Netball squad to face Barbados named
The Jamaica Netball Association has named an 18-player squad to face Barbados in a three-game friendly series from June 19-21.
Seventeen members of the squad are now in camp, including Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who returned from the ANZ League last Saturday. However, the team's other ANZ League player, Romelda Aikens, will join up with the squad at a later date, as she will participate in the final of that tournament this weekend.
The other members of the squad are Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (captain), Shanice Beckford, Nicole Dixon, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Stacian Facey, Simone Gordon, Thrishana Hanson, Thristina Harwood, Sasher Gaye Henry, Malysha Kelly, Shantal Slater, Adean Thomas, Paula Thompson, Khadijah Williams, and Vanagalee Williams Anna-Kaye Griffiths replaced Deneen Taylor, who left the island recently.
Technical director Jill McIntosh expects the Barbadians to put up a strong challenge, and said it is a great opportunity for the selectors to see which players are fully ready for the 'Gold Rush' challenge Down Under.
"Let it not be said that Barbados is not strong enough; they will be here fighting, because there is much rivalry in the Caribbean. Barbados will try to upset the Sunshine Girls. But as selectors, it's a great opportunity to see who can deal with the pressures of international netball," she said at the Netball House on Widcombe Road in Barbican
The series, which is sponsored to the tune of $1million by Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), is the final commitment from the gaming and sports betting company in a $4.5 million sponsorship deal. The series will be Jamaica's final international friendly before they depart for Australia.
The final squad will be named on June 22, a day after the series.
Sunshine Girls captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, paid tribute to the sponsors, SVL, for the continued support, not only for the national programme, but for the local (Minor and Major) leagues, as well for more than 13 seasons.
Jhanelle Davis, Supreme Venture's corporate communications officer, said Netball Jamaica has set a standard of excellence, and they continue to give them their full support because they believe in their vision.