Sunshine Girls, English Roses to settle series in final match
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls will be looking to fire on all cylinders when they meet England in today's deciding netball game of the three-Test Supreme Ventures Sunshine Series at the National Indoor Sports Centre, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams have it all to do, this after the Jamaicans missed a shot at closing out the series on Sunday when they were beaten 55-47 by the English in Game Two. The Sunshine Girls won the opening match in the series 56-47.
Reynolds said the team performed badly in Game Two and her players are determined to in front of their home fans.
"We have to go for the win," said Reynolds. "We have no other choice and we are going all out in attack and defence on Tuesday," she said.
"We made a few errors, but it's nothing that cannot be fixed, and so we are going fix them come Tuesday and win the game," Reynolds said
New ball game
She added: "We were certainly off in many areas because we were off in defence, in attack, and in our shooting, but I know that come Tuesday, it will be a whole new ball game because we will be ready to go out and win the series."
Romelda Aiken is expected to lead the Sunshine Girls' attacking unit. The tall shooter came off the bench in Game Two and top-scored with 18 goals from 26 attempts.
She is expected to receive support from fellow attackers Jhaniele Fowler and Shanice Beckford. Khadijah Williams will marshall the mid-court, while captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock and Stacian Facey will lead their defence.
England's coach, Anna Mayes, said her team is also full of confidence heading into today's deciding game, following their comfortable victory in Game Two.
"We want to carry this momentum over into Game Three on Tuesday," said Mayes. We know it is going to be tough, but I am confident my girls can go out and win the deciding game for us."
She added: "We have to be patient when we are in possession of the ball and not throw it away, and we have to shut down their attackers and make it difficult for them to get into their rhythm."
Jo Harten, who top-scored for the English Roses with 39 goals from 43 attempts in Game Two, will lead their attacking unit, with the vastly experienced goal attack, Pamela Cookey, expected to provide major support.
Geva Mentor and Eboni-Beckford Chambers are their key defenders, while Jade Clarke and Rachel Dunn will look to direct play from mid-court.