CaribPR Wire, BROOKLYN, NY, Tues. Aug. 10, 2010: The preliminary round of the LIME-sponsored Caribbean American Netball Association, (CANA) tournament, which began June 5th, ended on a high note for a number of clubs and individuals and an even keel for others, on the weekend of August 8th.
One such person on a high is Cheryl Howell, president of the league which recently turned thirteen. Holding center court at the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn last weekend, Howell’s mood was very upbeat as she looked ahead to the next phase of the 2010 season, starting this weekend with events on and off the court.
Minus a few ‘make up’ games to complete the league schedule, Volcanoes and Sharecroppers (Juniors); Pitons and Senators (Intermediate); Upsetters and Crusaders (Seniors2) and Upsetters and Volcanoes (Seniors), head into the single elimination or knock out round with a lot of confidence, after outstanding, all-round performances in their respective divisions.
“So far, so good,” noted Howell when asked about the on court performances to date this season. All thirty-one teams representing 15 clubs, head into the KO round, where you win to stay in.
While crowd support has not been huge so far, President Howell says she is satisfied. However, other areas of concern for her are umpiring/officiating and cooperation from the teams or clubs on game days.
“We are going to look at the League to see how and where we can make improvements now that we have corporate relationships with LIME (Cable & Wireless) and Western Union, among others,” insists Howell.
Barring no changes to the results from last weekend, the 2010 division winners will be: Volcanoes4 (Juniors) and Upsetters1 (Seniors); A2 (Upsetters2, Crusaders, 43 points), and Intermediate (Pitons, Senators, 31 points). Tie-breakers will be used to determine the winners.
Two of the 9 matches played last weekend, ended in a draw. Typhoon topped the 50 point plateau against Volcanoes Inc., and Volcanoes2 flattened the competition with a lopsided 20-1 score-line over Crusaders1. The results from the League competition will be used to rank (seed) the teams in the KO round, which tips off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 14th.
Meanwhile, CANA will stage its first fundraiser for the season, in the form of a dance party, after the games at the popular Prince Hall, 70 Pennsylvania Avenue, between Fulton/Atlantic Avenues, in Brooklyn, New York. Start time is 10 p.m.
Classified results from the Saturday/Sunday, August 7-8, 2010 matches:
Volcanoes Inc/Typhoon2, 31-50
Sunsplash/United1, 28-28 and Upsetters1/Flying Target, 49-23.
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Players from Senators, (left), and Sunsplash, (right), look ahead as they move forward to the single elimination (KO) phase of the LIME/CANA season starting on Saturday, August 14, at the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn, NY.(Photo courtesy of Sharon Bennett.)