Ladies storm Camana Bay chasing summer glory in Calgary

Many ladies are motivated to net props in Canada. 

Over a dozen locals turned up Thursday for the first of two tryout sessions for the national women’s team going to Calgary for the 2014 American Federation of Netball Associations championship. The August tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia and the top teams earn automatic berths. Cayman is among the association’s member countries in the Americas region. Aside from landing a world championship berth, one of the goals of the Calgary competition is to establish Cayman in the world rankings. 

Most of the ladies are established talents on the local scene like Cynthia Collington and Katherine Maw. Some girls – like Rosemarie Wilson and Alexis Carias – were part of the national Under-21 team that finished 17th out of 20 countries with three wins in seven games at the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland. 

All were overseen by Cayman Islands Netball Association vice president Lyneth Monteith, technical director Gillian Lee and local coaches Nicola Williams, Milton Clarke and Orvin Palacio. The training session took place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. Interestingly, a number of residents turned up to view the proceedings, including association president Lucille Seymour. 

The second tryout will take place at Camana Bay on Monday, Jan. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From there, the association will pick 12 ladies to form the team and get into a regular training regimen, with an increase in activities after Easter. 

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Camana Bay saw plenty of intensity for the first tryout. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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