Sunshine Girls look to rebound
Netball Jamaica president, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, is expecting the Sunshine Girls to rebound from recent disappointments and defeat hosts England in their three-match international Test series, slated for November 29 - December 4.
Ten members of the national team, their management and coaching staff left the island yesterday and 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.
Need to improve
"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.
Jamaica will be bolstered by the return of ace shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson while goal shooter Shanice Beckford will be hoping to continue her good run from New Zealand.
The team will be joined by captain Malysha Kelly and Vangelee Williams from Australia and England respectively for the series.
National coach Minneth Reynolds said she is expecting a god contest.
"We are going out there to compete at our best and if our best is good enough, then we can be victorious. Our recent shortcoming was in attack and with the inclusion of Fowler-Reid and 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 and Shantal Slater. Under 21 players Hasana Williams and Carla-lee Tinglin are also included in the squad.
Tinglin, an 18-year-old University of the West Indies student, is 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.