The Cougars netball team won the president’s Challenge Cup on July 9 after defeating the Jaguars (21-6), the Lions (16-11) and the Tigers (12-4) at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Orvin Palacio of the Rising Stars Netball Club coached the Cougars; Wayne Brown, league umpire, coached the Lions; Lyneth Monteith of All Stars Netball Club headed the Tigers squad; and Milton Clarke, who coached the Diamonds Netball Club during the season, led the Jaguars.
In the Challenge Cup games, players who once played against each other now had to train and play with competitive spirit with and against each other. By the end of the evening, players acknowledged that the games provided a special sense of appreciation and camaraderie.
The event ended with a short presentation by Cayman Islands Netball Association president and sponsor, Lucille Seymour, who handed over the winning check to the Cougars. She also thanked the Sports Department’s women’s event coordinator for helping to ensure the tournament went smoothly.
The clubs also were awarded their end-of-season trophies. All Stars picked up awards as winner of the Open and Cup competitions. Rising Stars received the runner-up award, and Diamonds received the third-place award.
All Stars’ Nicola Pringle was Most Valuable Player, and All Stars’ Kay Copeland won the Jean Pierre Award for being the most accurate shooter in the league (for the third consecutive time).
Another objective of the evening was to kick-start Cayman Islands netball’s fundraising for the youth development programs. In order for most children to participate, they need transportation, which parents are not always able to provide, organizers said. The Netball Association has started a fundraising campaign to buy a minibus to assist parents wherever possible.
Tickets are $15, with four prizes of $1,000 and other prizes of $100. Contact [email protected] for tickets.