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Nevers targets Sunshine Girls improvements - Coach raises issues after warm-up victory

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:14 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Assistant coach of Jamaica’s national senior netball team Winston Nevers, said that while he is happy with the Sunshine Girls’ 72-53 victory over the Manchester Thunder in their practice match yesterday, he believes that there are still some areas that they must improve on before the start of next week’s Netball World Cup, which will be held in Liverpool, England.

Nevers told The Gleaner from the team’s base in Manchester, England, where the Sunshine Girls are staging a training camp, that he was particularly concerned with some aspects of the team’s ­defensive performance.

“I feel good to know that we have played our first match, but there are some little glitches here and there. But in our next training session, we are going to work on those that we have seen that we are not pleased with,” said Nevers.

“Our defence, I think, could be sharper, and I think we need to keep more possession of the ball,” he said. “Those are the areas, but they are not hard areas to work on because we have identified what we want to see, and therefore, we will try to work on them in training.”

However, the veteran coach pointed out that the coaching staff was generally pleased with the team’s execution in the second half of the match.

“The vibes in the camp is good because the third quarter and last quarter [were] very good for us, just like what we have been work on in training,” Nevers said.

“Over the years, we have had problems in the third and the last quarter because we kind of break down there. But I have seen that we are progressing, especially in the last quarter, when we just move away from them, and it shows that our fitness is really up there,” Nevers said.

The coach underlined that once the Sunshine Girls continue to play hard and maintain their composure throughout their matches, then the sky is the limit for them.

“We just want to maintain this standard and continue to play consistent and to ensure that we get it right at all times, and once we do that, then we will do well in the Netball World Cup,” Nevers stated.

The Sunshine Girls, who are now ranked second in the world after moving up one spot behind world champions Australia on Monday, will take on Fiji in their opening match of the tournament on July 12.