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Jamaica ready for action

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A confident Jamaican contingent will bow into action on today's opening day of the Carifta Water Polo Championships, which will be held at the National Stadium Pool.

The Lance Rochester-coached Jamaican team will take on their rivals from Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Curaçao.

"We are very confident," said Rochester. "There are three categories and we are confident in all of them because they have been preparing well and they have been training consistently for several months, and everybody is raring to go."

The 15 and under male team is confident that months of preparation and hard work have honed the skills, endurance and drive they will need to put on an outstanding performance on the weekend. Though inexperienced, the team is eagerly awaiting the chance to get their feet wet for their country.

Jamaica will have representation in three categories: 19 and under male, 19 and under female, and 15 and under male. These teams will be led by Darron-Ray Donaldson, Kristen Jones and David Bryan, respectively.

This tournament marks Jamaica's return to the championships following their absence in 2011. This will be a good opportunity for Jamaica to improve their ranking among their Caribbean neighbours.

Both 19 and under teams will benefit from a base of experienced players, some of whom have already represented Jamaica at the international level. This experience will be supported by a larger group of hard-working and energised new players, who are representing their country for the first time. This mixture of youth and experience should augur well for the country and is an indication that the programme is on a progressive path.

- Robert Bailey