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Harwood Hoping For National Recall

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 1:00 AMRobert Bailey
Harwood

National shooter Thristina Harwood has set her sights on leading the Kingston Hummingbirds to this year's Berger Elite League title, while she eyes a return to the Sunshine Girls set up.

The Hummingbirds, who last won the title in 2014, is one win away from securing their second hold on the trophy, as they lead the best-of-three finals against the St Ann Orchids 1-0, with Game Two scheduled for Thursday.

Harwood, the second leading scorer in this season's competition, was in superb form in game one, as she netted 38 goals from 48 attempts.

The 23-year-old Harwood said that she is confident the Hummingbirds will close out the series on Thursday.

"I know that the St Ann Orchids are going to come out very strong for the second game, but come Thursday, I will be ready," Harwood said.

"I know for sure that there won't be a game three because I am going to play my all out and so Kingston Hummingbirds will come out victorious at the end," she said.

The stoutly regarded player, who last represented Jamaica at the 2015 Fast5 Series in New Zealand, said she is itching to get back in the national set-up.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN

 

"I am definitely looking forward to getting back into the national team because I have been out of the squad for some time due to school issues," said Harwood, who is in her final year of her Bachelor of Science degree in general management studies.

"My performance in the Elite League has been good because I am really happy with myself, even though I haven't been doing any intense training," she said.

"My shots are still there, but what I need to work on is speed and movements, but I know that I will improve on that once I get back into the national team," Harwood said.

In fact, Harwood, who the MVP trophy at the 2013 FAST5 Series in New Zealand, said she has lost a few pounds because she has been working very hard to improve her fitness.

"I have lost some weight, but I need to lose a lot more so that I can get back in shape, but this will take time," she said.