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Aiken-Pinnock blames fatigue after Gators loss

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMRachid Parchment
Aiken-Pinnock (left)

National netballer Nicole Aiken-Pinnock says that she is suffering from fatigue because of inactivity after her Clarendon Gators' 55-22 loss to the St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite Netball League at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday night.

Aiken-Pinnock played at goal defence during the game and says that she is not yet where she needs to be physically.

"I haven't played netball in a very long while, from Fast5 (Netball World Series), I actually just started back my personal training this week so it's gonna take a lot of work to get me back to fitness."

Aiken-Pinnock says that she hopes she can quickly get back to where she needs to be physically, in order to gel, as she describes it, with her teammates.

MORE PRACTICE NEEDED

"We need more practice time together," she says. "We just have to work on some strategies and some techniques that can help us to win games."

The Gators, who are the defending champions, have lost both their matches played to date and Aiken-Pinnock says that the team's performance is not acceptable for the Elite league.

"For an attacking team, we have to get it together and we have to shoot," she says. "At the end of the day, goals win matches and not just defensive work. We have to get the movement correct, we have to get the passes correct, and we just have to keep working at it and I'm sure that if we work on it, we'll get it right."

Saturday's fixtures also saw National Under-21 player Simone Gordon score twenty eight of thirty five goal attempts as the Under-21 Suns beat the Under-21 Shiners 45-36 to get their first win of the season.

Former national player Simone Forbes registered twenty one of 29 attempts as the St Ann Orchids kept their 100 percent record going, with a 43-35 win over the Kingston Hummingbirds.

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