Guyana ready for AFNA Netball Championship in T&T
Guyana’s National Senior Netball team yesterday afternoon departed Guyana to take part in the Americas Federation Netball Association (AFNA) Netball Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain.
The Championship which runs from July 14th-21st will see eleven female players representing Guyana against Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, USA, Grenada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Canada and Barbados at the
Jean Pierre Center.
National Netball Coach, Lavern Fraser-Thomas revealing that it is the first engagement for Guyana in the Tournament, which is sponsored by AFNA, stated that the team is ready to field their skills in the Twin Island despite being dissatisfied with the training sessions, “It been a number of years the team (Guyana) have not participated at this level of competition,” the coach stated.
Fraser-Thomas dissatisfaction with the team’s training session was because the team, according to her was unable to access the facilities, National Gymnasium and Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) which the Guyana Netball Association (GNA) was given permission for, “I am not totally satisfied with the sessions as the team was unable to acquire full uses of the National Gymnasium and Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, so most of our preparations were hampered.”
Despite all of the factors which hindered the team preparation, Fraser-Thomas believes that the team will give a good account of themselves given the fact of the exposure the team have, “Most of the players were exposed to International level of the sport but most being U-16 tournaments,” she added.
The squad which attended the opening ceremony last evening, Adel Chalmers (Captain), Robin Thomas (Vice Captain), Shonette Estwrick, Sherika Estwrick, Tasnica Lovell, Simona Fanfair, Renae Anderson, Angeline McCarthy, Margaret Cipio, Natisha Fordyce and Gracelyn Lewis will be in action today against Trinidad and Tobago in Court 1 from 5:30 pm at the Centre.