Belfast Telegraph

NI girls are out to seize a spot at Commonwealths


By Richard Bullick

Elaine Rice wants her Northern Ireland players to reproduce the essence of Wednesday's victory over Barbados when they meet again in tonight's Quad Series final.

The hosts triumphed 51-35 in the round robin fixture and another top performance will be needed at Lisburn Racquets (8pm) with the trophy at stake.

While securing silverware would be a bonus, the most important prize is qualification for next spring's Commonwealth Games.

Another win should prove enough to keep them in the top 12 of the world rankings by the official July 1 cut-off date.

"We knew we were at the point of no return going into Wednesday evening's game and the girls showed excellent character to deliver under that pressure," said coach Rice.

"They matched Barbados physically and really took the game to them. It was a great team effort and showed what these players are capable of."

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