Cayman Islands netball did not get off to a good start in Calgary.
Cayman’s national women’s team lost their first two matches at the 2014 Americas Federation of Netball Associations Championship. The local girls were thrashed by home nation Canada, 58-26, in the opener on Tuesday before being beaten by Grenada, 48-35, in their second contest on Wednesday at SAIT Polytechnic institute.
After playing Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, Cayman has more tough matches this weekend against Barbados on Aug. 22, the United States on Aug. 23 and Argentina on Aug. 24.
The tournament serves as a qualifier for the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia, with the top teams earning automatic berths. Cayman is looking to catch up with its Caribbean neighbors as the Barbadians and Trinidadians, for example, are ranked ninth and tenth in the world, respectively.
Representing Cayman are 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 has been training since January.
The girls have received added corporate support in recent weeks with Ogier, for example, sponsoring Campbell. Ogier partner Shameer Jasani says the company is committed to supporting to local netball.
“Ogier is proud to sponsor Marsha as a member of the Cayman national netball team’s first international tournament in Canada,” Jasani said. “Cayman’s young athletes are international ambassadors, representing the top quality and calibre of talent Cayman continues to invest in and nurture. Ogier has a long-standing commitment to a number of ongoing programmes supporting the development of Cayman’s future generations and in particular, Cayman’s young women.
“For example, Ogier is also donating 10 computers and monitors to The Frances Bodden Girls Home later this month. We very much look forward to cheering on Marsha and the Cayman team in the televised games and hearing about her experience first-hand upon her return.”