I can only get better - Sterling
One of the outstanding performers for Jamaica's Sunshine Girls in their three-game friendly series against Barbados was goalkeeper Shamera Sterling..
The tall 21-year-old, who was out of the national programme for about a year while she concentrated on her studies, was one of the bright sparks in the Sunshine Girls' disappointing 1-1 series draw with the Barbadians and she promises even more top-notch performances as she looks to cement herself as a regular in the team.
Sterling made her return to the team last November for a three-game series against England and the promising young defender was on top of her game as Jamaica turned back the hosts 2-1. She told The Gleaner after game two against Barbados at the National Arena on Sunday that she expected nothing less of herself, and that her performances should get even better going forward.
"Being out of the national team did not affect my confidence because I knew why I was out. The first game I played (against Barbados) wasn't what I expected, but I was determined to come out for the second game and do my best," she commented after the game.
"The difference between the first and second games was that I had a game plan for the second game and I stuck to that game plan," she added.
Although the team's defence in general needs work, Sterling was masterful throughout the series with some timely interceptions, consistent rebounds and blocks. At the height of her display in game two, the former Herbert Morrison and Queen's School student fully extended herself to grab an interception and in one motion, spun 360 degrees on one leg before releasing a perfect pass to restart the attack.
Now, Sterling has set her sights on becoming the Sunshine Girls' number one defender in future series.
"My performances since I've returned have been pleasing and it will be maintained. So you can expect many more performances like this," she said.