Reynolds: NZ tour part of learning process

September 20, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Malysha Kelly, captain of the Sunshine Girls, on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.
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Jamaica's netball senior team head coach Minneth Reynolds says that the New 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 STAR Sports on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday.

"We are looking to improve as the gap is wide 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 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 affected us," Kelly said.

"The top three teams have professional leagues, so we need regular competitions, even in the Caribbean," she noted.

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

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