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Intense training ahead for Sunshine Girls

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Jamaica’s captain and goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, is challenged by England’s Geva Mentor during their Fast5 Netball World Series match in Melbourne, Australia in October.

Interim coach Sasher-Gaye Henry will be intensifying the Sunshine Girls' preparations ahead of next year's Quad Series, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Quad Series, which also includes hosts New Zealand, Malawi and Fiji will be held from March 21-24.

Henry told The Gleaner yesterday that the Sunshine Girls will be taking the series very seriously, and as such, they will back in the training as soon as the holiday period is over.

"Everything will be up a notch because we have to increase it (training) based on the tournament that we will be going into and the time that we have left for our preparations," said Henry, who along with Marvette Anderson, were appointed interim coaches following the resignation of Jermaine Allison McCracken in July.

"Going forward, the training will intensify because even the days that they train will increase," Henry said.

Henry added that the Quad Series forms a very important part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Australia, April 4-15.

"It is going to be a very important series knowing that this is only preparation that we have before the Commonwealth Games. We are only sorry that it is so close to the Games, but that was the only thing that was available for us," Henry.

"However, it is very important that we go there and put on a good show and play extremely well going into the Commonwealth Games," she said.

Henry noted that the Sunshine Girls are still in high spirits after winning silver at the Fast5 World Series in Australia in October, but she said the Quad Series and Commonwealth Games are going to be a lot tougher.

"We are very happy for the silver medal at the Fast5, but now it is a total different game because the preparation has to be different along with the whole game structure and strategy," Henry said.