Monday 15 July, 2019

We could be suffering from low sugar, claims T&T netball coach

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls leave the court after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 51-40 in second match of their two-game netball series at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Jamaica won the series 2-0. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls leave the court after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 51-40 in second match of their two-game netball series at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Jamaica won the series 2-0. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Trinidad and Tobago’s netball coach, Wesley Gomes, is trying to find reasons for his team poor third-quarter performance that led to them losing the second and final test 51-40 against Jamaica on Tuesday at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

The visitors lost the series 2-0.

Like they did in the first match on Sunday, which they won 61-40, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls on Tuesday night rallied after a close first half, which ended 28-28 to separate themselves in the third quarter.

Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago netball series

Gomes dismissed fitness as a factor for Trinidad and Tobago’s performance, but said the third-quarter performance is a worrying trend for the administrators of netball in the twin-island republic.

Gomes said, “it isn’t a matter of fitness. Even in the AFNA tournaments, it is something that always happened to us. We will probably have to look at it scientifically as it could be that we are suffering from low sugar. I don’t know.

“The New Zealand team, the English team, the Jamaica team are chewing gummy bears at the end of the second quarter, so we will have to look at it.

“I thought we had a pretty good game. It was 28-28 at the half and the same thing happened in the first match, as we came out a little flat in the third quarter again, but I am pleased with the overall performance."

Jamaica's coach Marvette Anderson believes the Sunshine Girls showed character in the second half to take apart Trinidad defensively.

She said the series has given the coaching staff the opportunity to try new things on the court and optimism for the future.

Anderson said, “I think we won the game defensively, the defenders really stood up. The shooting was good also especially in the second half but overall it was a team effort.

“We wanted to have a look at the ladies in this series to see what they have to offer, the different combinations. We were able to see that and how well they played under pressure and now we have a great idea of what we can get out of these ladies."

Shanice Beckford led the Sunshine Girls with  29 goals from 36 attempts. Shantal  Slater supported with 13 from 16 and Thristina Harwood, nine from 14.

For Trinidad and Tobago,Samantha Wallace had 28 from 33, Kalifa McCollins, nine from 11 and Tahirah Hollingsworth, three from five.

The Sunshine Girls will now turn their attention to England, which they will engage in a three-test series starting on Thursday with the second match on Saturday and the third on Monday.

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