Sun­shine Girls likely to play Eng­land

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

SYD­NEY, Aus­tralia ( CMC): amaica is likely to play against Eng­land in the open­ing match of the next Netball World Cup ( NWC), for­merly World Netball Cham­pi­onships.

The match- up is based on a new sys­tem geared to­wards in­creased com­pet­i­tive­ness at the tour­na­ment, set for Au­gust 2015 in Syd­ney.

The NWC was launched in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, on Tues­day.

“Un­der the new sys­tem, fans will no longer have to wait un­til the medal games to see the likes of New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Eng­land, and Ja­maica line up against each other,” said Molly Rhone, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Netball As­so­ci­a­tions.

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The top four netball na­tions were on hand for Tues­day’s launch of the NWC and Romelda Aiken rep­re­sented Netball Ja­maica.

The top six na­tions au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify, plus 10 teams se­lected via re­gional tour­na­ments.

The 16 na­tions will be di­vided into four pools of four teams, with the top- ranked one and two teams in the same pool. Sim­i­larly, third and fourth, fifth and sixth, and sev­enth and eighth will be in the same pool.

Based on the lat­est rank­ing, Ja­maica ( fourth) will be in the same pool as Eng­land ( third).

It is an­tic­i­pated that the open­ing match of the tour­na­ment could be be­tween the No 1 and 2 ranked teams, New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

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