Serbian dumps Wimbledon champ Kvitova from US Open

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot against
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their women’s singles thirdround
match on Day Six of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean
King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the
Queens borough of New York City, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

NEW YORK, USA (AFP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the fifth top 10 seed to exit the US Open in the first week when she was knocked out by Serbian world number 145 Aleksandra Krunic yesterday. But there were no such problems for men's top seed Novak Djokovic and eighth-seeded Andy ... Read More

Jill McIntosh (right) poses for a picture with Shanice Beckford, Jamaica's MVP at the Commonwealth Games,
at a function at the Netball House in St Andrew on Tuesday night. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Region needs upgrade, says BNA president
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados' top netball official hopes the appointment of a regiona ... Read More

Lance Neita (centre), Public Relations Consultant for Noranda, presents the Championship trophy to the Bethel Town Strikers
netball team after they beat the Brown's Town Masters on Sunday to win the 2014 St Ann Netball Association competition.
Coach Rusheed Josephs is at right. Bethel Town Strikers win Noranda Bauxite Trophy
BETHEL Town Strikers won the 2014 Noranda Bauxite Trophy for the senior division of the St Ann Netba ... Read More

Jill McIntosh (right) poses for a picture with Shanice Beckford, Jamaica's MVP at the Commonwealth Games,
at a function at the Netball House in St Andrew on Tuesday night. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Hard work will take Sunshine Girls to next level
TECHNICAL director for Netball Jamaica, Australian Jill McIntosh, will depart the island tomorrow to ... Read More

Sky Liners win Insports Portland Credit Union netball

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Portland Credit Union Marketing Manager Anthony Morrison (right) presenting the winning trophy to members of the Sky Liners team, as Insports Portland
officer Sharon Harris (left) shares in the occasion. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Sky Liners were crowned Insports Portland Credit Union netball champions on Saturday after defeating Reich 29-14 at the Port Antonio Craft Village to take the championship trophy and $50,000 in prize money and medals. The team's goal attack Terri-Ann Jones was also adjudged the competition's most valuable player. Reich, the runners-up for the second time, received $25,000 and medals, while Flawless, who were third, got $10,000 and medals for their effort. Anthon ... Read More

Refurbished $23-m Leila Robinson Netball Courts opened

BY RUDDY ALLEN | Friday, August 08, 2014    

Natalie Neita-Headley (fifth left), minister with responsibility for sport, on the newly refurbished Leila Robinson Netball Courts yesterday with Netball Jamaica
President Marva Bernard (centre), Sunshine Girl head coach Minneth Reynolds (left) and technical director Jill McIntosh (right), along with players (from
second left) Stacian Facey, Vangelee Williams, Shanice Beckford, Jhanielle Fowler-Reid, Romelda Aiken, Khadijah Williams, Tristina Harwood, Nicole Aiken-
Pinnock and Malysha Kelly. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

THE Leila Robinson Netball Courts, completely refurbished with synthetic playing surface to the tune of $23 million, was officially opened yesterday by minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley. However, the seating facility is yet to be completed. Neita-Headley, in officially opening the courts at the Independence Park Complex, expressed gratitude to the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) for its effort in providing the world-class surface for the count ... Read More

Bronze, an Independence gift to Ja — Bernard

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Thursday, August 07, 2014    

Netball Jamaica
President Marva
Bernard (second
left) and members
of the Sunshine
Girls team peruse
last Monday’s
edition of the Daily
Observer featuring
them celebrating
their bronze medal
victory over
England inside the
Hydro Arena in
Glasgow, Scotland,
shortly after
arriving at the
Airport, yesterday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of Netball Jamaica Marva Bernard says the bronze medal won by the Sunshine Girls at the recent Commonwealth Games in a heart-stopping, third-place play-off match against England in Glasgow is an Independence present for Jamaica. "Every Independence we have brought a present and this year is no different. Last year (at) the World Youth we came with a present; this year we have brought a present. They did it for their country, their families, Netball Jamaic ... Read More

