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Sunshine Girls look for second clinical win

Published:Tuesday | October 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica senior women’s netball team captain and goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler (left) goes up against Trinidad and Tobago goal defence Aniecia Baptiste during the first game on their Sunshine Series test match at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St And
Jamaica senior women’s netball team captain and goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler (left) goes up against Trinidad and Tobago goal defence Aniecia Baptiste during the first game on their Sunshine Series test match at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Saturday.
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Having soundly beaten Trinidad and Tobago in the opening match of their Three-Test series, Sunshine Girls’ head coach Connie Francis said she is expecting another clinical performance from the Jamaicans in game two today at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston at 6 p.m.

The Calypso Girls proved no match for the Jamaicans in game one as they were beaten 71-22 by the hosts in their opening encounter on Saturday at the same venue.

The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, six places above the Trinis, played brilliantly in the final two quarters as they held the visitors to just six points in the last 30 minutes of play.

FULL FORCE

However, despite their outstanding showing, Francis said they will be coming out in full force and they will not be taking their opponents lightly.

“We are not going to let up and we will be coming out ready to play on Tuesday because we have to ensure that we get things right every time we step out on the court to play,” said Francis.

The first game is behind us and we are going to try to see if we can fix some of the things that are of concern to me and we will take it from there. I am not going to say we could have scored 100 goals but I think that we missed quite a few which could have got us into the 80s.”

Francis said that she will be making several changes to her starting line-up for today’s encounter.

“It is about using different rotations and giving the girls an opportunity to gel because they are being watched by the selectors,” she said.

The Sunshine Girls will be depending heavily on captain and goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who netted 43 goals from 49 attempts in game one to lead their charge to victory. She is expected to receive support from defender Shadian Hemmings, who was voted the Most Valuable Player in game, with Shamera Sterling, Adean Thomas, Rebekah Robinson, and Latanya Wilson.

Trinidad captain Althea McCollin said despite the loss, she is expecting a much better showing from her team today.

“It is a work in progress because we only started training on July 12 and these are young players and we are getting there,” she said. “I am expecting a much better showing in our remaining games because every day we come out, we are coming out to do our best.

“I want our shooters to press on to the goal more because when the ball is in the circle, we have to press for the goal more instead of passing it around the circle.”

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