Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Top goal shooters Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler head a strong 10-member national squad which has been selected to participate in this year's Fast5 World Series that will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, November 8-10.
Aiken, along with defender Malysha Kelly, are the co-captains of the Sunshine Girls team. They will be joined in the team by Paula Thompson, who last represented Jamaica at the World Netball Championships in Singapore in 2011.
Aiken said she is expecting a good showing from the squad, which includes five members of the team that won the bronze medal at the recent World Youth Netball Champion-ships (WYNC) in Glasgow, Scotland.
"I think we will do fairly well," said Aiken. "I think we have a good set of girls going over there that will do us very proud. We know the task ahead, and we know what we are going to come up against, and so we just need to put it together as a team," added Aiken, who plays for the Queensland Firebirds in the ANZ Championships in Australia and New Zealand.
According to Aiken, the young players have been working very hard in training, and they have been gelling with the senior members of the team.
"We have been training well together for the last two weeks, and they are eager to learn, and I know that they just want to get out there and play," Aiken said. "We are very excited and we are working very hard, and we are pushing each other to do well."
The 24-year-old Fowler, who is regarded as the best goal shooter in the world, lit up the ANZ Netball Championships in New Zealand this year, where she was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) while breaking several records.
The Jamaican, who plays for the New Zealand-based Southern Steel, finished with 666 goals from 709 attempts to break the league's record for most goals in a season. She also holds the record for most goals in a game, after netting 65 twice during the season.
She was also voted ANZ Championship's Best New Talent and named as goal shooter in the 2013 Foxtel ANZ Championship All-Star team.
The Oberon Pitterson-Nattie-coached team also includes Vanessa Walker, along with national Under-21 captain Vangelee Williams, who led Jamaica to bronze medal at this year's WYNC in Glasgow, Scotland.
Williams will be joined in the squad by her national Under-21 teammates Shamera Sterling, Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Thristina Hardwood.