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The Jamaican senior netball team has ended a successful tour of the United Kingdom, drawing a three-match test series against the English team.
The Jamaican team, which won the first match in Newcastle, drew the second in Manchester and lost the third in Birmingham and will share the tour cup with the home side. The Jamaican team also won their two warm up matches against the English and Welsh’ under 21 teams.
“It was a good tour in the sense that we drew the series although we could have won, but there are lessons to be learnt,” said Jamaican coach Janet Guy.She told JIS News that the tour was beneficial as, “everyone got a taste of what it is like to play in a test series and hopefully, they would have gained from the experience and move on”.
Team captain Oberon Pitterson said the test against England was part of the Jamaican team’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games in March. Jamaica was the bronze medallist (after beating England) at the Manchester Games in 2002.
“It was a good series to see where we are in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. It was a good experience; I am proud of the team although it was a bit disappointing for some of us senior players (that we did not win outright. However it’s good, because it makes us not get too comfortable so we will go back and work harder,” Pitterson added.
“It’s really a benchmark to see where we are and what we have to do,” agreed Coach Guy, noting that Jamaica and England were keen rivals and that England had not beaten Jamaica in a test series since 1999.
Ms. Guy also said the focus over the next few weeks would be on the under 21 team, which is ranked second in the world, as they would be competing in the Under 21 Championships in Florida. The Jamaican team will also be focusing on other test series including one against Australia later this year.
Notwithstanding the success of the Jamaican netball team, sponsorships remains an issue and Ms. Guy noted that despite some corporate support, more sponsorship was needed to keep the national programme on track.