Forbes doubtful for England clash
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Sunshine Girls shooter, Simone Forbes, is now a major doubt for next month's three-Test netball home series against arch-rivals England.
The Jamaicans' opening match is set for Saturday, January 10, the second game a day later and the final match on Tuesday, January 13.
Forbes, who came out of retirement to rejoin the Sunshine Girls last August, is currently suffering from a knee injury, which she sustained during training last month.
Minette Reynolds, head coach of the Sunshine Girls, told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that Forbes is unlikely to participate in the series.
"She is still a part of the team, but she is doubtful for the series because of an injury to her knee," said Reynolds. "It is not really a major blow because we possess a very strong shooting team."
Reynolds added: "We lost one player who is a very experienced one, but I don't think it is such a major blow because the other girls have been training well."
The 33-year-old Forbes retired from international netball in May 2011 after receiving a three-month ban from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after she was found guilty of using a banned substance.
However, Forbes, who plays goal attack, had been representing Waulgrovians A in Netball Jamaica's divisional league, during the time when she had retired from international competition.
Romelda Aiken, Jhaniele Fowler, Thristina Harwood, Shanice Beckford, Ann-Kay Griffiths and Shantal Slater are the shooters currently vying for spots on the Sunshine Girls team for next month's series.
Reynolds added that despite the absence of Forbes, she is confident that the players who will be selected for the series will deliver for the Sunshine Girls on the day.
"We have six other shooters to choose from, and on any given day, any two that we put on court should deliver for us," she said. "Her (Forbes') experience will be missed because experience does help, but she is not available and so we just have to work with who we have available."