U-21 netballers eye sweep

Published: Friday | November 16, 2012 Comments 0
Shanice Beckford (right), captain of Jamaica's Under-21 netball team, collecting a gift from Desrine McFarlane, local human resource and customer service manager of 3M, during the press launch for the series against Australia at the Sports Development Foundation office at Phoenix Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Shanice Beckford (right), captain of Jamaica's Under-21 netball team, collecting a gift from Desrine McFarlane, local human resource and customer service manager of 3M, during the press launch for the series against Australia at the Sports Development Foundation office at Phoenix Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Under-21 head coach, Annette Daley, said they will be pulling all the stops to claim a 3-0 series victory over the top-ranked Australia when both teams clash in their three-Test 3M netball series at the National Arena from November 23-25.

"The girls are pretty confident based on the training they have put in, and their aim right now is to go out there and do their best," said Daley during the press launch of the series, which was held at the Sports Development Foundation office at Phoenix Avenue yesterday.

The series is a very important one for the local girls as it forms a crucial part of their preparation for the World Youth Netball Championships, and the majority will be hoping to impress the selectors, as they aim to cement a place on the team to Scotland.

Daley added that most of the players have been a part of the squad since 2010, while a few of them have joined the team since the start of the year.

"We are working on the technical aspects of our game because we do have the athletic ability," Daley said. "We know that in order for us to be successful, we have to be not only efficient, but effective at what we do and, therefore, we have been working on that," she said.

Desrine McFarlane, human resource and customer service manager of 3M for Jamaica and Trinidad, said her company is committed to the development of the sport.

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"We are about sustainability and we are about innovation, and so when we started looking at different sporting organisations, we thought the JNA was the best fit," said McFarlane. "They had a development plan, something that will feed into future Sunshine Girls."

McFarlane added: "We also looked at the ranking of the Sunshine Girls and recognised that they have been doing well year after year, and we felt that our contribution could ensure that this could be sustained by having these girls into a facility, because this sponsorship have allow girls from across Jamaica to be a part of the squad."

The Australians are scheduled to arrive in the island on November 20.


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