Explaining plans: Senior Trinidad and Tobago netball team captain Anika LaRoche Bryce, left, and T&T Netball Association (TTNA) PRO Lynette Duncan, right, listen as TTNA president Dr Patricia Butcher speaks to the media during a press conference at the VIP lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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T&T to play Ireland, Barbados in Tri Series

By Mark Pouchet

The Trinidad and Tobago senior women’s netball team will jump off into action Thursday in a Tri-Nation Series which includes Barbados and Northern Ireland at the Tacarigua Indoor Complex. 

The series is part of warm-up preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland  in July and the World Championships in 2015.

Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association president Dr Patricia  Butcher said the girls had been hard in training and the Series was an opportunity for them to gauge their progress. 

The games will take place from Thursday to Saturday,  starting at 5:15 pm on the first two days and 3:15pm on the last day. 

Captain of the women’s senior team Anika La Roche Bryce says her team is ready.

“The team has been hard in training and we will be looking to give a good performance and improve our rating, “she said. 

Bryce said her team is a very experienced one that includes the prolific Janelle Barker. 

T&T are currently ranked 10th in the world followed by 11th ranked Northern Ireland,  who touch down in Trinidad today.  Barbados,  who arrives tomorrow, are eighth.

Butcher said the TTNA has been working on developing the game and increasing participation numbers through their own programmes. 

“Our goal is to take netball  back to the top.... We have starter programmes targetting the 5-12 age group that we hope to expand throughout the country to continue growing the sport” she said adding that the Under-16 team was also being focused on and they were preparing for a tournament in Antigua in April. 

 Back to the senior women,  Butcher said they would also compete in a tournament involving Namibia and Scotland the hosts in late March. 

“We are hoping to compete there and do even better when we go back there in July for the Commonwealth Games. “ she said. 

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