The Jamaicans will be joined by captain Malysha Kelly and Vangelee Williams, from Australia and England respectively, where they play club competition. A full-strength Jamaican team is expected for the traditionally fierce match-ups and national coach Minneth Reynolds said she is expecting a much better performance this time around. “We are going out there to compete at our best, and if our best is good enough, then we can be victorious. Our shortcoming was in attack and with the inclusion of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson we should be able to compete much better than we did in New Zealand,” she assessed. Other squad members include; Stacian Facey, Adean Thomas, Shamera Sterling, Khadijah Williams, Shantal Slater. Under-21 players Hasana Williams and Carla-lee Tinglin are also included in the squad. “I am hoping to take my time and play the ball, and play my own game and prove myself on the court,” said Williams, 17-year-old from the Queen’s School. Tinglin, an 18-year-old University of the West Indies student is also looking forward to the experience. “I have always had this dream, didn’t know it would come so early though, but the Lord knows best and I will be giving it my all,” Tinglin said. NEW ADDITIONS Netball Jamaica President Dr Paula Daley-Morris is expecting the Sunshine Girls to put recent disappointments behind them and fight to defeat hosts England in their three-match international test series, slated for November 29 to December 4. Ten members of the national team, their management and coaching staff departed Netball House, located in Barbican, yesterday for the Norman Manley International Airport. According to the president, the team is targeting improvements following their recent 3-0 loss to number two ranked New Zealand. The Jamaicans also had a dismal Fast5 World Netball Series showing in Australia, winning two games against lower-ranked teams and losing four. “Well, we are hoping to improve on our performance from the other tours. We definitely need to improve, so that’s the plan,” she outlined. Daley-Morris, describing her team as a mix of youth and experience, feels they will be equipped to take on third-ranked England at home. The Sunshine girls are ranked fourth, behind Australia, New Zealand and England, respectively. “I am confident that it’s going to be fierce in terms of competition,” said the president. “Higher-ranked England? Listen, that is a matter of which year you are talking about, we are equally ranked, no fears, no. I am sure they are more fearful than we are, they have a lot more to lose,” she reasoned. Jamaica will be bolstered by the return of senior ace shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson, while goal shooter Shanice Beckford will be hoping to continue her good run from New Zealand.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Welcome to Johnny’s Diner” will be presented, 7 p.m. Friday at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $15 includes dinner. Call (661) 295-3700. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children under 12. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.VitalExpressCenter.com. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Mousetrap” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. L.A. Hardy and Jody Milkes will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Animal Acres Farm Animal Shelter grand opening will feature farm animals, live music and vegetarian food, noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton. Admission is free. A VIP dinner will take place, 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $150 and $250. Call (661) 269-0986 or visit www.animalacres.org. Homecoming barbecue and game, 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cougar Den at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call (661) 362-3435. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Lou-Lou’s Blues Band will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at Howie’s Pub, 31579 Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (661) 295-8755. Breakfast with the Gibbons will feature a continental-style breakfast, silent auction and guided tour, 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday at the Gibbon Conservation Center, 19100 Esquerra Road, Saugus. Cost: $30 for adults 18 and up; $15 for ages 13-17, $10 for ages 3-12, and free for those under 3. Call Patricia Dahle at (661) 943-4915. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Oct. 31. Call (661) 286-4018. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at The Elephant Bar, 27063 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. Music Department Fall Revue, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Tickets: $4. Call (661) 297-3900. Choral Department Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the auditorium at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575.