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No Quad Series trophy for Sunshine Girls

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Dr Daley-Morris

President of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Dr Paula Daley-Morris says that her association is very disappointed that hosts Netball New Zealand decided not to hand over the Quad Series trophy to the Sunshine Girls after the recent tournament.

The Sunshine Girls topped the recent pre-Commonwealth Games tournament after they defeated New Zealand 59-53 in the final last month.

Daley-Morris told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday that her association was extremely shocked by Netball New Zealand's action.

"At the end of the series for the Taini Jamison Trophy, we were anticipating receiving the trophy, but we were told that it has never been won by any other national team and that it couldn't leave the country," said Dr Daley-Morris.

"The team was disappointed in that we didn't get medals or replicas, and we asked for even a picture of the trophy itself or even something symbolic to mark the occasion, and we haven't received that either," Daley-Morris said.

"We got a little framed New Zealand plaque, and it wasn't even a plaque that had any writing to say what we received this for in terms of the competition. It was just normal memorabilia, and I don't think it was sufficient," she said.

Daley Morris added that she will be writing to Netball New Zealand about the matter.

 

NOT A PLEASANT FEELING

 

"I will take it up with the CEO for Netball New Zealand because I know it wasn't a pleasant feeling for the girls," she said.

"We are not going to create a row over it, but I will take it up with Netball New Zealand in a more official capacity so that we don't have a repeat of that kind of situation," the local netball boss said.

She noted that the Quad Series played an important role in helping the Sunshine Girls to secure bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games.

"It was the second time we were playing in it (Quad Series). We played in the series in 2016 and we lost, and this time around, we won, and so it was really important to us to play in this competition," Daley-Morris.

"It was a good test for us to see where we were as a team, and it certainly inspired confidence in the team, having done so well in the competition," she said.

"I think that when athletes perform, they expect to be rewarded, and sometimes the reward is monetary and sometimes it is symbolic," Daley-Morris stated.