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12 July 2019 | Uncategorized

John-Davis disappointed despite history-making feat

Trinidad and Tobago’s Rhonda John-Davis says she is more focused on helping her team improve than on her history-making appearance at a sixth Netball World Cup.

John-Davis played as the Calypso Girls were beaten 76-45 on the opening day of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.

The appearance ensured that John-Davis is now out on her own as the most prolific player in Netball World Cup history, with her six tournaments putting her ahead of a host of players who have played in five editions of the competition.

However, she was reluctant to dwell on that achievement.

She said:

“I’m a competitor, so it’s really tough to focus on being proud of making a sixth World Cup after we have just lost by such a big margin. It is a great accomplishment, but in that loss we definitely struggled.

“We lacked discipline at times, and when things were working for us we decided to change up, which won’t help us, so that was our main downfall today.”

Trinidad and Tobago face Jamaica in their second match of the tournament tomorrow, and John-Davis believes that the relentless run of fixtures should help each team to fine-tune their performances.

“It’s helpful because you can’t dwell on the loss – you have to learn from it and show that when you go to the next game, you don’t make the same mistakes.”

After reflecting on the defeat, John-Davis also acknowledged how far the sport has come since her first World Cup tournament in 1999.

“There’s more interest now,” she said. “There’s a lot more physicality in the game and the netball nations are playing more and more. There’s more competition and there are more players, and that’s great for the sport, because it can only rise further from here.”