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Calypso netballers face South Africa in tri-series opener
T&T’s senior national women’s netball team face host South Africa today in the opening match of match of the Tri-Nation series which also involves England at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa from 3pm (TT time).
The tour by the world ninth ranked “Calypso Spikers” is being used s part of their continued preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
It is also the first under newly appointed Wesley “Pepe” Gomes who took over from national player Jennifer Frank. England are currently ranked third in the world and South Africa are sixth.
Included in the T&T squad selected by Gomes, the former coach of the Defence Force basketball championship teams, which will depart for South Africa on Wednesday are senior team regulars Anastacia Wilson, Joelisa Cooper, Rhonda John-Davis, Crystal-Ann George, Kemba Duncan, Anika La Roche, Alicia Liverpool and Onella Jack.
National Under-21 standout Kalifa Mc Collin and Afeisha Noel also make the cut while Simone Morgan makes a return after an absence of five years. During the tri-nation tournament in South Africa, each team will play each other twice and comes on the heels of England’s 3-0 series sweep of South Africa in the Three-Test September tour of England. England won the first match 53-41 and followed up with 51-33 and 49-38 wins in the second and third matches.
Next year in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games, the “Calypso Spikers” will compete in a tough six-team Pool B against World Champions Australia, England, South Africa, Wales and neighbours Barbados while New Zealand, Jamaica, Malawi, Scotland, Northern Ireland and St Lucia will compete in Pool A.
Last night the team had its final training session at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Tacarigua ahead of today’s departure.
T&T women’s netball squad: Anastacia Wilson, Joelisa Cooper, Kalifa Mc Collin, Afeisha Noel, Rhonda John-Davis, Onella Jack, Ashelle Legall, Simone Morgan, Crystal Ann George, Kemba Duncan, Alicia Liverpool, Anika La Roche.
Technical staff: Wesley Gomes (coach), Carol Gittenss (manager) Oba Gulston (physiotherapist), Zephyrinus Nicholas (physiotherapist/trainer)
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