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Lankan netballers out to give of their best at World Cup

Sri Lanka Netball team for the World Cup 2019   Chaturangi Jayasuriya(Capt), Gayani Dissanayake, Deepika Abeykoon ,Gayanjali Amarawansa, Dharshika Abeywickrama, Hasitha Mendis, Dulanga Ambeygoda, Nauchalie Rajapakshe, Dulangi Wannitilleka, Tharjani Shiwalingam, Elilenthinie Shetukavalar, Thilini Wattegedera, Thilaka Jinadasa(Coach) Trixi Nanayakkra(Manager), Dr Daminda Attanyake (Team doctor )

Sri Lanka Netball team for the World Cup 2019   Chaturangi Jayasuriya(Capt), Gayani Dissanayake, Deepika Abeykoon ,Gayanjali Amarawansa, Dharshika Abeywickrama, Hasitha Mendis, Dulanga Ambeygoda, Nauchalie Rajapakshe, Dulangi Wannitilleka, Tharjani Shiwalingam, Elilenthinie Shetukavalar, Thilini Wattegedera, Thilaka Jinadasa(Coach) Trixi Nanayakkra(Manager), Dr Daminda Attanyake (Team doctor )     

Sri Lanka Netball team led by Chaturangi Jayasuriya will take part at the Netball world Cup which will commence on12th July in Liverpool, England . The final will be played on 21st July . This will be a huge challenge for the Sri Lankan team which is presently world number 19 in the ranking . Our plan is to finish within the first ten teams in the world said Sri Lankan coach Thilaka Jinadasa .

Sri Lanka team left for England two weeks before the world cup and they are busy with the pre preparation before the major tournament . Sri Lankan players are in good mentality for this major tournament and their physical fitness is also very high.

All the players are training hard during the practices to develop their skills . Sri Lanka team will play six practice matches with leading England clubs before the world cup . These matches are useful to the Sri Lankans to adjust to the weather conditions and also develop their mentality and fitness level . The coach is always very keen to develop the fitness of the players and skills and focus about the players endurance which is very important to play with talented opponents .

Sri Lankan team won the Asian championships last year to qualify for the world cup . They defeated Singapore twice in the Asian championships and finished with an unbeaten record to win the Asian crown. Before the Asian cup Sri Lanka team got a chance to tour Malavi for the practice match series and it was a huge success

This time 16 teams will take part at the Netball world cup . They are divided to four groups .Sri Lanka in group ‘A with Australia, Northern Island and Zimbabwe . New Zealand, Malavi, Barbados and Singapore in Group ‘B’. In Group ‘c’ Jamaica, South Africa,Trinidad &Tobago and Fiji battle with each other . England , Uganda, Scotland and Samoa are in Group ‘D’ .

Defending champions Australia are in same group with Sri Lanka but Sri Lanka is more focus about the two matches Zimbabwe which is scheduled to be played on 12th July and Northern Ireland match which will be played on 13th and 14th the tough game against Australia . If Sri Lanka can beat Zimbabwe and Northern Island they have a good chance to finish within the first ten in the word ranking. In the Last world cup back to 2015 held in Sydney Australia Sri Lanka could not win a single game and ended last.

During the preliminary round Sri Lanka lost to Singapore 43/56, lost to Malawi 18/101, lost to South Africa 17/89, . Once again during the qualification round Sri Lanka lost to Fiji 31/77, lost to Scotland 27/59, lost to Barbados 33/67, during the play off matches lost to Zambia 36/70 and lost to Singapore for the 15 th place match 32/59 and finished last..However this time Chaturangi Jayasuriya and her team will take up the challenge with more confidence with good preparations . They beat Singapore twice at the Asia Cup and werecrowned as Asian champions.


 

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