Netball coaches in a rush to get certified

President of IFNA Molly Rhone (right) listens to an exchange between Netball Jamaica
President Marva Bernard (centre) and Christopher Smart, one of the first graduates of the
Netball Jamaica/UTech Coaching School.

TWENTY-ONE local coaches started the third Netball Jamaica/UTech Level One Coaching Course Saturday morning at the University of Technology, the highest number to register for any of the three courses so far. Marva Bernard, president of Netball Jamaica, who addressed the opening ceremony, said as o ... Read More

Scotia on top in Business House Netball Leagues
SCOTIABANK 'A' look unstoppable as they have won all their seven matches in the 2014 Business House ... Read More

The Queen’s begin defence of junior, senior league netball titles today
DEFENDING champions the Queen's begin their defence of both the Junior and Senior League titles as t ... Read More

(L-R) GRIFFITHS… took a leave of
absence after the 2011
Netball World Champs. FORBES… retired from
national duty after being
banned for a drug violation Forbes, Griffiths back with Sunshine Girls team
It is now official. According to Karen Anderson, the general manager of Netball Jamaica, Simone Forb ... Read More

Florida-based sports extravaganza for J'can alumni a success — organisers

By Sean Williams | Thursday, September 04, 2014    

Members of the victorious Mannings High School team pose with
their trophies after winning the JHSASN football competition.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Organisers of the annual South Florida-based Jamaica High School Alumni Sports Network (JHSASN) sports extravaganza have deemed this year's event a success. President of the non-profit group, Lavern Deer, said the growth of the event was noted in almost every area, and was quick to point out that last weekend's staging was indeed the best-ever in its six years. "Yes, it was a success as we have seen an increase in the number of teams. We saw an increase in spec ... Read More

Former Sunshine Girl Nadine Ffrench keeps netball fire burning in Florida

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor | Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

FFRENCH… if I stayed
back and do nothing,
then nothing will
happen, so I decided
to get involved

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The sun has surely not gone down on former Sunshine Girl Nadine Ffrench, who remains a shining example on and off the netball court. She may no longer be playing in the national Jamaican colours, but she is making her mark in Florida, which incidentally is known as the Sunshine State. Therefore, she could still be considered a Sunshine Girl depending on how one looks at it. The former national goalkeeper and defender is charting a course in Florida as she is pl ... Read More

Serbian dumps Wimbledon champ Kvitova from US Open

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot against
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their women’s singles thirdround
match on Day Six of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean
King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the
Queens borough of New York City, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

NEW YORK, USA (AFP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit the US Open in the first week when she was knocked out by Serbian world number 145 Aleksandra Krunic yesterday. But there were no such problems for men's top seed Novak Djokovic and eighth-seeded Andy Murray, both former champions in New York, who remained on course for a mouth-watering quarter-final showdown. Five-time women's champion Serena Williams was also a comfortable winner, racking up her ... Read More

Region needs upgrade, says BNA president

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Jill McIntosh (right) poses for a picture with Shanice Beckford, Jamaica's MVP at the Commonwealth Games,
at a function at the Netball House in St Andrew on Tuesday night. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados' top netball official hopes the appointment of a regional director and an increased international playing schedule, can help raise the overall standard of the game in the Caribbean. Barbados finished second to eventual champions Trinidad and Tobago in the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Championships in Calgary, Canada, which concluded on Monday. And while Barbados secured qualification for next year's Netball World Cup in Sydney, ... Read More

Bethel Town Strikers win Noranda Bauxite Trophy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014    

Lance Neita (centre), Public Relations Consultant for Noranda, presents the Championship trophy to the Bethel Town Strikers
netball team after they beat the Brown's Town Masters on Sunday to win the 2014 St Ann Netball Association competition.
Coach Rusheed Josephs is at right.

BETHEL Town Strikers won the 2014 Noranda Bauxite Trophy for the senior division of the St Ann Netball Association parish tournament in the final played on Sunday. Bethel Town defeated Brown’s Town Masters 36- 31 in a close encounter at the Port Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay. The winning team received $80,000 courtesy of Noranda, sponsors of the parish-wide competition. Twelve teams competed in the competition which commenced on Sunday, June 16. Glasgow Youth Club defeated Eltham ... Read More

Hard work will take Sunshine Girls to next level

BY RUDDY ALLEN | Thursday, August 14, 2014    

Jill McIntosh (right) poses for a picture with Shanice Beckford, Jamaica's MVP at the Commonwealth Games,
at a function at the Netball House in St Andrew on Tuesday night. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

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 ... Read More

Sky Liners win Insports Portland Credit Union netball

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Portland Credit Union Marketing Manager Anthony Morrison (right) presenting the winning trophy to members of the Sky Liners team, as Insports Portland
officer Sharon Harris (left) shares in the occasion. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Sky Liners were crowned Insports Portland Credit Union netball champions on Saturday after defeating Reich 29-14 at the Port Antonio Craft Village to take the championship trophy and $50,000 in prize money and medals. The team's goal attack Terri-Ann Jones was also adjudged the competition's most valuable player. Reich, the runners-up for the second time, received $25,000 and medals, while Flawless, who were third, got $10,000 and medals for their effort. Anthon ... Read More

Refurbished $23-m Leila Robinson Netball Courts opened

BY RUDDY ALLEN | Friday, August 08, 2014    

Natalie Neita-Headley (fifth left), minister with responsibility for sport, on the newly refurbished Leila Robinson Netball Courts yesterday with Netball Jamaica
President Marva Bernard (centre), Sunshine Girl head coach Minneth Reynolds (left) and technical director Jill McIntosh (right), along with players (from
second left) Stacian Facey, Vangelee Williams, Shanice Beckford, Jhanielle Fowler-Reid, Romelda Aiken, Khadijah Williams, Tristina Harwood, Nicole Aiken-
Pinnock and Malysha Kelly. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

THE Leila Robinson Netball Courts, completely refurbished with synthetic playing surface to the tune of $23 million, was officially opened yesterday by minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley. However, the seating facility is yet to be completed. Neita-Headley, in officially opening the courts at the Independence Park Complex, expressed gratitude to the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) for its effort in providing the world-class surface for the count ... Read More

Bronze, an Independence gift to Ja — Bernard

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Thursday, August 07, 2014    

Netball Jamaica
President Marva
Bernard (second
left) and members
of the Sunshine
Girls team peruse
last Monday’s
edition of the Daily
Observer featuring
them celebrating
their bronze medal
victory over
England inside the
Hydro Arena in
Glasgow, Scotland,
shortly after
arriving at the
Airport, yesterday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of Netball Jamaica Marva Bernard says the bronze medal won by the Sunshine Girls at the recent Commonwealth Games in a heart-stopping, third-place play-off match against England in Glasgow is an Independence present for Jamaica. "Every Independence we have brought a present and this year is no different. Last year (at) the World Youth we came with a present; this year we have brought a present. They did it for their country, their families, Netball Jamaic ... Read More

It tastes so good!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014    

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls take a bite out of their bronze medals after the medal ceremony inside the Hydro Arena at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday. The Jamaican netballers had earlier defeated England 52-48 to secure their medals. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID, COURTESY OF SUPREME VENTURES, COURTS AND BEST DRESSED CHICKEN) Read More



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