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Francis looks to the future

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Francis looks to the future

Francis, who was entered as a player-coach on the match card because of the challenges, said that despite the heavy defeats on the court, they took solace in being able to bring in young players to see how well they adapted to the pace of the international game, but said that the fatigue ultimately doomed them as they played back-to-back games in a short period of time.

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After a ‘Test’ series against New Zealand that experienced turbulence in the build-up and lopsided defeats on the court, Jamaica national netball head coach Connie Francis is now looking to the future of her team while there are many questions about what went wrong logistically.

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The Sunshine Girls were outclassed by the Silver Ferns 75-35 yesterday in the final game of their revised two-match series in Auckland, New Zealand, winning the series 2-0 and claiming the Tani Jamison Trophy which was won by England last year.

New Zealand finished with a 96 per cent shooting accuracy. They were led by Maia Wilson who had 30 goals. The hosts led all the way with Jamaica only able to put up 13 points in the second half after training 36-22 at half-time.

The series was met with difficulties from the start as only seven players were available for selection for the first ‘Test’ because five players did not receive US visas to make the trip. That game was also lopsided as the team lost 70-45.

Francis, who was entered as a player-coach on the match card because of the challenges, said that despite the heavy defeats on the court, they took solace in being able to bring in young players to see how well they adapted to the pace of the international game, but said that the fatigue ultimately doomed them as they played back-to-back games in a short period of time.

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