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Perfect Watson leads Under-16 Sunshine Girls to series sweep

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Under-16 netballers, led by a superb shooting display from Shaneika Watson, outclassed their Birmingham age-group counterparts 34-26 to record a 3-0 win in their three-match series in Birmingham, England, yesterday.

Watson shot a perfect 32 goals from 32 attempts, as the Jamaicans led 17-10 at half-time and 26-18 at the end of the third quarter. Watson received good support from Apryl Thompson who shot two goals from four attempts.

The Jamaicans had earlier won the first game 26-22 and emerged victors 31-24 in the second match.

Minneth Reynolds, coach of the junior Sunshine Girls, said she was pleased with the efforts of the girls during the series as they improved a lot on their skill levels.

"Each game that we played the girls have been improving on their performance because our scoring has increased in each game and the players have also been improving on their skill levels," Reynolds said.

"The Birmingham team is very competitive and so it wasn't a walkover for us. It is just that we had a lot more determination and physically we had the edge over them," Reynolds said.

The head coach also praised Watson for her excellent display of shooting throughout the series.

"Watson is our main shooter and she has been doing a good job for us ... she has been very accurate and consistent with her shooting," Reynolds said.

The Jamaicans are scheduled to play England's Under-17 or Under-19 team today in their final match of the tour and Reynolds is expecting a good performance from her team.

"We are going out there with the same positive vibes and so we are expecting a positive result," Reynolds said.

"We are expecting a much tougher game from them, they are a more advanced team than us.

"They are also bigger than us, but our girls are ready to give a good account of themselves," said Reynolds.

The young netballers are scheduled to return to the island tomorrow.