Sunshine Girls ready to attack - Reynolds
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, said they are planning an all-out attack when they face England in opening match of the Supreme Ventures three-Test Series, which begins on Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Centre.
Reynolds told The Gleaner in an interview following the announcement of their 14-man squad, that they plan on attacking the English girls from the opening whistle.
"We are confident that we can win," said Reynolds. "This is a series that we need to win, because if we don't do that, then persons are going to lose faith in us."
"We have to be on the attack from ball because it is very important to start out with a good momentum."
She added: "The girls are aware of what is at stake, and so they are committed to go out there and win the series for us."
The England series will be Jamaica's only warm-up 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.
She noted that they are taking the series very seriously because they will be using it to assess their readiness for this year's World Championships, which will be held in Australia in August.
"This series is very important to us because we are playing one of the best teams in the world, and it is also important that we put on a good showing in front of our home crowd," she said.
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 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The team also includes shooters Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Ann-Kay Griffiths, Thristina Harwood, and Shantal Slater.
Pleased with squad
The mid-court players comprise Khadijah Williams, Sasher-Gaye Henry, Adean Thomas, and Nicole Dixon. Captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Vangelee Williams and Stacian Facey are the defenders.
Reynolds stated that she is very pleased with the make-up of the squad, because a lot of players can play more than one position.
"I am quite pleased with this squad, because all the ladies are capable of representing us quite well on court. It is a strong squad that will face the England team," Reynolds noted.
She disclosed that there are a few minor injury worries in the team, which is as a result of the surface that they train on at the National Stadium.
"We have few pains, but despite this, the squad is ready, and they are looking forward to compete at their best and win this series," said Reynolds.