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Girls back in training for C'wealth Games

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Sasher-Gaye Henry

Jamaica's senior netballers will be back in training today after the holiday break as they look to intensify their preparations for the Quad Series and Commonwealth Games later this year.

The Quad Series will also includes hosts New Zealand, Malawi and Fiji. Auckland, New Zealand, from March 21-24, two weeks before the start of the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Australia from April 4-15

Interim coach Sasher-Gaye Henry told The Gleaner yesterday, that because of the limited amount of time the team has for preparation, the Sunshine Girls' training sessions will be very intense over the coming months.

"For this month we will be looking at the strengthening and conditioning of the girls," said Henry. "We also will be focusing on specific areas of the court with specialised sessions," she said.


Key absentees


The Sunshine Girls will be without a number of their starting players for the training sessions. Among the players who will be absent are shooters Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, defender Kadie-Ann Duhaney. All three are playing for respective their clubs in Australia. Aiken recently indicated to the Sunshine Girls coaching staff that she is available after a close to a two-year absence.

Veteran defender Malysha Kelly will also be leaving shortly to take up a contract in the New Zealand's ANZ Championships while Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Vangelee Williams, Shantal Slater and Shamera Sterling are scheduled to fly out next week to play in England's Super League.

The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, won a bronze medal at the last Commonwealth Games, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.