Sunshine Girls tackle Grenada at regional champs
JAMAICA'S No 4-ranked Sunshine Girls will tackle Grenada today in their second match at this year's Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Senior Championships being held at the Jean Pierre Complex in Trinidad and Tobago.
The team, which arrived in the twin-island republic on Thursday, is headed by captain Nadine Bryan and includes Shamera Sterling, Kasey Evering, Jhaneile Fowler, Sabrina Spence, Anna-Kaye Griffiths, Vanessa Walker, Kimone Tulloch, Patricia McCalla, Vangalee Williams, Malysha Kelly, and Sasha-Gaye Lynch.
The Jamaicans, who opened their campaign yesterday against St Lucia, last held the title in 2008 but did not compete in subsequent years because of inadequate funding.
The Girls will face Guyana tomorrow, Canada on the 17th, Barbados on the 19th, USA on the 20th and hosts and defending champions Trinidad and Tobago on the 21st.
"The ladies know that the Jamaica prides itself on being champions of the Caribbean and that every team will be bringing their 'A' game to play them," said Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) president Marva Bernard.
"They are a young team and the coach will be using this series for a number for experiences that she wants them to have. Expectations are high. They are ready," Bernard declared.
The Jamaicans, as well as other participating teams, were part of a candlelight ceremony held at the match venue yesterday.
The St Lucian squad is trained by former Jamaica captain and coach Connie Francis.