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Hall issues challenge to Sunshine Girls

Published:Friday | January 11, 2013
Maureen Hall, high performance director of the Jamaica Netball Association. - file

Maureen Hall, high-performance director of the Jamaica Netball Association, has told the country's senior netballers that they must train a lot harder if they are to improve their fourth-place world ranking.

The Sunshine Girls, who are coached by Oberon Pitterson-Nattie, dropped one place below England in the latest International Federation of Netball Association world rankings released last month.

The Jamaicans held third spot for just five months, following their 2-1 home victory over South Africa in August.

Hall, who was addressing senior players along with a number of new recruits, as well as members of the Under-21 squad, told the players that they must improve their discipline and work ethic in training, if they are to regain the third-place ranking in the world.

"Training will be exciting, it will be fun, but it will be hard work," Hall said in a press release.

"We have failed miserably at shooting," she said. "Oftentimes the competition beats us only because they score while we miss. No matter how good you are otherwise, matches are won by scoring goals," Hall said.

Five JNA coaches

The high-performance director pointed out that there were five JNA coaches with whom players could discuss whatever problems they were facing that could affect their training.

"Talk about things with the coaches, but we will not accept your deciding to just not turn up at training," she said.

Head coach Pitterson-Nattie told the senior players that they have a lot of catching up to do in terms of fitness, compared to the top teams in the world.

"Fitness is the key to our success," Pitterson-Nattie said. "We have a lot of catching up to do.

"We have to do fitness testing continually. The required skills will come, but fitness is the bottom line. Training will be dynamic," Pitterson-Nattie stated.

World champions Australia are the number-one team in the world, ahead of New Zealand and England, respectively.

The Jamaica Under-21 squad is currently preparing for the World Youth Championships which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, while the senior players are gearing up for a three-Test series against archrivals England in April.