Stung coach offers excuses   

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Under-fire head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken has blamed a lack of proper preparation, bad timing and the unavailability of the best players for the Sunshine Girls shock 1-1 draw in the the three-Test series against Barbados.

Ranked fourth in the world, the hosts started as heavy favourites but were held to a 44-44 tie in the opener last Friday, won the second two days later 40-34 before crashing to a stunning 43-41 defeat in Monday’s finale at the National Arena.

McCracken, in her first series after taking over the post in March, said the side did not have the ideal build-up in preparation for the outings.

“I didn’t know much about the Barbados team at all, and there is very little footage around and, so you can’t even see them,” Allison-McCracken told the Gleaner.

“The only thing that I could do was to prepare the team that I had as well I could in the little time we had.

“I like to have two to three months [preparation time] leading up to a competition. You can phase it, you can make sure that you have nothing else in the way and you can focus on your netball, so that you can peak as a cohesive team at the right moment.”

The build-up to the series was marred by controversy after Allison-McCracken fell out with three key senior players – Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Nicole Dixon – and subsequently dismissed them from the training squad.

Their absences left the Sunshine Girls short of experience with the world-rated likes of Romelda Aiken, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock all unvailable.

Allison-McCracken said the series had arrived at an inpropriate time especially with some members of the squad taking exams on Monday.

“There were all sort of things going around … some of them had exams [Monday]. It was just not the right time [for the series],” the Englishwoman lamented.

She continued: “I didn’t have the team that I needed at this time because a lot of the Jamaica’s first team are out or off the island, but there are maybe some things that I could have done differently.

“It is tough at the top here, and so I am going to have to take the pressure, and I am going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

Monday’s victory over Jamaica’s senior team was the first for the World number 12-ranked Barbados in 33 years.

Source: (CMC)

2 Responses to Stung coach offers excuses   

  1. Lauriston Applewhaite
    Lauriston Applewhaite May 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    They think that they are God’s. They lose and they didn’t prepare.

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  2. Helicopter(8P) May 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    JA yuh get knock up by Bim now accept it and lick your sores! You did not see us in the New York pool for a few years so you under estimated the Bimshire girls could take you out. Its all about team carisma, swiftness and stamina and that’s just what happened! Peanut punch!

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