Sunshine Girls receive big boost from Tru-Juice ahead of World Cup
Beverage manufacturer Tru-Juice has come out in support of Jamaica's senior women's netball team, the Sunshine Girls, providing $500,000 to the team currently in England preparing for the15th Netball World Cup (NWC) set to be held in the port city of Liverpool, from July 12-21.
Tru-Juice Brand manager Lauren Mahfood said the company recognized the importance of supporting sporting endeavours, and the netball team in particular.
Mahfood said, “the Sunshine Girls, as confirmed by the latest rankings, have consistently been a powerhouse in the sport, and we at Tru-Juice are happy to enable them to have the opportunity to show their mettle again at the Netball World Cup, the biggest stage for the sport internationally. We are confident they will again do the nation proud and wish them every success.”
Netball Jamaica Director and former national captain, Simone Forbes said the association was elated by the news of the Tru-Juice support. “When we heard of the decision by Tru-Juice, we were actually jumping for joy, because although the team is already in England, we simply don’t have sufficient funds to meet all their expenses, so this is well-needed, and we certainly thank Tru-Juice for this sponsorship."
Forbes added that the funds will be put towards outfitting the team in non-match gear for training and other offsite appearances as well as to other miscellaneous charges while in Liverpool.
In the latest annual rankings released by the International Netball Federation (INF), inclusive of matches up to June 30, Jamaica's Sunshine Girls are now the world's number two ranked team, inching up from number three ahead of the tournament.
The Sunshine Girls overtook hosts England to claim second-place behind Australia, with New Zealand and South Africa rounding off the top five.
The tournament starts with 16 teams competing in four round-robin groups.
The top three teams in Group A and B will move through to play in Group F, while the top three sides in Group C and D will move into Group G.
The bottom team from each group in the first preliminary stage will go into Group E and will play off for places 13 to 16.
Teams finishing first and second in groups F and G will go through to the semi-finals on 20 July, with the top-placed team in each group facing the second team in the other group.
The winners of each semi-final will compete for gold in the final, with the losers playing for bronze and the other remaining teams will compete for final placings from fifth to 16th.
Jamaica will play out of Group C alongside South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Fiji.
The Sunshine Girls open their campaign on Friday against Fiji.
World Cup best: 3rd, 1991, 2003, 2007.
SQUAD: Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Kadie-ann Dehaney, Nicole Dixon, Stacian Facey, Jhaniele Fowler (c), Rebekah Robinson, Shamera Sterling, Adean Thomas, Jodiann Ward, Khadijah Williams, Vangalee Williams.
Coaches: Marvette Anderson and Sasher Gaye-Henry.