A large crowd showed up for the Caribbean American Netball Association, Caribbean Cup Annual Tournament, at Lincoln Terrace Park on the Jesse Lezama Netball Court, Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, Aug. 26. The tournament was held under the leadership of Patrick Heron, president of CANA.
There were five senior teams from the countries of Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. Also, four junior teams represented Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.
It was an evening to remember with a display of a high level of netball skills in both senior and junior divisions that kept the crowd alive throughout the day.
The junior division results were St. Vincent and the Grenadines first place, Grenada, second place and Trinidad and Tobago, third place. Many talented junior players were on display at this tournament, thus seeing a bright future for the growth of the sport.
Grenada, the spice girls, captured the coveted crown by being the first place winners in the senior division. Trinidad and Tobago, the soca girls, placed second followed by St. Lucia, the Piton girls, in third. The former reigning champions Jamaica did defend their crown this season.
Also, on display was a fantastic and energetic men’s game between Navigators Men’s Club and Terminators. The level of skills displayed by these two male teams left the audience in awe. The male participation is another example of where this sport is going.
The mothers of netball were also seen on hand among the large crowd, specifically Gloria Lewis of St. Vincent and founder of United Netball Club, Irene Thomas Jackman of Trinidad and Tobago founder of Sharecropper Netball Club and Jacqui Greaves-Farrell of Trinidad and Tobago founder Senators Netball Club USA. Clearly netball is growing among the communities in the USA and soon will become a house-hold word.