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We've nothing to fear, says Reynolds

Published:Thursday | January 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Head coach Minneth Reynolds (back to camera) and Netball Jamaica's technical director, Jill McIntosh (second right), look on as the Sunshine Girls celebrate their 52-48 victory over England in the bronze medal netball match at the SSE Hydro venue at the Commonwealth Games inn Glasgow, Scotland, last summer. In the background are members of the England team. - File
Coach Minette Reynolds - File
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Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, said while it is going to take an all-round effort from the national team to beat England, they are fearless heading into the three-Test series.

England, which will enter the series on high following their 2-0 victory over World number five Malawi last month, have assembled a powerful and experienced team with Pamela Cookey, Geva Mentor, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jo Harten, Rachel Dunn and Sam Cook.

The opening match is set for Saturday, January 10, the second game a day later and the final match on Tuesday, January 13.

"We have nothing to fear," said Reynolds in an interview with The Gleaner yesterday. "They are a very experienced team and so I think it will be a very good test for us.

"We are just hoping that these girls are ready mentally and physically to give a good account of themselves.

"I know that we can find the combination to matchup with the English team because these girls believe in themselves, but it is not just belief alone," she said.

"I think once they get on court it's about executing and executing in all areas of the court because we are not really depending on any particular player, we are depending on a team effort to get a series victory," she said.

Reynolds not surprised

Reynolds is not surprised that England selected their top players for the series.

"They are preparing for the World Championships like us and so they want to send a strong signal to the rest of the other teams that they will not be any pushover or walkover, hence they have selected their best players for this series," observed Reynolds.

The Sunshine Girls will welcome back top shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who missed last year's Fast5 Championships due to personal reasons, and the vastly experienced Paula Thompson, who was rested for the tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The England series will be Jamaica's only warmup against a country ranked higher than them heading into next year's World Championship. The Sunshine Girls are ranked fourth in the world, one place below their English counterparts.

"It is the ideal preparation for us even though it is a bit early because we would prefer to play them later on in the year about April or May to see exactly where we are in terms of our preparations for the World Champs," Reynolds noted. "But it is upon us and so we just have to go out there and do our best."