Sunshine Girls head to Australia for Fast5 Netball World Series

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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JAMAICA'S Sunshine Girls leave the island today to participate in the 2018 Fast5 Netball World Series from October 27-28 at the Melbourne Arena in Australia.

The team is expected to depart at 12:51 pm from the Norman Manley International Airport. The Jamaicans will return on Tuesday, October 30, at 11:56 am.

The Sunshine Girls have just defeated England 3-0 in a Test series, and Trinidad and Tobago, 2-0, earlier. Both series were played inside the National Indoor Sports Centre.

The Sunshine Girls were silver medallists, having lost 29-34 to England in the Fast5 final last year, and also in 2009.

Goal shooter Romelda Aiken, who was not available for the Sunshine Series against Trinidad and Tobago and England held two weeks ago, has been included in the Jamaica team. She replaces Jhaniele Fowler, who captained Jamaica in both series. The latter was not included because she has to attend school.

According to Assistant Coach Winston Nevers, Fowler and Netball Jamaica came to an agreement for her to to be excused.

He said Aiken is currently in Australia training and waiting on the arrival of the Sunshine Girls.

“The Jamaican girls looked pretty good and ready to take on their opponents, especially Australia and New Zealand. However, you cannot take any team lightly like South Africa and Malawi, as their chances are also as good as the other teams,” Nevers said.

He said it depends on how many goals a team can score in 24 minutes, which constitute four quarters with six minutes each.

“The three-pointers from long range will be very important, and we have Shanice Beckford and Thristina Harwood to produce those shots in the power play, while Aiken is expected to score from inside the shooting circle,” said Nevers.

The players who will be leaving are Shanice Beckford, Thristina Harwood, and Shimona Nelson (shooters), Adean Thomas and Khadijah William (centre court), Vangelee Williams, Shamera Sterling, Stacian Facey, and Jodi-Ann Ward.

The management officials are Dr Paula Daley-Morris, head of delegation; Marvette Anderson, head coach; Winston Nevers, assistant coach; Leonie Phinn, manager, and Wendi Peart-Brissett, primary care.

The annual Fast5 Netball World Series is contested by the top six national netball teams in the International Netball Federation's (IFNA) world rankings.

Other participating countries are defending champions England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Malawi.

Jamaica will be playing five matches in the preliminary rounds before the play-offs. Their first game will be against South Africa on Friday, October 26, 2018, to be followed by Australia and Malawi.

Jamaica's schedule

(All Jamaica Times)

Friday, October 26, 2019

5:30 am — South Africa vs Jamaica

7:00 am — Australia vs Jamaica

9:15 am — Jamaica vs Malawi

Saturday, October 27

4:45 am — New Zealand vs Jamaica

7:00 am — Jamaica vs England

8:15 am — Play-off for 5th

9:05 am — Play-off for 3rd

9:55 am — Grand Final

10:40 am — Presentation of Awards

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