Eng­land bound

Sun­shine Girls look to bounce back against old foes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

NET­BALL JA­MAICA Pres­i­dent Dr Paula Da­ley-Mor­ris is ex­pect­ing the Sun­shine Girls to put re­cent dis­ap­point­ments be­hind them and fight to de­feat hosts Eng­land in their three-match in­ter­na­tional test se­ries, slated for Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 4.

Ten mem­bers of the national team, their man­age­ment and coach­ing staff de­parted Net­ball House, lo­cated in Bar­bican, yes­ter­day for the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, the team is tar­get­ing im­prove­ments fol­low­ing their re­cent 3-0 loss to num­ber two ranked New Zealand.

The Ja­maicans also had a dis­mal Fast5 World Net­ball Se­ries show­ing in Aus­tralia, win­ning two games against lower-ranked teams and los­ing four.

“Well, we are hop­ing to im­prove on our per­for­mance from the other tours. We def­i­nitely need to im­prove, so that’s the plan,” she out­lined.

Da­ley-Mor­ris, de­scrib­ing her team as a mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, feels they will be equipped to take on third-ranked Eng­land at home.

The Sun­shine girls are ranked fourth, be­hind Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Eng­land, re­spec­tively.

“I am con­fi­dent that it’s go­ing to be fierce in terms of com­pe­ti­tion,” said the pres­i­dent.

“Higher-ranked Eng­land? Lis­ten, that is a mat­ter of which year you are talk­ing about, we are equally ranked, no fears, no. I am sure they are more fear­ful than we are, they have a lot more to lose,” she rea­soned.

Ja­maica will be bol­stered by the re­turn of se­nior ace shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thomp­son, while goal shooter Shan­ice Beck­ford will be hop­ing to con­tinue her good run from New Zealand.

NEW AD­DI­TIONS

The Ja­maicans will be joined by cap­tain Malysha Kelly and Van­gelee Wil­liams, from Aus­tralia and Eng­land re­spec­tively, where they play club com­pe­ti­tion.

A full-strength Ja­maican team is ex­pected for the tra­di­tion­ally fierce match-ups and national coach Min­neth Reynolds said she is ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter per­for­mance this time around.

“We are go­ing out there to com­pete at our best, and if our best is good enough, then we can be vic­to­ri­ous. Our short­com­ing was in at­tack and with the in­clu­sion of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thomp­son we should be able to com­pete much bet­ter than we did in New Zealand,” she as­sessed.

Other squad mem­bers in­clude; Sta­cian Facey, Adean Thomas, Sham­era Ster­ling, Khadi­jah Wil­liams, Shan­tal Slater.

Un­der-21 play­ers Hasana Wil­liams and Carla-lee Tinglin are also in­cluded in the squad.

“I am hop­ing to take my time and play the ball, and play my own game and prove my­self on the court,” said Wil­liams, 17-yearold from the Queen’s School.

Tinglin, an 18-year-old Univer­sity of the West In­dies stu­dent is also looking for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I have al­ways had this dream, didn’t know it would come so early though, but the Lord knows best and I will be giv­ing it my all,” Tinglin said.

IAN ALLEN/PHOTOGRAPHER

Mem­bers of Ja­maica’s se­nior net­ball team, the Sun­shine Girls (left to right) Shan­ice Beck­ford, Hasana Wil­liams, Car­lalee Tinglin, Sham­era Ster­ling, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Sta­cian Facey, Adean Thomas and Khadi­jah Wil­liams check their travel doc­u­ments at Net­ball House ahead of yes­ter­day’s de­part to Eng­land for a three-Test se­ries.

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