Hurricanes force cancellation of Caribbean Netball Championships

September 30, 2017
Jamaica's Thristina Harwood attempts to prevent Barbados' Teresa Howell from making a pass in their first netball Test match at the National Arena in April.
Sasher-Gaye Henry
Homes lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Roseau, the capital of Dominica.

Interim coach of Jamaica's Sunshine Girls team Sasher-Gaye Henry said they are deeply saddened by the postponement of the Caribbean Netball Championships, which was scheduled for next month in St Lucia.

The championships were postponed for the second time this year, after it was called off in August following the withdrawal of Barbados and Grenada.

Henry told Star Sports that they were told by the organisers of the event that they had to postpone the championships because a lot the islands were badly damaged by flooding caused from the recent passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.




Henry, who along with Marvette Anderson, was appointed interim coaches until the end of the year, following the sacking of Jermaine Allison-McCracken in July, said it was disappointing.

"...Because I know that we really wanted the practice and we have not had a lot of international practice," said Henry.

"We understand what is happening in the region and based on what we were told, that is the situation. We just have to work with that and just try to get more international games going forward," she said.

"We were told that some of the participating teams were going to be out of the championships because of the flooding from the recent hurricanes. It was going to be three countries only, and we will have to play three or four games by ourselves and so the organisers decided that it would be off," Henry said.

Henry, a former national player, added that the Sunshine Girls have turned their attention to World Fast5 Championships which will be held next month.

"The girls are disappointed but we have now shift our focus to Fast5 because this is a series that we have also been preparing for a long time," she said. "It was a challenge to prepare for both series at the same time, but now the focus is only the Fast5 tournament," Henry pointed out.

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