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No World Cup spot is guaranteed – Anderson

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:13 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

National senior netball team head coach Marvette Anderson says none of the country’s overseas-based players are guaranteed a spot on Jamaica’s team to this year’s International Netball Federation World Cup tournament, which will be held in Liverpool, England, from July 12-21.

Anderson said the local players are highly skilled, and therefore, any of them can be selected for the trip to England.

“These local-based players are here not due to the fact that they couldn’t have been overseas, but they are here for different reasons. Persons have school and persons have other commitments,” Anderson said.

“Any one of these players could ply their trade overseas, so they are okay with matching up with what is happening on the international scene. Being overseas doesn’t guarantee you a spot on the team, but it is a plus for you, with the fact that you are playing overseas competitively with the best in the world.”

Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams, Nicole Dixon, Vangelee Williams and Adean Thomas are among the local players who are in the island training.

Shooters Jhaniele Fowler, Romelda Aiken and defenders Malysha Kelly, Shamera Sterling and Kadie-Ann Dehaney are the overseas Sunshine Girls players.

Anderson said the Girls have been working very hard to improve on their fitness in training.

“Our fitness is of utmost importance because that is where the game is going to be won, so that is our main focus at the moment, our fitness, as well as some tactical manoeuvre of the game,” she said. “Everybody is working on what needs to be worked on, regardless of the fact that some of us are here and some are overseas.

“It is very important when you play a game as fast as netball; your fitness levels have to be right up there.”

The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked third in the world behind Australia and New Zealand, finished fourth at the last Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, in 2015.

But Anderson said once the girls do the right things on the day, they should be on the podium in England.