SOUTH AFRICA netballers have retired from a Caribbean tri-series that would have featured hosts Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
Instead, T & T’s Calypso Girls will face Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls and Jamaica’s national men’s team after the South African women later withdrew from the series.
Meanwhile, the Calypso Girls continue to love the Margaret Beckford Sunshine Series, which will take place October 16-20 at the National Indoor Sports Center, Jamaica.
T&T is now coached by Althea McCollin and has not played since the 2019 World Netball Championship. The team consists of a mix of experienced players and young players. Among those looking forward to the series is co-captain Kalifa McCollin, the former professional from England, New Zealand and Australia.
“I’m extremely excited and looking forward to being out there and playing representing Trinidad and Tobago,” said McCollin in a series of brief interviews published by netballtrinbago.
Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica are both using the Sunshine Series in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2023 World Netball Championship.
To compensate for the fact that the Sunshine Girls do not make it to number 5 in the world rankings in South Africa, the Sunshine Girls will meet the third-placed Vitality Roses from England in a three-game netball Vitality Roses Reunited Series in England in November and December.
Subject to travel restrictions, Connie Francis-coached Jamaica will face England in their first game on Sunday 28 November at the Copper Box Arena in London. Games two and three will be played on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, 2021 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
Samantha Wallace (Captain), Kalifa McCollin (Captain), Jameela McCarthy, Afeisha Noel, Oprah Douglas, Tia Bruno, Janeisha Cassimy, Destiny Williams, Shaquanda Greene-Noel, Aneicia Baptiste, Crystal Ann George, Jeresia McEachrane.