season has seen the rise of two familiar names.
Roma and Cayman National Bank All Stars B are the top teams in the 2013-2014 Appleby Netball League, put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association. After a brief hiatus, Roma are back in the national women’s competition and have started out 2-0 in the top flight. Roma beat Rising Stars A, 39-26, in division one before defeating Flames Strikers, 51-31, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts. All Stars B pace division two at 3-0 after thrashing Jacques Scott Social, 52-26, Rising Stars B, 50-6 and rookie side Blue Diamonds, 30-10.
Roma, who have relied on veterans like Carrie Barnett in the past, are slated to have a long layoff, with their next match being Jan. 30, 2014 against Unity. All Stars played on Thursday against the University College of the Cayman Islands team and are slated to face the Affinity Sapphires next Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:45 p.m. In spite of being newcomers, Sapphires have dazzled at 2-0.
This year’s competition features a total of 14 teams, most of which are in division two. Chasing Roma are 1-1 Rising Stars A, 1-1 Conyers All Stars, 1-1 Strikers and Unity. On the hells of All Stars B are Sapphires, 2-0 Lights International, 1-2 Ernst and Young Hot Shots, 1-2 Diamonds, 1-1 Spirits, 1-1 Rising Stars B, 0-3 Jacques Scott and 0-2 UCCI.
Some of those sides will be in action this Saturday, Dec. 14, at Truman Bodden. At 6:45 p.m. Sapphies face Rising Stars B and at 8 p.m., Jacques Scott challenge Lights while Conyers tackle Strikers.
Heading into the season the focus was on All Stars club, which won both divisions last season. The A team featured the likes of Kayon Clarke while the B side relied on Terry-Ann Hunter.