Sunshine Girls demolish Fiji, TT lose to South Africa on opening day

By July 12, 2019

Jhanielle Fowler-Reid scored 33 goals from 35 attempts as Jamaica thrashed Fiji 85-29 in their opening match of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup on Friday.

However, the star player believes that even though the team met some of its objectives, there is room for improvement.

Goal attack Romelda Aiken scored 25 from 36 for the Sunshine Girls, who outscored Fiji 19-8, 21-6, 27-4 and 18-11, respectively, in each of the four quarters.

Fowler-Reid shot 94 per cent from the field but also got good scoring support from Shanice Beckford who scored 11 from 13 while outscoring Fiji’s top scorer Unaisi Rauluni, who went 10 from 13.

“It was a good hit out, getting some of the cobwebs out,” Fowler told Sportsmax.TV after the game. “We do have a lot of work to do. We have some things to fine tune throughout the entire court.”

Notwithstanding the improvements they need to make, she said there were some good things about the play of the Sunshine Girlz on Friday.

“We were patient with the ball, we defended well, I thought and our shooters were on point. We aimed for over 80 goals and keeping them below 30 so we achieved our goals and the girls are feeling confident going into tomorrow’s game so this was also a confidence booster for us.”

Jamaica enjoyed 56 per cent possession in the game and committed 26 turnovers. Fiji, meantime, had 51 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago lost 45-78 to South Africa to be the only Caribbean team that lost on the opening day of competition.

After a close first quarter that South Africa won 19-15, Trinidad was unable to keep pace with their opponents and was outscored 11-21, 8-16 and 11-20 in each of the last three quarters.

Maryka Holtzhausen scored 18 from 22 and Sigrid Burger 16 from 18 but were unable to match the scoring of Samantha Wallace who had 28 from 30 for the South Africans. Jameela McCarthy shot six of seven.

“We competed for the first quarter then from the second we did not adjust to the physical play,” said head coach Wesley Gomes. “We made too many turnovers.”

Trinidad and Tobago committed 29 turnovers to South Africa’s 13 even though the latter enjoyed 52 per cent possession in the game.

Gomez was confident that the team would recover from the beating.

“We were hoping to be much better but we are resilient and will bounce back.”

In the final matches on the day, England defeated Uganda 64-32 while Scotland beat Samoa 53-35.

In Saturday's games, New Zealand takes on Barbados at 5:00 am (6:00 am ECT), Jamaica take on Trinidad and Tobago at 11:00 am (noon ECT).






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