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Botswana bound | Junior Sunshine Girls vow to give best at Netball World Youth Cup

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Members of the National U21 netball team gather at the Norman Manley International Airport, before departing for Botswana. They will be participating in the World youth Netball championship from July 8 to 16.

A confident 12-member Sunshine Girls Under-21 team left the island yesterday for the IFNA Netball World Youth Cup, which will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from July 8 to 16.

The junior Sunshine Girls won the bronze medal in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago and head coach Janet Guy is expecting another podium finish this year.

"I am feeling confident that the girls will do their best," said Guy.

"We do not have the greatest set of players, but they are going to do their best to ensure that they give a good account of themselves and ensure that they make the country proud," she said.

The vastly experienced Guy is hoping that it will be second time lucky for her, having coached the junior Sunshine Girls to their best ever finish at the Under-21 championships, when they won a silver in Wales 2000.

"I am not the coach who predicts, I am the coach who believes in taking it a day at a time, a match at a time and then the results will come," Guy said.

"We have been in camp and we have tried to clean up a few things the best way we could, so it is up to the girls go out and perform on the day," she said.

Five members of the team recently represented the senior Sunshine Girls against Barbados in a three-Test at the National Arena, which ended in a 1-1 draw.


Experience key


Guy added that the experience was very valuable for players.

"I am so glad that they got a chance to work with the big Sunshine Girls, some of them got more court time than some, but I think the experience did well for them," said Guy.

The Jamaicans have been drawn in Pool C, along with hosts Botswana, the Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda. Their first game takes place against the Cook Islands on Saturday.