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Fewer turnovers, please! - Anderson wants improved Sunshine Girls showing in spite of 85-29 win over Fiji

Published:Saturday | July 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken (second left) collects the ball ahead of Kelera Nawai (left) and Episake Kahatoka (right) of Fiji as Aiken’s teammate, Jhaniele Fowler, covers during their Vitality Netball World Cup game at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, yesterday.
Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken (second left) collects the ball ahead of Kelera Nawai (left) and Episake Kahatoka (right) of Fiji as Aiken’s teammate, Jhaniele Fowler, covers during their Vitality Netball World Cup game at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England, yesterday.

Liverpool, England:

Jamaica’s head coach, Marvette Anderson, is imploring the Sunshine Girls to limit their errors when they face Caribbean side Trinidad and Tobago in their second match of the Vitality Netball World Cup at the M&S Bank Arena here today.

The Sunshine Girls, who last won a medal at the championships in 2007, outclassed Fiji 85-29 in their opening match of the tournament. However, despite their wide margin of victory, the Jamaicans were guilty of turning over the ball 26 times during the match.

Anderson told The Gleaner after the game that the Sunshine Girls must do a better job in protecting the ball whenever they are in possession if they are going to become successful at the tournament.

“I think our turnovers were too much, and I think we can work on that aspect of our game,” she said. “I am expecting Trinidad to come strong because they have two players that ply their trade overseas, and they are not going to roll over and play dead.”

POSITION CHANGES

“I expect a good and competitive game. But for us, it is one game at a time, and we are going to come back and be ready for this match,” Anderson said.

Anderson made several changes to the team during the match, one of which saw captain Jhaniele Fowler playing goal shooter and Romelda Aiken replacing Shanice Beckford at goal attack at the start of the fourth quarter.

Anderson said it was a combination that they had been working on in training and that she was now hoping that it would bear fruit for Jamaica in the tournament.

“I believe in it, and we have been working with it today (yesterday), and it was the first day that we put it on court competitively, and I’m happy for what I saw,” she said.

The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked second in the world, outclassed the 17th-ranked Fiji in event department.

Fowler, who replaced Aiken at the start of the third quarter, led the way for the Sunshine Girls with an impressive 33 goals from 35 attempts.

The Jamaicans led 19-8 at the end of the first period and 40-14 at half-time. Aiken, who was playing in her first match in three months since suffering a stress fracture to her right tibia, supported Fowler with 26 goals from 36 attempts.

The Sunshine Girls turned up their defence in the third quarter, limiting Fiji to just four goals while outscoring them by 27 to take a 67-18 lead at the end of the period.

Rebekah Robinson, with 17 goals from 16 attempts, and Shanice Beckford, 11 from 13, were the other scorers for Anderson’s side.

The Jamaicans face Trinidad and Tobago in their second game of the tournament today at 11 a.m. Jamaica time.