Sunshine Girls rebound to win final Test

December 06, 2021
Jamaica’s goal keeper Shamera Sterling (top right) goes high to defend ahead of Scotland’s goal shooter Emma Barrie (left) at the Netball World Cup in 2019.
Jamaica’s goal keeper Shamera Sterling (top right) goes high to defend ahead of Scotland’s goal shooter Emma Barrie (left) at the Netball World Cup in 2019.

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls turned in a much-improved performance to defeat hosts England 63-53 in the final match of the three-Test Vitality series in Nottingham yesterday. The series had already been decided but the Sunshine Girls were determined to show some fight. Ace defender Shamera Sterling told the BBC Sports website: "We had lost the first two games, so we wanted to come out today and fight for it. We were determined to start stronger today and we wanted to fight for the win. It's a better reflection of who we are as a team." Sterling was named Player of the Match.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange congratulated the Girls in a Tweet yesterday afternoon. "We are proud of the Sunshine Girls for bouncing back to win game three of the three-Test series against the England Roses. The Sunshine Girls played a tremendous match beating England by 10 goals to show that they were down but not out."

The Sunshine Girls led all the way. They were 14-11 up at the end of the first quarter and, at half-time, they were in front 32-24. They still led by eight (48-40) at the end of the third quarter and extended the advantage to 10 by the end of the match. Jamaica's world-rated goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler, led all scorers with 57 from 60 attempts.

England won the opening Test 55-45 and clinched the series with a 66-47 victory in the second Test.

Jamaica's starting seven: Goal shooter - Jhaniele Fowler, goal attack - Shanice Beckford, wing attack - Khadijah Williams, centre - Adean Thomas, wing defence - Latanya Wilson, goal defence - Shamera Sterling, and goalkeeper Kadie-Ann Dehaney.

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