Jamaica Gleaner

Sun­shine Girls fall to Eng­land

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ALL THREE Caribbean teams were beaten on the sec­ond day o f com­pe­ti­tion in the Net­ball World Cup in Syd­ney yesterday.

Eng­land edged Ja­maica, while Trinidad & Tobago and Bar­ba­dos suf­fered huge losses against New Zealand and Aus­tralia, re­spec­tively.

Fol­low­ing com­fort­able wins on the open­ing day, both Ja­maica and Eng­land were fight­ing to main­tain the Pool B lead, but Eng­land took a four­goal win over the Sun­shine Girls to con­firm their sta­tus as World Cup ti­tle con­tenders.

Ja­maica, led by goal shooter Romelda Aiken, took a 14-11 first-quar­ter lead and dou­bled their score by the half-time in­ter­val. With Jhaniele Flower-Reid re­plac­ing Aiken, Eng­land stormed back to outscore their op­po­nents, 16-9, and take the lead, 39-37, in the third quar­ter.

The Ja­maicans were re­lent­less, but Eng­land held onto their nar­row lead to seal an im­por­tant 54-50 win.

Aiken fin­ished with 27 goals from 29 at­tempts, and goal at­tack Shan­ice Beck­ford, 17 from 20, for Ja­maica. Joanne Harten, 37 from 46, and He­len Housby, 11 from 13, led the way for Eng­land.

Trinidad & Tobago, who lost to the hosts on the open­ing day, were no match for New Zealand in their Pool A match.

De­spite Rhonda John-Davis be­com­ing t he high­est test­capped player of the tour­na­ment with 150 games for the Ca­lypso Girls, the mile­stone didn’t stop the Sil­ver Ferns from a sec­ond straight vic­tory.

Goal shoot Sa­man­tha Wal­lace, 24 from 31, and goal at­tack Joelisa Cooper, nine from 11, led the shoot­ing for Trinidad & Tobago, but New Zealand led in all quar­ters, 16-12, 37-25, 56-33 and, fi­nally, 74-38 for the win.

In the other Pool match, the Bar­ba­di­ans were no match to Aus­tralia as they were lim­ited to sin­gle-digit scores in the quar­ters.

The Aus­tralian Di­a­monds re­stricted the Ba­jan Gems to three goals in the first quar­ter, 20-3, and ex­tended their lead, 38-7, 61-11, and 83-16 for a 67goal mar­gin of vic­tory.

Trinidad & Tobago and Bar­ba­dos are on to­day, with Ja­maica play­ing Scot­land to­mor­row to de­ter­mine who will join Eng­land as the sec­ond team to ad­vance from Pool B.

 ??  ?? Ja­maica’s cen­tre, Paula Thompson, col­lects the ball ahead of Eng­land’s Jade Clarke dur­ing the Net­ball World Cup match at the All­phones Arena, Syd­ney Olympic Park yesterday.
Ja­maica’s cen­tre, Paula Thompson, col­lects the ball ahead of Eng­land’s Jade Clarke dur­ing the Net­ball World Cup match at the All­phones Arena, Syd­ney Olympic Park yesterday.
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VEN­TURES, COURTS AND SCO­TIA­BANK ?? Ja­maica’s goal at­tack, Shan­ice Beck­ford (left), col­lects the ball ahead of Eng­land’s Eboni Beck­ford-Cham­bers dur­ing their Net­ball World Cup match played at the All­phones Arena at Syd­ney Olympic Park yesterday. Eng­land won 54-50.
COLLIN REID PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF PETRO­JAM, SUPREME VEN­TURES, COURTS AND SCO­TIA­BANK Ja­maica’s goal at­tack, Shan­ice Beck­ford (left), col­lects the ball ahead of Eng­land’s Eboni Beck­ford-Cham­bers dur­ing their Net­ball World Cup match played at the All­phones Arena at Syd­ney Olympic Park yesterday. Eng­land won 54-50.
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