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NJ seeking games against T&T, Barbados

Published:Thursday | January 29, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard, says her administration is awaiting confirmation of an upcoming Test series against Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Bernard told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that both teams are still contemplating whether to accept the invitation to play the Sunshine Girls ahead of this year's World Championships.

"Both Barbados and Trinidad have been invited, but they are looking to see how their funding is and so I am awaiting an answer from both of them," said Bernard.

"We are really hoping that one, if not both, of them will come," Bernard said.

She added that South Africa and Malawi were also approached to play the Sunshine Girls in a Test series.

"Malawi and South Africa have not been able to accept our invitation," said Bernard.

"South Africa wants us to come, and in a year of the World Championships, we can't go because of the funding," she said

"Malawi will have challenges coming out here in a year of World Championships because of funding," Bernard noted.

Three-Week Break

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Girls are set to resume training next Monday, following a three-week break and will be concentrating on their conditioning.

"The girls will return to training next week Monday and they are going to be doing fitness for the entire month of February," said Bernard. "They won't be touching any ball during this period."

The Jamaicans, who are ranked fourth in the world, recently defeated archrivals England 2-1 in a three-Test series on home soil.

Both teams used the series as part of their preparations for this year's World Championships, which will be held in Sydney, Australia in August.