'Give them the job'

October 31, 2017
Jamaica captain and goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (right) is challenged for the ball by England's Geva Mentor during their Fast5 Netball World Series match in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday morning.
Sasher-Gaye Henry
Marvette Anderson

Veteran local coach and international umpire Sylvester Campbell has called on Netball Jamaica to make permanent the employment of interim Sunshine Girls coaches, Sasher-Gaye Henry and Marvette Anderson.

Campbell made his call after both coaches led the Sunshine Girls to silver at the Fast5 World Series in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday.

"I think that they should get a chance to lead the team because this is their first stint and they did well and so they should be given them more time on a different arena," said Campbell.

"I think they did very well. The rotations and the substitutions were excellent and so I think they are doing a good job and the players like them," he said.

Campbell added: "I think these girls have an energy and they seem to like what is happening in terms of the new coaching staff and so it is just to keep that kind of high morale."




The Sunshine Girls were unbeaten in all their matches leading up to the final with victories against main rivals Australia, New Zealand and England.

However, in the battle for the gold involving the top two teams, Jamaica lost 34-29 to England.

The second-place finish matches the best ever placing by the team in international competitions after they also finished second at the Fastnet World Netball Series in England in 2009.

Despite their defeat in the final, Campbell said he was very proud of the Girls.

"I think Jamaica did very well in the Fast5 because remember that they beat everybody in the first round and topped the table and then in the final they came second," he said.

"I think that we just need to continue to build on what I saw at this championships because there were some good individual performances. It shows that we have talent here and we just need to build on them and carry this over into the test arena," Campbell noted.

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