The JN Girlz are back

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

FOL­LOW­ING THEIR ab­sence last year, the JN Girlz will be back in the se­nior Florida Net­ball Clas­sic next week­end.

Josette Smith Scott, team man­ager, said that the squad of 17 will be at the Carter Park, Sun­rise, on Novem­ber 19 and 20, for the 2016 tour­na­ment, adding that the team has par­tic­i­pated in the Florida clas­sic three times pre­vi­ously. The JN Girlz is the rep­re­sen­ta­tive team of the Ja­maica-based Ja­maica Na­tional Group.

“This is a de­vel­op­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” Smith Scott said. “We have been im­prov­ing our per­for­mance in Ja­maica’s Busi­ness House Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BHNA) com­pe­ti­tion, and we are look­ing for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion on this in­ter­na­tional stage.”

More than 20 teams from across the world are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate this year in the net­ball event in Florida.

The 25th An­nual Florida Net­ball Clas­sic is at a new venue – Carter Park – this year, which can ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple courts as the in­ter­est from teams around the world grows. Apart from the con­sis­tent Caribbean par­tic­i­pa­tion, teams from Kenya, Aus­tralia, and New The JN Girlz in the dress pa­rade and rally of the Busi­ness House Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion at the In­de­pen­dence Park Com­plex ear­lier this year.

Zealand have also shown in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Many of the teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Florida Net­ball Clas­sic are from Ja­maica’s BHNA, and so the JN Girlz are also likely to come up against strong com­peti­tors from the lo­cal league.

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