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Jamaica need more patience, coach says

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/09/2016 Cathy Walshe

Jamaican netball coach Minneth Reynolds is looking for more patience from her young team as they look to regroup following Sunday's 72-34 mauling by the Silver Ferns in Nelson.

The Sunshine Girls were always going to struggle in the absence of their two main strike weapons, 1.95m-plus shooters Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

But Reynolds is only too aware that Jamaica need to look to the future, and she sees the current three-Test series against New Zealand as an important part of the rebuilding process.

At last year's Netball World Cup in Sydney, the world No.4 Jamaicans pushed the second-ranked Silver Ferns hard, leading 27-24 at halftime before the Kiwis finished strongly for a 55-48 win.

They were a shadow of that team in Nelson, struggling to find their shooters, or stop the stream of ball into New Zealand's circle.

Reynolds saw enough to give her hope for the next two games in Palmerston North on Wednesday and Rotorua on Saturday.

"When they were on the ball, when they were very patient, it worked best for them but they need to be more consistent with that," she said.

"We knew we didn't have those tall shooters with us and it would be a bit of a challenge for us, but I think we were a bit impatient in working the ball in when we got into our attacking third."

Reynolds wasn't scared to use her bench on Sunday, with all but one of her players earning court time as she looked to test her newcomers under pressure.

"Six of the girls we've taken here with us didn't play in the last world championships - it's a rebuilding time, so we're trying as much as possible to use the bench because we want them to get that international exposure."

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