CaribPR Wire, BROOKLYN, NY. Tuesday, August 03, 2010: Vincentian Raymond Delpesche knows a thing or two about the sport of netball. However, living in the vicinity of the Lincoln Terrace Park – East New York & Buffalo Avenues – Brooklyn, all these years, he never felt the urge to ‘drop in’ on the girls (ladies) before now.
Delpesche’s story has scores of similarities in the park each week since June 5, when the league opened with a new lease on life, thanks to a partnership with LIME, formerly Cable & Wireless, the Caribbean regional telecommunications giant.
Walking by the facility, he sensed a different kind of buzz and decided to satisfy his curiosity, somewhat! He would not be disappointed -the physical play, good; the physique on display – interesting.
Delpesche, who works as a business consultant in Brooklyn, spent Saturday afternoon watching the intermediate division match with Senators and Crusaders, which was a close contest throughout.
“I like what I am seeing, the sport is a great way for the ladies to keep busy and stay in shape, the same way the men have their soccer and cricket leagues,” he said.
At the end of the regulation forty minutes, either team could have won. The result, a narrow 4 point win margin, (26-22), for the Lady Senators, helped by their one-two offensive punch of Clavern Clarke (GA) and Kimberly Harewood (GS).
Clarke, a junior, was happy with her performance, relishing the opportunity to ‘play up’ – in a higher division – and help the bigger girls.
“It was a hard game and a difficult one but one of the few occasion when you get to play at a higher level, it was ok,” she said after the match.
Senators used a balanced team effort to stay ahead for the first three quarters 23-17. Crusaders’ Kereda Tucker (GA) and Aneisha DeSouza (GK) stepped up their game in the fourth period, outscoring Senators 5-3, but the damage was already done.
The match was one of sixteen on the weekend schedule (Saturday/Sunday) as the 13th season of the LIME/Caribbean American Netball Association (CANA) tournament nears its end.
This coming weekend schedule – tip off at 4 p.m., both days – will conclude the preliminary, round-robin phase, making way for the knock-out phase, starting at the same venue on Saturday, August 14, at 4 p.m.
LIME, (formerly Cable & Wireless), is the Caribbean`s leading telecommunications company. LIME has kept the people of the Caribbean connected for more than 100 years. LIME is focused on providing products and services that improve the lives of Caribbean people every day whether they live in the region or are part of the Diaspora. LIME`s aim is to deliver the best communication services at the best value across the board–full stop. LIME–for living every day.
Photo caption: A Spice Girls player (green/white uniform), gets the better of her Senators’ opponent (yellow/blue/white), during last weekend’s senior division match at the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn. A player from the two teams (at right) watch the action in anticipation. (Sharon Bennett Photo.)