Sunshine Girls sweep Barbados
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls technical director, Jill McIntosh, says the team is nearly ready for the World Cup in Australia following their 3-0 sweep of Barbados in the Supreme Ventures three-game series which ended at G.C. Foster College yesterday.
But although she admitted that there is still work to do ahead of the championship, she says there is adequate time to make those corrections, and believes that once the final squad is named, the players can focus on getting those 'little things' right. The players, who won 66-31, yesterday will know who made the final 12 today. However, the squad will be revealed to the public at a later date.
room for improvement
"They (team) are on their way. We still have six weeks, so the next main thing is we will announce our team and then get to work, but there is always room for improvement," McIntosh said.
'Barbados started the game purposefully and made it competitive for the first part of the opening quarter. But the Sunshine Girls found their footing midway the period and dominated from thereon to end the quarter 18-7.
Barbados continued to show resilience after the break, with goal keeper Shonette Azore-Bruce and goal defence Rhe-Ann Niles doing well to intercept some passes in to goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Jamaica led 34-18 at half-time.
Jamaica made several changes at the break but continued to dominate and ran out easy winners.
"It was good, it was another win, and it's three out of three," said McIntosh after the game.
"We tried new combinations, and that was always the plan, and each player has been given their opportunity to play," she continued.
The girls will play their final warm-up game against the male all-stars team before departing, although McIntosh noted that they will play a couple friendlies in Australia before the tournament starts.
Barbados coach Anna Shepherd, whose team is also preparing for the World Cup, said the tour was helpful.
"The main purpose for coming here was seeing our girls against top opposition. I am grateful to Netball Jamaica for inviting us here," she stated.