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Aiken to strengthen Sunshine Girls

Published:Tuesday | July 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Minette Reynolds, head coach of Jamaica's Sunshine Girls, said the arrival of ace shooter Romelda Aiken is a major boost for her team as they continue their preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 25-year-old Aiken arrived in the island yesterday from Australia where she partici-pated in the ANZ Champion-ships, which was also played in New Zealand.

Aiken, who is regarded as one of the top shooters in the world, led the Queensland Firebirds to the final of this year's championships, where they lost out to the Melbourne Vixens.

"It is good for us to have her back because she plays at both ends of the court as well as in wing attack," said Reynolds. "The last (World) Fast5 that we went to we also used her at wing attack and she didn't play too badly for us."

Reynolds added: "She has played with most of these girls when we were preparing for the Fast5 last year and she won't have any problems adapting to our system. She will certainly boost the team's morale leading up to the Commonwealth Games."

Aiken's arrival's comes a day ahead of Netball Jamaica's announcement of the 12-members squad for the Com-monwealth Games.

Reynolds noted that it is going to be a very hard decision for her coaching staff to reduce the current squad of 17 players to 12.

"It will be disappointing for some who don't make the final 12, but such is it because it's a team sport and we only can choose 12 players," Reynolds said.

"All the girls have given a good account of themselves in training and so there will be disappointment, but such is life," Reynolds pointed out.

"It is going to be very difficult to select 12 players because these are players that, on any given day, they can represent the country well," she reasoned.