Sunshine Girls face SA in Fast5 opener
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Jamaica will start their campaign for top honours in this year's Fast5 World Netball Series with a clash against South Africa. A 10-member Jamaica team is taking part in the tournament that brings together the world's top six countries in two days of competition in Australia this weekend.
The Sunshine girls will also face Australia and Malawi on Saturday before battling England and New Zealand on Sunday in their bid to reach the play-offs.
"I expect everyone to pull their weight. Everyone has invested their time and they are committed to the task," said Althea Byfield, who is in her first-ever role as captain of a Jamaica netball team.
"So it would be a waste of time to go 'Down Under' and everyone not perform to the best of their ability. So I expect everyone to go out and do their best".
Fast5 is a modified version of netball, which includes five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots, and double point power plays.
The Jamaica squad includes two newcomers in Gezelle Allison and Trishana Hanson, while veterans Byfield and Kacey Evering have been recalled.
"We have been training for six months and I know the other top-five countries in the world have been doing the same, so I have to be there to analyse and assess each team. I can't say much (on winning title) right now," said Byfield.
Jamaica's best finish at a Fast5 tournament was their silver-medal placing in 2009.
Australia will also host the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Fast5 Netball World Series.