‘We had a really good series’ - Fowler expresses satisfaction with Jamaica’s dominating displays

October 21, 2021
Jamaica’s goal defence, Kadian Dehaney (right) and centre Adean Thomas (second left) challenge for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago’s wing attack Crystal George (second right during the third and final match in the three-match Sunshine Series, at the National Indoor Sports Centre last night. Looking on are Jamaica’s wing defence, Shadian Hemmings (centre) and Trinidad and Tobago’s centre, Destiny Williams. Jamaica’ won 73-22.
Jamaica’s goal defence, Kadian Dehaney (right) and centre Adean Thomas (second left) challenge for the ball with Trinidad and Tobago’s wing attack Crystal George (second right during the third and final match in the three-match Sunshine Series, at the National Indoor Sports Centre last night. Looking on are Jamaica’s wing defence, Shadian Hemmings (centre) and Trinidad and Tobago’s centre, Destiny Williams. Jamaica’ won 73-22.

Sunshine Girls captain, Jhaniele Fowler, said she is very proud after her team defeated Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago 73-22 at the National Indoor Sports Centre last night, to complete a 3-0 sweep in their Sunshine Test series.

The Jamaicans, who are ranked fourth in the world, defeated the Calypso Girls by more than 30 goals in every game of the series.

Fowler, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the series, told STAR Sports that she was also happy with her achievements in the tournament.

"I think that I had a really good series and I did my best out there and so I am happy that we won this series," said Fowler, whose team is preparing to face England in a three-Test series next month in London.

"We had good performances, but we had some lulls during the series and so we have some work to do and we are just going to go back and work on these things," she said.

Fowler only played the first three quarters of the match and led the Sunshine Girls' scoring with 41 goals from 46 attempts. She received good support from Shanice Beckford, with 13 goals from 17 tries, Gezelle Allison, 10 from 14 and Rebekah Robinson, nine from 13.

Jamaica's head coach, Connie Francis, said she was proud of her team's performance throughout the series.

"It was fantastic," said Francis. "I tried to come out of the box because we tried multiple combinations and the girls just raised the bar and I am so proud of their efforts, especially the defending players. They looked fantastic."

Trinidad and Tobago's captain, Kalifa McCollin, top-scored with 14 goals from 17 tries. Afeisha Noel was their other main scorer, with seven goal from nine tries.

The visiting team's coach, Althea McCollin, said they have benefited from the series.

"I am not feeling depressed in relation to where the team is at because we are growing as a young team and we have learnt a lot and we are going back home to work on our strengths and weaknesses," said McCollin.

The Sunshine Girls, who are preparing for next year's Commonwealth Games, outplayed the Trinidadians in every area of the court as they romped to a 17-7 lead at the end of the first period.

The Jamaican defensive unit, which comprises of Shamera Sterling, Shadian Hemmings and Latania Wilson, were a thorn for the Trinidadian attackers throughout the series and in the second period, limited them to three goals, while they outscored their opponents 23-3 for a 40-10 lead at half-time.

Fowler scored 27 of the team's 40 goals in the first half, while Beckford netted the other 13. Jamaica dominated on all fronts in the third period and stretched their advantage to 57-15.

Fowler was replaced by Gezelle Allison at the start of the fourth quarter, but that did not slow down the Jamaicans, who ran out comprehensive winners.

robert.bailey@gleanerjm.com

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