Kelly ready for ANZ league

January 23, 2018
Jamaica's Malysha Kelly (left) looks to pass the ball as she is defended by New Zealand's Maria Tutaia during their World Fast5 Netball Series semi-final match in Auckland, New Zealand in 2012.

Sunshine Girls' defender Malysha Kelly said she has prepared, mentally and physically, to handle the rigours of playing in this year's ANZ Championships in New Zealand, which is scheduled to get under way in May.

Kelly, 27, will ply her trade for the Southern Steel this season after switching from the Suncorp Super League in Australia at the end of last season.

Kelly told STAR Sports that she has been working hard in preparation for this season's competition and is confident that she will do well.

"I am really excited about going Down Under because of their type of play. The type of experience I will be getting is quite different from playing in Australia," said Kelly, who left the island last evening for New Zealand.

 

SEEING THE PROGRESS

 

"It is a new challenge, but I have been preparing for it with the Sunshine Girls. I have been training really hard. The Commonwealth Games are coming up, and I think that my body is where it is supposed to be at this time. I can see the progress," she said.

Kelly added that she had been following the progress of the Southern Steel over the years because of her national teammate, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played for the club last season before making the switch to the Suncorp Super League in Australia at the end of last season.

"I watched them in and out because of Jhaniele being on the team. They have a good team chemistry, and I hope to go there and just mix and mingle with them," said Kelly.

The lanky defender, who will be vying for a spot on the Sunshine Girls' team for the Commonwealth Games, indicated that she would be using her pre-season training with Southern Steel to help prepare for the championships.

"I am also quite excited because the Commonwealth Games is coming and I am vying for a position on the national team. Going Down Under, I know I will be missing training with the girls, but I know I will be getting good practice down there," Kelly said.

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