In the context of global sport, netball — a 120-year-old offshoot of basketball — is not considered major.
However, it has, for many decades, been the team sport of choice for Jamaican women and girls, and remains extremely popular in schools and communities. That's also the case throughout much of the Commonwealth and, of course, the English-speaking Caribbean.
Hence the pride and joy among Jamaicans at the consistently high standard set by national netball teams over the last 30 years and more on the international stage.
In the latest case, Jamaica's Under-21 girls took the bronze medal at the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, comfortably beating England in the third-place play-off.
As has been the case for many, many years, New Zealand and Australia were the two most dominant teams — again reaching the final of an international netball tournament, with New Zealand coming out champions this time around.
A source of great pride for the netball fraternity and all Jamaica is that the young Sunshine Girls pushed New Zealand hard in the semi-final while losing by eight goals. In fact, we are told that the Jamaican youngsters had a superb third quarter, overturning a 12-point deficit to lead 38-37 entering the fourth quarter.
We are left to suspect that had first choice shooter Miss Shantel Slater not received a game-ending injury in the second quarter, the Sunshine Girls would have made life even tougher for the New Zealanders.
Obviously, there is disappointment that the Jamaican girls failed yet again to break into the top two of world netball. However, there can be no doubting the strength of their resolve, twinned to talent, which allows them to keep punching way above their weight in terms of available resources and material support.
We note the pride of coach Mrs Oberon Pitterson-Nattie as she paid tribute to her team, describing them as "lionhearts" following their bronze-medal victory over England.
"We had our centre limping, our wing attack crying because she had a shin splint... everybody was in pain, but they were willing to lay it out there..." she said.
Kudos to our netballers, coaches, administrators, and sponsors for their continuing effort and sacrifice to hold Jamaica's flag high.