General attitude of the girls encouraging -Fernandes
National Coach of the Guyana female hockey team Phillip Fernandes in a telephone conversation with Kaieteur Sport yesterday said that the general attitude of the girls during training so far have been encouraging.
Fernandes, who has been in charge of the ladies for a couple of years disclosed that the focus this week will be to evaluate individual players with the intention of reducing the squad to the required size.
“Since we came together, we’ve been doing a lot of tactical work, that is trying to ensure that players know what to do in certain situations which very often make the difference between scoring a goal or even conceding one,” Fernandes informed.
The former national captain revealed that he has now shifted gears and will focus on improving the technical skills, the fitness level and mental readiness of the players as they intensify preparations for the upcoming Caribbean Cup Tournament scheduled to be played from June 22-29 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Fernandes said he plans to take them through a lot of fitness drills to measure their readiness as well as hopefully get in a few practice matches which will serve to give him a clearer picture of how they’re responding to what is being taught during the sessions.
“I need to reduce the squad shortly so that I can begin to centre on the final composition of the team.”
Those who were invited include: Alysa Xavier, Tonza Sarrabo, Natalie Hing, Tracey Atkinson, Trisha Woodroffe, Sonia Gordon, Tiffany Solomon, Vanessa Pires, Wendy Boodhoo, Vashema Bourne, Tricia Fiedtkou, Marzena Fiedtkou, Thalia Fiedtkou, Makini Harry, Marisha Rodrigues, Sonia Jardine, Maria Munroe, Chantelle Fernandes, Cora Towler, Amanda Garnett, Brennette Gordon, Ulrica Sutherland, Carol Caine, Gabriella Xavier, Dominique DeGroot, Kerensa Fernandes, Avonda James.
Meanwhile, weather permitting the long anticipated start of the John Fernandes Insurance Second Division Competition is expected to occur this weekend.
According to Fernandes, the tournament had to be push back due to the inclement weather.