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Nelson replacement expected tomorrow

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Shimona Nelson goes high to receive a pass while being closely watched by Barbadian Shonette Azore-Bruce during a Test match at the National Arena on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Netball Jamaica (NJ) president Dr Paula Daley-Morris said they will be moving swiftly to install a replacement for Shimona Nelson. The goalshooter withdrew from the Sunshine Girls squad to this year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, due to injury.

Nelson, 20 years old, plays for the Collingwood Magpies in Suncorp Super Netball in Australia, where she is rated as one of the best shooters in the competition, but she recently advised NJ of her withdrawal due to persistent knee problems.

Daley-Morris told The Gleaner that her association is very saddened by Nelson’s withdrawal, but that they respected her decision.

“The selectors have been notified, and the chief selector is doing her thing and we are waiting on her to get back to us. We are anticipating that we’ll have the decision by (tomorrow),” Daley-Morris said.

A Disappointment

“We are very disappointed because the ideal thing that any country would want is 80 per cent returning players and 20 per cent new blood, people who you know will carry one another a couple of years. Shimona Nelson’s unavailability is a disappointment to the country, and I think the netball world is also disappointed, too, because this would have been a golden opportunity to see what the future looks like, but it is not going to happen, and so we have to be supportive of her and her decision.”

The NJ president added that her association would do whatever it could to support Nelson in her recovery process.

“The player is important and the country is also important. We have strengthened that balance. She made the decision based on medical reasons, so we just have to support her,” Daley-Morris said.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Shadiann Hemmings, who was named among the three reserves, is favoured to replace Nelson in the Sunshine Girls squad. Shannika Johnson and Rebekah Robinson are the other reserves.