Some of the best netball players in the Cayman Islands headed to a tournament in style.
Canada-bound female netballers received a warm send-off last week from Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who hosted a get-together for the team, which will represent the Cayman Islands at the Americas Federation of Netball Associations Championship in Calgary, Canada. The Alberta tournament is a regional qualifying competition for the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia, with the top teams earning automatic berths.
“We are very proud of you and we will be rooting for you,” Governor Kilpatrick said.
The Canadian tournament brings together the top netball talent in the region. Games started this week with Cayman playing the host nation on Tuesday and Grenada on Wednesday. The local women face Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, Barbados on Friday, the United States on Saturday and Argentina on Sunday. Matches are taking place at SAIT Polytechnic institute. Cayman and Grenada do not have a world ranking, and both countries are looking to catch up with their Caribbean neighbors. Jamaica is fourth in the world, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are ninth and 10th, respectively. The Cayman Islands Netball Association put together a roster of 13 women: Carrie Barnett-Carter, Marsha Campbell, Alexis Carias, Kayon Clarke, Katherine Gow, Nickesha Lynch, Tashena Parks, Nicola Pringle, Karen Smith-James, Keren Watson, Aaliyah Webb, Rosemarie Wilson and Teneisha Wilson. The group, under the tutelage of local netball figures Nicola Williams and Lyneth Monteith, has been training since January.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Ms. Gow said the women had been training hard and look forward to playing their best.