Sunshine Girls avoid worst finish since 1967

By July 22, 2019

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls avoided finishing sixth at the Vitality Netball World Cup, the worst the team would have since 1967 after a hard-fought playoff game against Malawi. 

The Sunshine Girls didn’t have things all their own way on Sunday in Liverpool as the 68-50 scoreline indicates. They started strongly enough, running out to a 20-13 lead in the first quarter, but then Malawi came roaring back.

Malawi would make things uncomfortable for the Jamaicans, losing the second quarter 17-15.

For some reason, the side, whose prowess in netball is ever improving just could not find that gear to go ahead of the more experienced Sunshine Girls and they would again lose a quarter, albeit a close affair, 15-13.

When the fourth quarter began with the scores at 52-41, the fat lady had sung, because up until that point, the Malawians had not managed to outscore the Jamaicans. The fourth quarter was no different. In fact, the Sunshine Girls pushed their advantage in this quarter, winning it 16-9, the biggest margin since the start of the encounter.

Romelda Aiken’s woes inside the circle continued for the Sunshine Girls as she scored just eight goals from 12 attempts. Rebekah Robinson had three from five, but then up stepped captain courageous, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who took away the chances the Malawians had to get back into the game.

Fowler-Reid would go on to score a massive 53 goals from just 54 attempts, while Shanice Beckford had four from six.

The Sunshine Girls faced resistance from two shooters, Jane Chimaliro and Joyce Mvula,

Mvula scored 23 from 29 attempts, while Chimaliro had 25 from 33.

Sindi Simtowe was perfect from her two attempts.

While the result meant the Sunshine Girls finish fifth, the embarrassment is still significant, bearing in mind the last time they finished as low as fifth was all the way back in 1995.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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