Berger Elite League to serve as Sunshine Girls' World Cup prep
Karen Anderson, general manager of Netball Jamaica, said the Sunshine Girls stand to benefit significantly from playing this year's Berger Paints Elite League, as they continue their preparations for this year's Netball Cup tournament.
The Elite League, which is set tip off on Friday, is Jamaica's top netball competition. The championships will be contested by 72 of the island's top netball players.
Anderson said the tournament will not only assist with the Sunshine Girls' readiness for the World Cup, but it will also prepare them mentally and physically for the World Cup.
"It will give our national players that goal of having very competitive matches day in, day out leading into the Netball World Cup," said Anderson.
"It is for their benefit, and it is for them to hone and sharpen their skills and for them to get match ready and match tough," she said.
"I think they understand that, and I think they appreciate that it is part of their preparation and development for Netball World Cup," Anderson pointed out.
More girls added
Anderson added that three Sunshine Girls have been added to each of the six Elite teams in order to maintain the competitiveness amongst the sides throughout the competition.
"One of things that we have done differently this year is that we have maxed out the number of national players on a team, and so each team can only have three national players," Anderson said.
"We have now carved some balance amongst the teams, and so that is a good thing for the competition," she said.
She also noted that her administration is grateful to Berger Paints for their continued support and sponsorship of the competition
"We are very excited with Berger Paints coming on board, and they are very excited about the prospects," Anderson said. "We have some new things that Berger is excited about that we will be introducing this year," she said
"We have some MVP prizes for games and for the series and, so we are looking at different things to keep people interesting and to keep the girls interested," Anderson said.
Anderson also stated that there are plans afoot to stage some of the matches in the rural areas.
"We plan to take some of the matches out into G.C. Foster College, and so we are going to talk to them about that; we are looking at NCU (Northern Caribbean University)," Anderson said.