Jamaica Gleaner / Interim coach of the Sunshine Girls Sasher-Gaye Henry is confident that the team can achieve a podium finish at the October 28-29 Fast5 Netball Championships in Australia.
The Sunshine Girls, who are scheduled to leave the island today, have been boosted by the return of ace goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler, who missed last year’s tournament due to personal reasons. The experienced pair of Malysha Kelly and Paula Thompson are also in the touring party.
“They are going to be big assets to the team as they are very experienced and understand the game,” said Henry. “This is good for us because they will help the younger ones,” she added.
Jamaica were fifth last year, and Henry is looking forward to a better performance.
“We always want to be on the podium, and so that is where we are aiming for this year,” Henry said.
Henry and Marvette Anderson were appointed interim coaches in August, following the resignation of head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken in July.
Jamaica open against South Africa in the two-day tournament on Saturday and will also face Australia and Malawi on the same day.
Henry added that the team has done a lot of hard work in training, and so they are very focused on giving a good account of themselves at the championships.
“We have done our best as coaches, and the players did their simulation games, and so we are just waiting to compete and build on all of what we have been working on in practice,” said Henry.
The Sunshine Girls squad includes newcomer Rebekah Robinson, along with Shimona Nelson, a member of the Jamaica Under-21 team that participated in this year’s World Youth Championships in Botswana.
The other members of the squad are Stacian Facey, Vangelee Williams, Shanice Beckford, Adean Thomas, and Khadijah Williams.