Local netball coach says Under-21 performance in Botswana no shock.

July 15, 2017


Veteran local coach Christopher Campbell said he is not surprised by Jamaica's Under-21 netballers failure to the reach the semi-finals of the ongoing Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.

Janet Guy-coached junior Sunshine Girls were beaten by rivals England in the quarterfinals of the competition on Thursday.

This is the first time since 1995 that the Jamaican were missing out on a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.

The junior Sunshine Girls, won the bronze at the last tournament in Glasgow, Scotland 2013, were surprisingly beaten by hosts Botswana in third game of the championships on Tuesday.

Campbell said it very difficult to judge these games at the championships because a lot of the players are unknown to the world.

"I am not surprised seeing that we are playing for fifth place because this is the Under-21 and therefore the skill levels are different and varies," said Campbell who is the coach of Tivoli Gardens.




"Some of these players from the different countries are new on the scene and there is not much to track or to really follow of them," he said.

Campbell added: "You could be in the top two or you could be in top five and so I don't see it as a big issue with the Under-21, maybe if it was the seniors that faced that challenge then that will be a concern to me."

"Australia have always been in the final and in 2015 they played for third and fourth and so sometime there is a one off situation where that could happen," Campbell stated.

The Jamaican team is captained by defender Kadie-Ann Duhaney, who plays in the Australian Super League competition.

They next play their next match tomorrow against South Africa for the fifth and sixth placed positions.

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