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McIntosh pleased with progress of Sunshine Girls

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid

Technical director Jill McIntosh is pleased with the progress Jamaica's Sunshine Girls have made, and continue to make, since their 3-0 netball series win over Barbados two weeks ago.

After that series victory over their regional counterparts, McIntosh noted that there were too many unforced errors, but insisted that a better team understanding and chemistry would easily solve that problem.

"There is room for improvement. No (errors won't be difficult to correct), they are just little things and once the team is more familiar with each other, it will be fine," she stated at the weekend.

On Friday, the Sunshine Girls defeated the Berger Elite All-Stars team 72-28 and the players certainly looked much more familiar with each other, more coordinated in their plays and had far less unforced errors.

But although McIntosh was delighted with what she saw, especially in defence, she warned that the competition in Australia will be much fiercer, so they must keep trying to reduce these unforced errors each day.

"I thought we had some nice setting plays, also I thought they (players) defended quite well and kept the All-Stars team to a really low score," she said following the warm-up match.

"So I was mostly pleased with the defence. We just have a few unforced errors that we still have to eliminate. We know how hard it's going to be against the speed of the people we are going to be playing (at the World Cup), so we've got to keep at it all the time. We have to continue to put some pressure on them (players) so they do what they have to do under pressure," she added.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was back to her imperious best and showed great understanding with wing attack Khadijah Williams as she bagged 53 from 67 attempts. Shanice Beckford posted eight from 11 attempts and Anna-Kaye Griffiths had a 100 per cent conversion from 11 shots.

With only a month remaining before the tournament gets going 'down under', McIntosh says preparation is on track.

"Matches like tonight are invaluable. They are definitely sharp and they are getting there, and we are making the final touches in the next three, four weeks," she said.