A strong start was the key to the victory of the Sunshine Girls over England at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Thursday night.

Sunshine Girls assistant coach Winston Nevers said experimenting with a new style of play was a major contributing factor to the manner in which the team defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Girls 51-40 to win their two-match series on Tuesday night.

Despite watching Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls pull off a comprehensive 21-point win over the Calypso Girls on Sunday night at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica’s assistant coach Winston Nevers believes the team were poor in the first half of the match.

Improved rankings and getting his players exposed to higher standards of play are among the objectives set out by head coach Wesley Gomes when Trinidad and Tobago take on Jamaica in the first of two matches this weekend.

The captain of the Trinidad and Tobago netball team, Rhonda John-Davis, is describing this weekend’s series against Jamaica as an opportunity to test itself as it continues to build towards the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool, England.

The Jamaican government has contributed US$15,000 (J$2million) to Netball Jamaica towards the staging of the Sunshine Series which tips off at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday, October 7.

Caribbean champions Jamaica have been drawn in Group C along with Trinidad and Tobago for the International Netball Federation World Cup in Liverpool, England next year. 

Jamaican defender Shamera Sterling has been named a Gilbert Brand Ambassador.

Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is set to be playing with the West Coast Fever in Australia’s Suncorp Championship for the next three years. 

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association Pat Butcher said winning the AFNA Netball Championships in Barbados on Sunday is a sign that the team is on its way back to the top of the world rankings.

Jamaica international Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has been named as the Suncorp Super Netball Player of the Year following an outstanding season for the West Coast Fever.

Marva Bernard, the newly elected president of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA), says amendments to the federation’s constitution and improving coaching and umpiring standards in the region are among the more immediate targets on her agenda.

Jamaican star shooter Jhaniele-Fowler Reid fell just short of delivering a title for West Coast Fever in her first season in the Suncorp Super Netball league, after losing 62-59 to Sunshine Coast Lightning in the grand final at Perth Arena.

Whatever happens in the final of the Suncorp Super Netball League this weekend, Jamaica’s Jhanielle Fowler-Reid will end the season as the league’s leading scorer.

Legendary New Zealand netballer Irene Van Dyk has admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the number of male participants involved in an ongoing coaching workshop.

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