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November 14, 2012
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Bryan: New Fast5 rules stumped Jamaica
Jermaine Lannaman, STAR Writer

Jamaica's senior team captain, Nadine Bryan, at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday, shortly after the national netballers returned home from the World Fast5 Netball Series in Auckland, New Zealand. - Ricardo Makyn

Sunshine Girls' captain Nadine Bryan has blamed unfamiliarity with the rules for Jamaica's failure to gain a medal at the just-concluded World Fast5 Netball Series in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jamaica went down to eventual winners New Zealand 52-18 in the semi-finals, before being surprised 38-34 by South Africa in the third-place playoff.

The Oberon Pitterson-Nattie-coached Girls had earlier advanced to the semi-finals after recording a 34-33 win over Australia.

"It was a case whereby we had to watch some of the teams and see what they were doing different from us," said Bryan, who along with members of the team returned to Jamaica yesterday.

"The rules were not only new, but one could only try and improvise as we went along. This was rather difficult, as when as a team we made mistakes, our opponents generally capitalised, and this is something we need to work on going forward."

scoring rules

Fast5, which is netball's answer to the much-hailed Twenty20 version of cricket, sees teams having to field five players, two fewer than in the original format. It also has different scoring rules with extra goals being awarded depending on where the shot is taken.

A new shooting zone was instituted within the original shooting zone, with one or two points being awarded for each shot made.

It also allows for shots to be taken outside the original shooting zone, with three points being the reward.

"It is a good and exciting format, but one that will take some getting used to," continued Bryan.

"It calls for a lot of fitness, endurance, the ability to make long passes, and for good accurate shooters.

"But it was a good eye-opening experience, and we look forward to our next Fast5 series, which could be against England early next year, as we believe that if we train right, we can be very good at this format of the sport."

New Zealand came away with the series after registering a tense 23-21 win over England in the final.

Coach Pitterson-Nattie stayed on in New Zealand, where she will be for the next month undergoing skills training in various areas. She returns on December 8.

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