Girls complete 3-0 sweep of England Roses in Sunshine Netball Series

Observer writer

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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JAMAICA'S Sunshine Girls defeated England 58-43 to complete a clean 3-0 sweep in their Test series at the 2018 LASCO Netball Series inside National Indoor Sports Centre on Monday.

The Sunshine Girls, ranked fourth in the world, completely dominated their English rivals who are the current Commonwealth Games champions and who are ranked number three in the world.

Jamaica had previously beaten Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 just ahead of facing England.

Goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler led the scoring for Jamaica, netting 42 goals from 46 attempts, while goal attack Shanice Beckford got 12 goals from 17 attempts, and substitute shooter Shantal Slater added four goals from six efforts.

For England, substitute goal shooter Georgina Fisher scored 24 goals from 28 attempts, goal shooter Eleanor Cardwell started with 11 goals from 15 attempts, and Kadeen Corbin added eight goals from 13 efforts.

Jamaica's coach Marvette Anderson said she was very pleased with the overall performance from the players throughout both series. “I am really feeling happy, as the win was also convincing.

“It was also a good all-round performance from all the players as they just started to come together-but we still have work to be done. We will be looking at the replays and see where we are at present and what needs to improve,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who was on her first stint as head coach of Jamaica's Sunshine Girls senior team, said the players will now look forward to competing in the Fast Five Netball World Series (originally called FastNet), to be held later this month (October 26-28) in Australia.

The Fast Five Netball World Series is played annually and contested by the top six national netball teams in the International Netball Federation's world rankings. Jamaica lost to England in the final 34-29 last year.

“The players have not started to practise for the Fast Five tournament but they will be ready as it is all about scoring goals in quick time. Only 12 players are expected to be named on the team,” she added.

Anderson also said that she was looking forward to the Netball World Cup to be played in Liverpool, England, next July.

Meanwhile, on the court, Jamaica and England started evenly before the hosts inched away towards the end of the first quarter to lead 16-10 at the break.

The Jamaicans turned up the pressure in the second quarter, and with the combined shooting of Fowler-Reid and Beckford along with the of fast-attacking centre plays produced by Khadijah Williams, Adean Thomas, and Jodiann Ward, as well as with good defensive work by Stacian Facey and Kadie-Ann Dehaney, pushed the score steadily along to 30-21 at the half-time break.

Both coaches Anderson of Jamaica, and Tracey Neville of England made a few changes in the third quarter, but it was the Sunshine Girls who maintained their dominance by scoring 16 goals to 12, increasing their lead by 13 (46-33) at the break.

Despite the return of Georgina Fisher to the goal shooting position in England's attempt to close the gap in the fourth quarter, the English girls found the going difficult to contain the hosts who were in complete control of the match. The Jamaicans scored 12 goals to England's 10 to sweep the series 3-0 with a convincing 58-43 win.

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