Bryan named captain of Sunshine Girls

BY DANIA BOGLE Observer staff reporter

Friday, May 27, 2011

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NADINE Bryan was yesterday named captain of Jamaica's 12-member netball squad to the World Championships in Singapore in July.

Bryan, recognised as one of the best centre-court players in the world and a veteran of three World Championships, will lead debutantes Jhanielle Fowler, Anna-Kay Griffiths, Malysha Kelly, Kameika Sherwood, Kimone Tulloch and Jodi-Ann Ffrench Kentish, and veterans Sasher Gaye Henry (vice-captain), Nicole Aiken Pinnock, Althea Byfield, Romelda Aiken and Paula Thompson.

Former player Oberon Pitterson who was named head coach two weeks ago, will be assisted by Annett Daley.

The rest of the management staff includes team manager Hyacinth Beckford, Physiotherapist Maureen Spence-Campbell, team doctor Praimanand Singh, and Video Analyst and IFNA Congress delegate Antoinette Irons.

Bryan was aglow following yesterday's announcement.

"The entire team buys into this goal. If we want different results we're really going to have to do things differently," she said.

"We know it's not over yet, we have another month to go but we're willing to work and do all the necessary work," Bryan added.

Pitterson who has worked with the team consistently since her retirement as a mentor and sometime coach was happy with the composition of the squad heading into the WNC.

"I'm very confident," Pitterson stated.

"I'm sure they will handle it well. I think the group that is here is very solid. They have really built a chemistry. I think it can only get better."

"This is not about where we are now but where we want to go. We just want to do Jamaica proud," Pitterson said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, announced that the ministry would be providing $4 million to help fund the team's bill to Singapore.

"I know that's why so many sponsors come on board," Grange told Jamaica Netball Association president Marva Bernard.

"You're humble, but you know how to beg," she added in an obvious jab at Jamaica Football Federation president, captain Horace Burrell who has often publicly lambasted the minister's apparent lack of support of the national football programme.

The national netball squad leaves the island on June 26.

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