Barbados’ top under-21 netballers are approaching their final stages of preparation for the World Youth Netball Championships which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from August 22 to 31.
Twenty teams have been confirmed for the tournament which will see 70 games being played over a 10-day period. Each team will be guaranteed to play seven matches and at the end of the competition the teams will be awarded a placing from first to 20th at world junior level. Barbados finished 12th at the last tournament in 2009.
In the preliminary games the 20 teams will be divided into four pools of five and will contest a single round-robin stage, until the semi-finals and final to determine the champions.
It is anticipated that several of the youngsters on show in Glasgow will go on to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year also in Scotland.
Yesterday several of the players likely to take to the court for Barbados were at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex going through a number of drills under the watchful gaze of coaches Julie Philips and Sandra Bruce. They have also had a number of practice matches which started earlier in the year.
The Barbados team will leave for Glasgow on the weekend. The squad is: Cherise Seale, Jeneice Clarke, Marisa Burgess, Markayla Yearwood, Rieah Holder, Shanice Rock, Shanice Wharton, Shannon Hackett, Shonica Wharton, Tonisha Rock-Yaw, Tyneisha Rowe, Vanessa Reid-Cox. Vaneisha Cadogan (manager), Dennis Callender (medic/trainer), Dr. Llewellyn Harper (team doctor), Sandra Bruce-Small, (coach) and Julie Phillips (assistant coach) complete the team.
Teams participating in the tournament are: Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, England, Fiji, Israel, Jamaica, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Ireland, Samoa, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Wales.
Barbados are in Group D along with powerhouses England, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Ireland. Jamaica are in Group C along with Wales, Samoa, Cayman Islands and Scotland. Trinidad and Tobago are in Group B with the powerful Kiwis, Northern Ireland, Malta and Bermuda.