NJ boss : Preparation time was too short
President of Netball Jamaica (NJ), Dr Paula Daley-Morris, has blamed a short preparation time for the National Under-21 team's poor showing at the recent Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.
The junior Sunshine Girls, who were one of the medal favourites, finished a disappointing fifth at the championships.
Daley-Morris said the young Sunshine Girls began preparing for the championships very late.
"We would have wanted to finish higher but I am still proud of the girls because we only trained for a year and we were only able to come fifth," said Daley-Morris following the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday evening.
Moments of brilliance
"We saw moments of brilliance and so we know that if we had a longer training period we would have been far more successful but life is like that," she said.
The Janet Guy-coached team, who won the bronze in 2013, also failed to make it to the semi-finals for the first time since 1995. They were beaten by England in the quarter-finals.
The young Sunshine Girls also suffered a shocking defeat to hosts Botswana in the preliminary round of the competition.
Daley-Morris added that because the team started preparing for the championship so late they were unable to put together consistent performances throughout the championships.
"For me reality has to set in, you have four years to prepare for a World Championships. We need to train for four years, the International Netball Federation gives us four years to prepare for a world champs and so we need to find the resources to do it for four years. We can't shortcut the process and expect to get better results," Daley-Morris stated.