No Romelda for Caribbean Champs or Fast5

September 01, 2017


Romelda Aiken, one of Jamaica's best attacking players, has made herself unavailable for the upcoming Caribbean Championships and Fast5 World Netball Series in October due to unspecified reasons.

Interim coach of the Sunshine Girls, Sasher-Gaye Henry, said an impasse between Aiken and Netball Jamaica had been resolved but the lanky shooter will not be available until after October.

"She is not going to be back in training for the Caribbean tournament or Fast5, but I guess she will be back after that," said Henry.

"We have been in communication with her and she has a positive outlook. We are hoping to get her back on the court as soon as possible.

"I have always had a good relationship with her, somebody who looks up to me, and I look up to her too so she will be back," Henry added.

Aiken and Netball Jamaica were embroiled in a war of words after the player failed to make herself available for the Sunshine Girls away series against New Zealand last September over a pay dispute.


Would not represent


This led to the lanky player being overlooked by the Sunshine Girls' selectors for the Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia, the following month.

Aiken, 28, also missed the Sunshine Girls' 2-1 series win over rivals England, which led to fears that she would not represent Jamaica again.

Henry has, however, assured that Aiken and Netball Jamaica have since resolved their disputes and the player is looking forward to returning to the national set-up.

"There is no issue because we have been moving now. I guess they had a little issue at the initial stage. I think that has been sorted and we are building a good relationship," Henry pointed out.

Aiken, a former Jamalco player, plies her trade in the ANZ Championships in Australia with the Queensland Firebirds. She last represented the Sunshine Girls in 2016.

The Caribbean Championships will be from October 8-16 in St Lucia. The Fast5 World Netball Series is scheduled for October 28-29 in Melbourne, Australia.

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