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McIntosh to remain with Netball Jamaica - We have unfinished business, she says

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Technical director of Netball Jamaica, Jill McIntosh (right), receiving a bouquet from Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley at the Leila Robinson Court yesterday. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Jill McIntosh, the technical director of Netball Jamaica, will continue to guide the local programme until the Netball World Cup set for Sydney, Australia, from August 9 to 16, 2015.

The former Australian player and head coach helped guide the Sunshine Girls to the bronze medal at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. McIntosh was appointed coach of the Australian team in 1995, and under her guidance, the team won the 1995 and 1999 World Championships and the 1998 Commonwealth Games gold medal.

President of Netball Jamaica Marva Bernard confirmed yesterday that McIntosh, who joined the coaching staff of the Sunshine Girls in April, will be back to help the team take a further step in their goal to become the number one team in the world.

Plans for next year

"The board is going to meet with her to plan for next year and she is already engaging her mind. We had discussions when we were in the village (in Glasgow) on how we are going to approach Netball World Cup 2015, so I can say Jill will be back with us and she will be expected to be technical director right through to World Cup 2015," Bernard said yesterday at the reopening of the refurbished Leila Robinson Courts at Independence Park Limited.

Bernard said it would be foolhardy not to retain McIntosh's considerable assets that have had a tangible effect on the development of the Sunshine Girls, who delivered on their promise to return home with a medal from the Commonwealth Games. It was also reportedly a condition of the agreement between the coach and Netball Jamaica. "Jill is one of the most respected, admired and highest-achieving coaches in netball, and to have her wanting to be a part of our journey is something that the board of Netball Jamaica appreciates," Bernard said.

"She has never sat on the bench of any of the countries that she has coached, and for her to sit on our bench as an Australian icon speaks volumes. We would be foolish not to bring her back here."

McIntosh will return to Australia in the coming days for a short stint before returning to Jamaica. She revealed yesterday that she would love to be back as long as Netball Jamaica wanted her back because she wants to take the national team all the way to the top. "We have unfinished business," she said.