Sunshine Girls boosted by Quad Series win
National senior netball coach Sasher-Gaye Henry said the Sunshine Girls' recent Quad Series victory, have given the team a lot of confidence going in next month's Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-14.
The Sunshine Girls, who won the bronze in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago, are aiming to secure the gold medal in this year's tournament.
They performed excellently during the Quad Series, as they recorded a 83-38 win over Fiji, 65-55 win over Malawi and a 59-51 win over number two ranked New Zealand.
The Sunshine Girls, who ended the tournament unbeaten, also recorded a 59-53 win over New Zealand in the final.
Henry told The Gleaner in an interview from the team’s base in New Zealand that she was very pleased with the team’s performance during the Series and said that they are moving from strength to strength ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“They are excited and they are confident,” said Henry. "However, we are trying to remain focus on the task at hand, because we know that the Quad Series is over and we know that we are on different mission,” she said.
“The Quad Series was our preparations for the Commonwealth Games, but we are happy to have that victory, but at the same time, we will have to work on the errors that we made and we try to improve on some small areas that we need to improve on,” Henry said.
She added that the Sunshine Girls are aware that the championship is going to be very tough, but they are preparing to deal with the rigours of the competition.
“We are always confident in our ability and we believe in ourselves and so the girls are consistently confident. We are humble at the same time, because we know that it is going to be tough competition,” Henry said.
“We know where we are at and we know what we can do and so we are confident that we can do it,” she said.
“We are always trying to improve on our medal position and so we know that we can do it, but it is just our execution and being mentally prepared and physically strong on the competition days,” Henry stated