‘Start of rebuilding’ – Reynolds
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.
“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.