Top local netball coach Winston Nevers says if the Sunshine Girls intend to get on par with world champions Australia and number two New Zealand, there are three areas they must work on. The many-time national champion coach said the Jamaicans’ shortcomings at the just-concluded Netball World Cup in Australia, where they finished fourth and without a medal, were glaring, and they must reinforce these three areas if they are serious about making that next step. “They need to work on three areas. They need to work on the height in the mid court; we need to be uniform right across the court, not only in the defensive and the shooting area, but we need to have height in our mid court,” he stressed of the Sunshine Girls, who were beaten 66-44 by England in the bronze-medal match at the Netball World Cup at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, yesterday. need to shoot “Then we need to start shooting as we get inside the circle. If you look at the other teams, as they get one pass inside the circle, they shoot. We make three and four passes inside the circle, and then shoot right underneath the post. But we don’t have to go underneath the post to shoot,” he insisted. “Their percentage of converted passes in the circle and the percentage of winning the ball is higher than ours because we make more passes (in the shooting arc), and they make less passes. So we need to work on distant shooting inside the circle,” he added. The Sunshine Girls’ biggest downfall against the major teams was their inability to stay focused and maintain their standard of play for four quarters. The women play for three quarters, but always have a bad period (mainly the third quarter) from which they mostly never recover. Nevers emphasised the need for the team to concentrate for the entire game. “We need to work on our concentration level, because we are not concentrating right through a 60-minute match. “When I went into the national programme that was what I was going to work on, especially the concentration and the shooting, but I only spent three weeks. But if we had worked on those three areas, we could have beaten them (big teams),” he commented.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers had a successful weekend after a home-and-home series against the Peace River Sabres.The Bantam Flyers were the ones to strike first in Saturday’s game in Peace River. Noah Lang opened the scoring for the Flyers on the power play just past the five minute mark of the first period, assisted by John Herrington and Lee Kurtis. Nathan Brownlee added some insurance for Fort St. John with seven minutes left in the opening frame, Lang getting the assist.Herrington scored unassisted 5:17 into the second period, but Peace River had an answer just fourteen seconds later to make it a 3-1 game. Lang added his second of the game a few minutes later to keep the Bantam Flyers’ lead at three goals assisted by Jaydon Viens and Brandon Modde.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Flyers’ three goal lead ended up leading to a bit of complacency. Peace River got to within two early in the third before Hunter Brown scored just shy of the thirteen minute mark assisted by Justin Brownlee. Peace River’s Blake Anderson then scored a pair of quick unassisted goals within a two minute span to get a hat-trick and nearly force a tie against the Flyers, but Fort St. John shut the door to get the win 5-4.On Sunday, it was all Flyers in the first period. John Herrington, Duncan Ross, and Daric McDonall all scored unassisted early in the frame, while Owen Floriant and Noah Lang each assisted on goals by Hunter Brown and Nathan Brownlee to give Fort St. John a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes.Devan Minard scored in the second frame, and Noah Lang added a seventh goal in the third to give Fort St. John the 7-3 win on home ice.Advertisement The Bantam Flyers play their final home game of 2016 this Sunday at the Pomeroy Sports Centre at 1:45 against Grande Prairie, before heading to the EBIT Edmonton Bantam Invitational Tournament starting on Dec.27.On another note, Nathan Brownlee was selected to represent the Fort St. John Flyers in the ERBHL All Star Game in Beaumont, Alberta on December 17th.