ST GEORGE’S, July 14, 2015 – Grenada’s National Under 23 Netball team will leave the island on Friday to Basseterre, St. Kitts for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)/Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Under 23 Netball Championship which runs from July 17-24.
Team Grenada will be seeking to dethrone 2014 Champions St. Lucia in what is expected to be a keenly contested tournament.
Leading the quest will be captain Cecile Roberts and she is quite confident in her team’s chances of bringing home the title this year given the weeks of preparation.
“As the captain, I believe our team will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming tournament. Our team has been training very hard and now it’s just a matter of executing our skills.We have a tremendous coaching staff and we will definitely go out there and make Grenada proud.”
The Grenada Netball Association (GNA) has acquired the services of Oberon Pitterson-Nattie, former coach of Jamaica’s senior girls team (known as the Sunshine Girls) for this upcoming tournament and speaking to Spice Isle Review, President of the GNA Glynis Roberts says her years of experience will go a long way in assisting Grenada’s netball program.
“Earlier this year we had a weekend session with Pitterson-Nattie which went very well and was attended by most of our coaches. What we are envisioning is a coaching staff from which we can pull separate ones per tournament. So ‘Obi’ came to help us with that as well. Her coaching techniques is quite noticeable.”
When asked whether Pitterson-Nattie has been hired by the GNA her response was “I cannot say hire as we have not signed a contract with her. We have paid for her ticket to return and that was sponsored by businesses. She will get a per diem as well.”
Roberts further added, “Being ranked number 29th in the world we have no choice but to help our coaches to be certified to at least Level one. So we continue the journey to improving our players and coaches. Next year hopefully we head to Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Championships in Jamaica where we hope to qualify for world champs.”
The full team reads: Jamilla Billy, Samantha Cato, Renee Cooper (Vice Captain), Shakeria Fortune, Tiffany Frederick, Brittney Jones, Tonya Mc Farlene, Keshanice Mitchell, Nichell Noel, Renisha Stafford, Cecile Roberts (Captain).
Tracy Patrick was also named but she injured her Ligament last Sunday during a match and will be resting for the next six weeks.
The team will be managed by Keith Williams with Adeletrude Griffith as Physio. Kathy-Ann Williams Gabriel and Oberon Pitterson-Nattie are the coaches while Nadine Lett is an umpire.
Since the start of the OECS Under 23 Netball Championships in 1991, Grenada has won the title on three occasions with the last time being in 2010. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has won the most titles (14).