Local netball is putting on a brief competition with a twist.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association is staging a Fast Net tournament over the next month. Matches will use much of the same rules as the Fast5 version of the sport outlined by the International Federation of Netball Associations.
Cayman association vice president Norma Ferryman addressed the timing of the games, which run until June 26.
“The association has started a new series of netball called Fast Net,” Ferryman said. “The series started on May 15 and games take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex netball courts.”
Six teams are signed up for the competition: Fierce Five, Affinity, Ernst and Young, University College of the Cayman Islands, Fusion and Rising Stars. Four of those entities fielded squads in the recent Appleby Netball League, which saw Roma crowned as national champions with Cayman National Bank All Stars and Blue Diamonds winning division titles.
Fast5 is a quicker version of netball with three major differences: teams can only field five players on the court, as opposed to seven; teams can decide on a ‘power play’ quarter where goals count for double points and long-range shots can count for two or three points, depending on the location.
A big impetus for Fast Net is the upcoming 2014 American Federation of Netball Associations qualifiers for the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia. Cayman is sending a national women’s team to Calgary, Canada in August for the tournament.