Rising Stars netball club are Cayman’s latest champions.
The squad would win the Cayman Islands Netball Association Fast Net tournament on Monday, beating Fierce Five, 27-23. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center served as the venue.
The finals got off to an electrifying end as the previously unbeaten Fierce Five pulled away in the first two quarters to claim a 15-7 halftime lead. The accuracy and confidence of the shots made by the Fierce Five shooters – Pauline Bodden and Marsha Campbell – was praiseworthy.
In the third quarter, which was Rising Stars power play quarter, Rising Stars shooters Alexis Carias and Rosemarie Wilson scored a total of 18 points as both shooters nailed 3-pointers – worth double in the period – to propel Rising Stars to a 25-21 lead.
The final quarter was Fierce Five’s power play quarter and unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize on it with only one goal accounting for their two points in that period. Rising Stars moved Wilson into a defensive position and she used her versatility on both sides of the court. Wilson worked along with her team mate Martika Williams to put added pressure on the Fierce Five shooters. Marcia Moiten and Alexis Carias added to the Rising Stars tally by scoring two more points to end the game. The umpires for the game were Wayne Brown and Milton Clarke.
Rising Stars coaches Orvin and Tricia Palacio credited the positivity and versatility of their players, as well as their knowledge of the rules, as major factors in the win. They said: “We trust our players’ abilities and encourage them to trust each other on the court. We spent a lot of time with our players in training going over the variations in the Fast Five rules compared to the regular netball rules so we wouldn’t waste time in games. Excellent work, Rising Stars!”
The final standings would show Rising Stars and Fierce Five leading the way over third place Fusion and fourth place Affinity.