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Forbes back in the fold

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

After more than three years away from international competition, former national captain Simone Forbes is set to make a return to the Sunshine Girls' team today.

The 33-year-old Forbes retired from international netball in May 2011, after receiving a three-month ban from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, after she was found guilty of using a banned substance.

However, Forbes, who plays goal attack, has been representing Waulgrovians A in Netball Jamaica's divisional league, since her retirement from international competition. Forbes has won two World Netball Championship (WNC) bronze medals with Jamaica in 2003 and 2007. She last represented the Sunshine Girls in January 2011 against Australia.

Forbes will be joined in training today by fellow goal attack Anna-Kay Griffiths, who will be making her return to the national setup after a three-year break. The 26-year-old Griffiths last represented the Sunshine Girls at the 2011 WNC, which was held in Singapore.

Karen Anderson, general manager of Netball Jamaica, told The Gleaner yesterday, that both players had accepted her association's invitation to rejoin the national setup.

"We asked her to come back and so she was issued with an invitation with three other persons," said Anderson. "We see value in her abilities and we believe she can add value to the squad and to the team if she makes it," she said.

Anderson pointed out that the return of both players will certainly intensify the competition among girls who will be vying for spots on the Sunshine Girls team to World Fast5 Series, which will be held in November.

"I think the message it is sending is that you have to fight for your spot and so no position is guaranteed and everybody has to fight for their position because we want to put the best team with the best personnel out there," Anderson stated.