Cayman team misses out on major netball event in Gibraltar
Netball Europe’s Open Challenge Cup, which was scheduled to be played in Gibraltar in November has been cancelled. This is a major disappointment for the Cayman team which has been growing in global recognition over the past few years.
Having qualified for world ranking status in 2018, Cayman was in 28th place in the International Netball Federation world rankings in 2019 and in 33rd place in the 2020 world rankings, which were updated last month. Caribbean leaders in the sport are the Jamaica team, which ranked 4th in the world, Trinidad and Tobago, which ranked 10th in the world and Barbados, which ranked 13th in the world.
Although disappointing for the sport, the move was described by Netball Gibraltar as the “right decision to make” given the public health crisis. The tournament was initially scheduled for May 2020 but was rescheduled due to the global pandemic.
“Disappointingly, due to the impact of Covid-19, the Netball Europe Challenge Cup rescheduled for November has had to be cancelled,” Gibraltar Netball said in a statement.
The major netball event was to see teams from Cayman Islands, Northern Ireland, Israel, Malta and Isle of Man, and winners would have secured a chance of promotion to the Championship division.