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Build on this - Reynolds - Sunshine Girls look to improve after impressive England win

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (left) and Shaniece Beckford, members of the Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls are all smiles on their return to Jamaica yesterday after their 2-1 away series win over England in their three-match series.
Members of the victorious Sunshine Girls, who defeated England 2-1 in a three-match series in England, pose for pictures along with members of their management team at the Norman Manley International Airport shortly after arriving in the island yesterday afternoon.
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Hot on the heels of their series victory over rivals England Roses in the United Kingdom, Jamaica's Sunshine Girls head coach Minneth Reynolds said that the work is just beginning for the national team.

The Sunshine Girls won the three-Test series 2-1 after their stunning 64-57 victory in the deciding game at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

They opened the series with a 66-49 win at London's Copper Box Arena last week.

However, they faltered in the second game at Belle Vue in Manchester, going down 63-50 to England. The victory was the Sunshine Girls' first away series win over England since 2007.

"We are certainly not going to sit back because this series is part of our development process," Reynolds told The Gleaner in an interview, following the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

"We can't beat England and say that is it. (We) have to continue to work on what we did during this series and continue to improve on it," she added.

"In all three games, our final quarter was the best, and so what it proves is that we have been finishing strongly, but we need to work on our start and maintain it throughout our games," added Reynolds.

 

CAME OUT VICTORIOUS

 

"We knew what we had to do in the final game because as a team, we watched the video footage from the previous game, and we reviewed, and we analysed, and we went back to training, and so we came out victorious."

Meanwhile, goal shooter Jhaneile Fowler-Reid, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the series, said after their defeat in the second game, the Sunshine Girls were very determined to win the series.

"This means a lot to us, and it shows that we have it in us to go overseas and win games against some of the best countries in the world," said Fowler-Reid.

"We have a very good bunch of girls and they are very easy to work with, and so that makes my job as shooter much easier," she said.

"We just need to stick together, and with a lot more financial help that we can reach our goal of becoming the number-one team in the world."