Sunshine Girls beat Australia to sweep Pool A in CWG netball
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls celebrating after beating Australia 57-55. Photo: Naphtali Junior

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls have made their biggest statement of the netball competition at the Commonwealth Games so far with a close two goals come-from-behind 57-55 win over Australia at the NEC Hall in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Thursday morning.

The win saw Jamaica sweeping all five games in Pool A to top the points tables with a perfect 10, two more than Australia, the beaten finalists in 2018 in Gold Coast.

Jamaica trailed in the match until a furious four-quarter where they overcame a six-goal deficit to outscore the Aussies 17-9 for a morale-boosting victory.

Jamaica trailed by one point 13-14 after the first quarter and was still behind by the same margin 30-29 at the half.

Australia forged further ahead going into the final quarter leading 46-40.

Goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler led the Jamaican scoring with 47 goals from 50 attempts and goal attack Shanice Beckford scored the other 10 from 10 attempts.

Australia’s goal shooter Gretel Bueta scored 36 goals from 39 attempts for the losers while Steph Wood scored 19 from 22 attempts.

Paul Reid

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