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Fowler-Reid: Sunshine Girls motivated by negatives

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Sunshine Girls captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid believes Jamaica's silver- medal winning performance at the just-concluded Fast5 World Series will serve to revive the programme and spur energy back into the national team.

The Sunshine Girls came in for a lot of criticisms, in recent months, particularly after their drawn series against Barbados in April at the National Arena.

This led to head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken resigning in July and the appointments of interim coaches Sasher-Gaye Henry and Marvette Anderson.

However, Fowler-Reid told The Gleaner that the Sunshine Girls were determined to prove to everyone that the team's performance against Barbados was just a fluke and that they are still one of the top teams in the world.


Fresh start


"The motivation was just the negatives behind us over the past few months and so we just wanted to go to this tournament clean and started with something new and fresh. That gave us the hunger to go out there and do well for the country," said Fowler-Reid.

"This means a lot to us because it gives us an extra push and just shows us the depth that we have going on and beat the other teams in the regular game," Fowler-Reid.

She added: "I reckoned that this will help us a lot and it will push us forward, and I think it will help us so that other people will come behind us and support us because we need the support. We need to have a level mind in our training and not worry about anything else."

The second-place finish matches the best-ever placing by the team in international competitions after they also finished second at the Fastnet World Netball Series in England in 2009.

The Sunshine Girls were unbeaten in all their matches leading up to the final, with victories against main rivals Australia, New Zealand and England. However, in the battle for the gold medals involving the top two teams, Jamaica lost 34-29 to England.

Fowler-Reid pointed that one of the key factors behind the girls winning the silver at the championships is that they stuck together, with the coaching and management staff playing huge roles in helping the girls along the way.

"We went down there with a winning mentality, but we have always gone to these tournaments with a winning mentality," said Fowler-Reid. "But this time, it was a bit different, and I guess it was just the camaraderie among the girls and the leadership that we had, with myself and Paula (Thompson), and the coaches really did well."