Barbados good prep for Under-21 Sunshine Girls
President of Netball Jamaica Paula Daley-Morris believes that the experience of the national Under-21 team will help them to secure a medal at this year's World Youth Cup from July 8-16 in Botswana next month.
Jamaica won bronze at the last championships held in the Scotland four years ago.
This year's team will be led by overseas-based defender and captain, Kadie-Ann Duhaney, who plies her trade for Melbourne Vixens in the Suncorp Super Netball, in Australia.
Daley-Morris told Star Sports that Duhaney's experience will be very valuable for the junior Sunshine Girls in their quest for the gold.
"Her (Duhaney) team went to the semi-finals in the Australian netball league and she was a key part of that setup. She brings back some good experience with her and as you know, these young ladies went up against England Under-19 team from last year," Daley-Morris said.
She added: "Two of the girls were on the senior squads that we had and they traveled to New Zealand; they traveled to Australia, and they also went to England."
Five members of the team also gained valuable experience after playing for the senior Sunshine Girls against Barbados in a three Test series ended 1-1 last month.
In addition, the Under-21 players also benefited significantly from playing in Jamaica's top netball competition recently.
"They also played against the best of the best in the Berger Elite League and so we have done our best to prepare them and they are very grateful for what we have done," Daley-Morris.
"They have really listened, we have seeing the progress of them, they are really skill-full players and all we can do is to wait for the results in Botswana," she said.