Fowler-Reid among high-powered Sunshine Girls additions

first_imgStar shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is among three players who have been added to the Jamaica Sunshine Girls team to this year’s Fast5 World Series, replacing Sherema Sterling, Shantal Slater, and Zonasha Hinds, who were denied US visas two weeks ago. Former captain Malysha Kelly and veteran player Paula Thompson are the other players who have been brought into the Sunshine Girls team for the tournament, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia , from October 28-29. Fowler-Reid had initially indicated to the Sunshine Girls coaching staff that she would only be available for the Caribbean Netball Championships and not the Fast5 Series as both tournaments would be held in the same month, which would have caused her to miss a number of classes at the Mico University College, where she is currently studying. However, the Caribbean tournament, which was scheduled for October 8-16 in St Lucia, was cancelled last month due to the unavailability of some of the teams, and Fowler-Reid has since indicated her willingness to represent the country in the Fast5 competition. Kelly and Thompson were also members of the squad preparing for the Caribbean Championships and not the Fast5 tournament. Communications director of Netball Jamaica, Wayne Lewis, said the addition of the three players would add a lot of strength and depth to the Sunshine Girls unit, who will be aiming to win the championships for the first time. “I think that with Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in our team, our chances must be better because she is an excellent player,” said Lewis. “She would have been there from the outset if she had made herself available, (but) she decided to play in the Caribbean Championships instead based on her school commitment,” he said. “It augers well for us because they are excellent players and they are very influential players in the team, and they have been around Jamaica’s netball for quite some time, so it can only put us in a much better position in terms of strengthening our team.Our expectations have been heightened going into the tournament,” Lewis added. Lewis also confirmed that Fowler-Reid would captain the Sunshine Girls team at the championships Down Under. “She accepted the challenge of leading the team to the Fast5, and we are very happy about that. She is very respected in the team, very influential, and the players look up to her a great deal, so we are quite happy that she will be there.”last_img read more

Shock! This defender has created more clear-cut chances than Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil and David Silva in the Premier League this season

first_img 3. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) has created five clear-cut chances 8 8 8 5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) has created four clear-cut chances 8 6. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) has created four clear-cut chances 8 8 2. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) has created five clear-cut chances 4. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) has created four clear-cut chances 8 8. Sadio Mane (Southampton) has created four clear-cut chances 7. Ross Barkley (Everton) has created four clear-cut chances 8 1. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) tops the list having created six clear-cut chances Statistics, from Opta, have revealed the top eight players to have created the most ‘clear-cut’ chances so far this season in the Premier League.Surprisingly it’s not Juan Mata, David Silva or Mesut Ozil that have taken the plaudits. The first two haven’t even made it on to the list.In fact, a certain Spanish defender has claimed top spot, proving just how valuable he has become to his side. To find out the top eight players to have created the clearest opportunities to score in England’s top flight, after eight games, click the yellow arrow above, right.last_img read more