It tastes so good!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014    

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls take a bite out of their bronze medals after the medal ceremony inside the Hydro Arena at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday. The Jamaican netballers had earlier defeated England 52-48 to secure their medals. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID, COURTESY OF SUPREME VENTURES, COURTS AND BEST DRESSED CHICKEN) Read More

PHOTO: Congrats!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014    


Jamaica Olympic Association president Mike Fennell congratulates captain of the netball team Nicole Aiken after the team defeated England 52-48 to secure the bronze medal at the XX Commonwealth Games inside the Hydro Arena on Sunday.(PHOTOS: COLLIN REID) Read More

Sunshine for Girls in gutsy bronze medal performance

BY SEAN WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor | Monday, August 04, 2014    

Hurdler Leford Green provides an emotional Marva Bernard
with a congratulatory hug after the match.

GLASGOW, Scotland — Marva Bernard's eyes were bloodshot. She had been shedding tears, and a hell of a lot of it at that. But they were tears of joy. For the Netball Jamaica boss had just witnessed her Sunshine Girls win a Commonwealth Games bronze in a heart-stopping third-place play-off match against England at the Hydro Arena here yesterday. The score tells the story of the competitive nature of the game: Jamaica 52, England 48. But what it does not unveil is the heart, discipline and ... Read More

Aussies force Sunshine Girls into bronze-medal match

BY SEAN WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor | Sunday, August 03, 2014    

Jamaica’s goal-shoot Jhaniele Fowler-Reid catches the ball ahead of Australia’s goal-keep Laura
Gietz (left) and goal defence Julie Corletto during their semi-final match at the Scottish Exhibition
Conference Centre, yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaica's Sunshine Girls will not realise their dreams of becoming Commonwealth Games champions. At least, not this time around. In their semi-final match against world number one Australia at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) yesterday, the fourth-ranked Jamaicans lacked the finesse to get the better of the technically astute Australians, losing 42-57. And the Jamaicans themselves blamed a "lapse in concentration" and "too may unforced errors" for thei ... Read More

Legendary, Holmwood clash in Manchester netball final

BY OSHANE TOBIAS Observer writer | Saturday, August 02, 2014    

Shara-Kay Palmer (left) of Legendary shoots above the outstretched arm of Mile Gully goal defence Suthania Scott
during Wednesday’s Manchester Open League semi-final at Manchester High School in Mandeville. Legendary

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- A $50,000 bounty will be the reward as Legendary and Holmwood Technical go head-to-head for the Manchester Open League title at Manchester High School today starting at 4:00 pm. Earlier, Mile Gully and Rose Strikers will meet in the consolation final, which will be preceded by the closing rally at 11:00 am. However, all eyes will be on the main event, with the Christiana-based schoolgirls looking to dethrone a seemingly organised Legendary outfit. Both teams enter the ... Read More

Underdogs Jamaica take aim at top-ranked Australia in netball semi-final

Saturday, August 02, 2014    

Jamaica’s Paula Thompson (left) snatches the ball ahead of Caroline O'Hanlon of Northern
Ireland in their second Group A game inside the SECC Arena at the XX Commonwealth Games in

GLASGOW, Scotland — On paper, Jamaica's Sunshine Girls should not beat Australia when they meet today in their semi-final match of the XX Commonwealth Games inside Hall 4B of the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC). But in sport, the game is ultimately won and lost on the field of play. With their unbeaten run in Group B, number one Australia will easily be the bookies favourites. To disregard the underdog, would be at one's own peril. And in this contest, number four-ranked Jam ... Read More

Sunshine Girls take aim at New Zealand

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Jill McIntosh (left), technical director of the Sunshine Girls, and head coach
Minneth Reynolds discuss team strategy during a training session last

GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaica's netballers, already assured of a semi-final spot at the Commonwealth Games, will today take on world number two New Zealand in a group fixture at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Match time is 11:30 am (5:30 am Jamaica time). Jamaica soared to the top of Group A with four wins, the last being an 81-50 victory over a pesky Malawi, who are ranked fifth in the world. In the other games, the Sunshine Girls cut down St Lucia 88-24, Northern ... Read More



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