‘Start of re­build­ing’ – Reynolds

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA’S HEAD coach of the se­nior net­ball team, Min­neth Reynolds, says that the Net­ball World Se­ries against New Zealand served as a learn­ing process.

Ja­maica’s Sun­shine Girls were swept by New Zealand’s’ Sil­ver Ferns in the three-Test se­ries in New Zealand that con­cluded on Sun­day.

New Zealand won the Taini Jamison Tro­phy with wins against Ja­maica on Septem­ber 11 by 72-34 at the Trafal­gar Cen­tre in Nel­son; on Septem­ber 14 by 38-61 at Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Arena, Palmer­ston North; and on Septem­ber 17 by 66-38 at the En­ergy Events Cen­tre in Ro­torua.

“It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the ladies as it is the start of a re­build­ing process,” Reynolds told The Gleaner on ar­rival at the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kingston yes­ter­day.

“We are look­ing for­ward to im­prove as the gap is a lot wider, so it will take time,” she ex­plained.

“There were too many turnovers in the games. We knew that it would be tough, but we ex­posed the young play­ers in the team,” Reynolds also said.

IN­EX­PE­RI­ENCED PLAY­ERS

“We took a set of in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and started off los­ing badly in Game One, but im­proved in the other two games. We had eight play­ers in New Zealand who were not part of the World Cham­pi­onship team last year in Aus­tralia, so we are re­build­ing for the fu­ture,” the head coach pointed out.

Sun­shine Girls cap­tain, Malysha Kelly, says de­spite the losses the team showed de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“Well, ba­si­cally as Ja­maicans, we are de­ter­mined and will­ing. We lapsed in the games due to in­ex­pe­ri­ence. Also, there is a new rule of not hav­ing a time out (that) af­fected us,” Kelly said.

“The top three teams have pro­fes­sional leagues, so we need reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions, even in the Caribbean,” she noted. Sun­shine Girls Van­gelee Wil­liams (left) and Sham­era Ster­ling sit with their lug­gage upon ar­rival at the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

Ja­maica will next chal­lenge Eng­land in a three-match se­ries away in Novem­ber.

“We will go back to train­ing in the next two weeks in prepa­ra­tion for the Eng­land se­ries, as it is im­por­tant as that will af­fect our rank­ing,” the cap­tain fur­ther said.

The play­ers who re­turned in­clude Van­gelee Wil­liams, Malysha Kelly, Vanessa Wil­liams, Abbey­gail Lyn­ton, Kerry-Ann Brown, Re­becca Robin­son, Adean Thomas, Shan­tal Slater, Ni­cole Dixon, Shan­ice Beck­ford and Sham­era Ster­ling. Min­neth Reynolds, coach of Ja­maica’s net­ball team, at the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day. Malysha Kelly, cap­tain of the Sun­shine Girls, on ar­rival at the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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