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Hard work will take Sunshine Girls to next level

— says departing McIntosh

BY RUDDY ALLEN

Thursday, August 14, 2014    

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TECHNICAL director for Netball Jamaica, Australian Jill McIntosh, will depart the island tomorrow to return home, but will be back to beef up the Sunshine Girls' 2015 schedule.

The former Australian coach and player, McIntosh, says she treasures every moment spent working with the Sunshine Girls.

"It has been enjoyable working with the Sunshine Girls. They are a very good bunch of women... they are very great athletes and they are fun to be around," she said.

"They have worked really hard and sacrificed a lot. They have given up a lot with their families, and come next year, hopefully they will keep on improving in their games when I return," McIntosh added.

McIntosh, who was on a five-month stint with Netball Jamaica, said the Commonwealth Games bronze medal came at the right stage in the girls' development as netball players.

"The bronze medal came at the right time in the girls' development and that was what we planned for - to be on the podium when the games are over - but I believe there is so much more to come from these girls.

"I believe the younger ones, who never experienced Commonwealth Games before, will now realise what we are talking about and how tough the oppositions are, so next time they will have the experience and how to put in that little more effort," McIntosh told the Jamaica Observer at a function held in her honour on Tuesday night at the Netball House in St Andrew.

The 58-year-old McIntosh said that it will take a lot of hard work for the Sunshine Girls to reach the top, but with her experience, they will achieve that goal.

The Australian noted that silver and gold are not beyond the Jamaicans, all they need to achieve higher is to "work a lot harder".

"They are not far away from the silver and certainly not far away from the gold medal, but it is going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifices and a lot of dedication and that is what we are going to focus on," she ended.

Meanwhile, Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard said she enjoyed working with McIntosh and that she will be missed.

"It was an experience in determination. She (Jill) always say 'never say never' and 'never can't be done' as she wanted to show us that we can do better than we think we are. She is a professional when she is working, she knows how to get the girls to do their best at all times.

"Jill along with Minneth (Reynolds), Roy (Thomas) [and] the rest of Netball Jamaica have impacted tremendously on the girls' performances. The team loves Jill and she will surely be missed," Bernard noted.

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