All Stars dazzle atop the charts

All Stars netball club continue to grab kudos.

Their B team, sponsored by Cayman National Bank, remains unbeaten at 6-0 atop division two of the Appleby Netball League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association, the competition sees games throughout the week at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. All Stars’ latest win was a 67-13 thrashing of Ernst and Young Hot Shots last Saturday. 

Manning the Wing Defense position for the winners would be Shaunette Williams. The former Unity player, in her first season with the club, says the result is nothing new. 

“It feels good to be a winner, even though it’s not the first time we’ve won with a score like that,” Williams said. “My thoughts on how the team is playing is that we have more potential than what you’ve seen us put out there. 

“Playing with a team like All Stars, I’ve learned a lot where my defense is concerned. Being with Unity, I wasn’t learning as there wasn’t proper coaching and team work. All Stars is all about team work and team work makes the dream work. I’ve improved a lot since I started playing with All Stars, I’ve seen my ability more in netball. With All Stars, there is more encouragement from the team members, as well as the coaches.” 

Suiting up alongside Williams would be many familiar names in goal shooter Karen Smith-James, goal attack Terry-Ann Hunter, wing attack Adena Miller, center Aryana Grant, goal defense Sue Nixon and goal keeper Marsha Allen with Deborah Kerr-White, Latasha Nixon, Tore-Ann Shields, Brittany Mobley and Noviann McLean as subs. All would stifle a short-handed Hot Shots team featuring the likes of GS Tanya Apperly, GA Joanna Knight, C Beth Cook, WD Jodie Hooper, GD Lauren Smith and GK Louise Kitching. 

As a result, the game was essentially over in the first half. All Stars went up 15-3 at the end of the first quarter and by half time, the lead would swell to 28 points. 

In Saturday’s other second tier clash, Affinity Sapphires demolished Spirits, 42-1. Affinity improved to 4-2 thanks largely to the play of GS Rose Smith and WA Kate Harnden. The 1-5 Spirits are a team of young players – such as Kacie Ramos – getting introduced to the sport. 

In the top flight, Rising Stars A improved to 3-1 after a 54-21 win over 0-3 Flames Strikers. The winners relied on GS Melissa Rankine, GA Rosemarie Wilson, WA Alexis Carias, C Casey Swaby, WD Kimberly David, GD Hannah Peralta and GK Michiesha Lynch with Marcia Moiten and Aaliyah Webb as subs. Flames turned to veterans like Pheona Plummer. 

The national league sees matches continue on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6:45 p.m. News of the league comes after the Inter-Primary school netball competition staged its 2013-2014 finals at Truman Bodden. Some 10 schools took part, with George Town defeating Prospect for first place and Savannah edging Red Bay in the Under-11 championship cup segment while Prospect beat George Town in the Under-9 B division final and St. Ignatius defeated John A Cumber in the consolation cup final. 

rose smith feb6

Rose Smith is a big reason why the Sapphires are glowing.

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