Netball Ja takes steps to prevent another 'fiasco'

June 23, 2017
Khadijah Williams (left) runs with ball with Shanice Beckford (right) ahead of Kayla Cullen of New Zealand. The two Jamaican players were suspended by Allison-McCracken.

Wayne Lewis, communication director of Netball Jamaica, yesterday described the suspension of three Sunshine Girls as a "fiasco" and said steps has been taken to ensure that this does not happen again.

Two of the three players - Khadijah Williams and Shanice Beckford - returned to the Sunshine Girls training on Wednesday, this after they were suspended by new coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken for "inappropriate behaviour" before the start of the Sunshine Girls three-Test series against Barbados in May.

However, after a lengthy meeting with between the players representatives and Netball Jamaica on Tuesday, Beckford and Williams agreed to return to training.

Lewis told Star Sports yesterday, that Netball Jamaica will be taking steps to ensure that this will never happen again.

"Netball Jamaica (will) re-establish procedures as to how things are done to prevent another fiasco like what happened and those processes will be adhered to and understood by all. On that basis I don't anticipate that you will have that again," said Lewis.

"It will be clearly stated as to how things are done for any eventuality - discipline or otherwise," he added.

When contacted yesterday, Allison-McCracken said she is aware of these new measures.

"It is not really a new avenue because I am part of Netball Jamaica and so every single thing as to go through them," said Allison-McCracken.

She added that she is very happy that the girls are now in training ahead of August's Caribbean Netball Championships.

"They are back in training and they are conforming," said Allison-McCracken. I said to them that what happens in the past, happen already and we just need to move on," she said.

The Caribbean Netball Championships will be held in St Lucia.

The Jamaican will be boosted for the tournament with the return of overseas-based players Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Malysha Kelly, Kadie-Ann Duhaney, Vangelee Williams and Shantal Slater.

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