Jamaica senior netball team coach, Minneth Reynolds, said they selected the 12 best available players for the Netball World Cup, which ended in Sydney on Sunday.Jamaica went into the tournament confident of coming away with the top prize, but walked away empty-handed, finishing fourth.As a result, the Jill McIntosh-led coaching staff was heavily criticised not only for their performance, but for not taking the best players to represent the country.”This is certainly one of the best Jamaica teams we have taken to a championship. We had some very good games and some not-so-good games and that cost us not to medal,” Reynolds said.”We took 12 girls, and at any given time, any of those 12 girls could be out there. It’s what we had working with, and I think those 12 girls gave a good account of themselves,” she said.Some observers, including top local netball coach, Winston Nevers, believed some of the country’s best players were left behind. He also argued that the most reliable players were overworked.”Our selection is about people who want who they want and not the best person,” he told The Gleaner. “I personally would not blame Jill … she only had three months, we should have given her three years because Jill would go out in the areas and select the players that she wants.”In such a short period, she had to work with what she saw. The coaches that are there should have selected good players for Jill to work with,” he stressed.Absent playersHe noted that the absence of players Malaysia Kelly, Shamara Sterling and Shatel Slater was greatly felt, as the bench lacked depth.”Those people are more than six feet who can play in mid-court. They were all in the programme, so somebody needs to come and tell us why those players were left out.”We didn’t have a bench and they had to do a lot of work in the mid-court, so the mid-court was overworked. But we didn’t select the right persons and we are blaming Jill, and I think coaches are to be blamed.”Reynolds noted their disappointment.”We used all 12 girls in all of our games, but we had some tough games that we had to use our strongest team, so it’s not that some players were overplayed and some were underplayed,” she explained.”If we had won a medal at the championships, there would be no question about the 12 we took. We are disappointed that we did not get a medal, but we will not dwell on what we did not get, but what we learnt,” she noted.
Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, who has become the first Approved Driving Instructor in the country to win a Road Safety Authority “Leading Lights” award in two successive years, pictured here with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Ray D’Arcey after receiving the award at a ceremony in Farmleigh.Killybegs driving instructor, Diane Harvey, has been named Approved Driving Instructor of the Year by the Road Safety Authority for the second successive year.This is a unique achievement which no other driving instructor in Ireland has earned.She was presented with her “Leading Lights” award yesterday at a function at Farmleigh House, Dublin, by RSA chairman, Gay Byrne. Said Diane (34): “I am delighted to get this recognition. I was amazed to get the Leading Lights award last year and I never expected to win it two years in a row.”A total of 29 awards were presented under various headings at yesterday’s ceremony, which was attended also by sporting great, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and RTE presenter, Ray D’Arcey.Three years ago, she set up her own business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training” and in 2011 she won the Donegal Enterprise Award sponsored by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.From the outset, she has focused strongly on road safety and has taken an active part in a number of safety events in conjunction with Donegal County Council and Shell Ireland. DONEGAL WOMAN WINS DRIVING INSTRUCTOR OF YEAR – AGAIN! was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Diane HarveyDriving InstructorKillybegs