Stars dim Sapphires and Diamonds

The netball season resumed at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday and new technical director Andrea Gumbs said the two matches were closely fought and played in a good sporting spirit.

All Stars B beat Affinity Sapphires 31-21 and Rising Stars B defeated Blue Diamonds 22-19.

Players of the match for each team were Denicia Cranston, center for All Stars B, Kara Coe, goal attack for Affinity, Linda McField, goal defense for Blue Diamonds, and Megan Anderson, goal attack for Rising Stars B.

“The games showed an improvement in the level of play and the commitment from the teams to do better,” said Gumbs.

“Teams are becoming more disciplined on the rules and to the officials, which raises the standard of any game. Play to the whistle!”

Last Thursday’s matches were rained off after the first quarter. They will be replayed on Tuesday, March 3.

Gumbs said she is pleased that most teams are now providing table officials, timers and score keepers and are becoming more organized.

“This has helped with confirming final scores and all teams agreeing to the official score,” she said.

“This has promoted fairness and trust and a positive environment for people to enjoy their competitive sport. There is still work to do on this but we are improving match by match.”

She added that it is too late to join a team if someone wants to play because the league has already started, but new teams will be welcomed next season or for any forthcoming tournaments or new initiatives.

“We hope to start a Back To Netball session very soon for any players who want to play for fun, make new friends with no commitment and to get some exercise and burn off a few calories,” she said. It will be for players aged over 16.

Gumbs thought the best players on Saturday were Terry Ann Hunter, Aryana Grant and Alicia Proud.

She added that the netball league needs lots more officials aged over 14 and if anyone wants to give it a try with one-on-one mentoring from her and coaches from the clubs, they will be welcomed.

Officials from other sports who want to transfer their skills and gain more experience in netball would also be welcomed and given lots of help and guidance, said Gumbs.

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