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Richardson ruled out of Championships

Bermuda will be without the services of key player Dominique Richardson at this year’s World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland.

The dynamic midcourt player has been left out of Bermuda’s 14 member squad — the first to represent the Island at the upcoming Championships in nearly a decade — because of conflicting commitments.

“Dominique is unable to travel due to school commitments,” Bermuda coach Gina Benjamin confirmed. “Dominique is a dynamic midcourt player with international experience that would have boosted the attack and defence.”

Bermuda’s World Youth Netball Championships team consists of captain Jaylynn Hines, vice-captain Diara Benjamin, Danielle Onyia, Jasmyn Renfroe, Jahtuere Trott, Kayjuna Lema, Akeyla Furbert, Asante Chapman, Olivia Onyia, Quaejah Cox, Michelle Onyia, Jahkintae Williams, Maiia White (alternate) and Ryan Robinson (alternate).

Assisting Benjamin with coaching duties is Anthony Mouchette.

The 2013 World Youth Netball Championships, involving players at the Under-21 level, will take place at the Commonwealth Arena in Glasgow August 22-31.

Bermuda and regional rivals Trinidad and Tobago have been grouped together in Group B along with New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Malta.

Benjamin expects nothing short of full commitment from her players when they touch down in the UK later this year.

“I am expecting one hundred percent from each player for each game,” she said. “I need aggression, determination and country pride every time they step on the court. Currently we are ranked 28th in the world so I’m expecting at minimum that we will be playing in the 17th-22nd place brackets.”

As for her team’s ongoing preparations, Benjamin said: “ We are training three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) at Bernard’s Park. We are hoping to move to an indoor location soon as the championship games will all be played indoor.

“Early part of this year the team went through an intensive six week endurance and strength training and since then we have focused on ball work and game plan. It also helps that the senior team is in training for a three series match verses Canada, so we’ve been playing several games against them.”

Bermuda will warm up for the World Youth Netball Championships with three practise matches with Canada on home soil between July 28-30 at a venue yet to be determined. The series will enable Bermuda to maintain its current world ranking.

Benjamin believes Bermuda’s re-entry to the World Youth Netball Championships is a step in “the right direction”.

“This is the first time Bermuda has had an Under-21 team in eight years and team is quickly building strong relationships and adapting to the new style of play,” she said. “We (coaches) are setting goals and measures each training session and we are pleased to see the team implementing them on court.”

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Published June 06, 2013 at 9:05 am (Updated June 06, 2013 at 9:05 am)

Richardson ruled out of Championships

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