We need experience ... Young Sunshine Girls captain calls for more exposure for netballers
National Under-21 netball captain Kadie-Ann Duhaney said that Netball Jamaica need to find ways to give the younger players more international experience so that they will be better prepared to compete in international tournaments.
Duhaney made her comments following team's disappointed fifth place finished at the just concluded Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.
"We need to step up our game and get more experience in the young Sunshine Girls that are coming up because we can't go to a tournament without experience," said Duhaney following the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.
"It was a tough, tough competition and it goes to show that the countries below us are really improving because of the fact that Botswana came and fought and beat us," Duhaney said.
"I think that the association should get the youths some experience to go up against these players because even the Botswana team, their wing defence who is the captain plays in Australia," she said.
The junior Sunshine Girls, who won the bronze medal in 2014, failed to reach the semifinals of the competition for the first time since 1995, after they were beaten by rivals England in the quarter-finals.
The Janet Guy-coached team also suffered a surprising defeat to hosts Botswana in the preliminary round of the competition.
Duhaney, who plies her trade for the Melbourne Vixens in Australia's Super League last season, added that the junior Sunshine Girls tried their best but this wasn't good enough for them to win a medal.
"We tried to defend our bronze medal but we couldn't do it because I think we go fatigue and indiscipline along the way," said Duhaney.
"It was really tough, the competition was high, the intensity was high and the ball handling skills was good from the other teams and we need to improve our game going forward," she noted.