The Sunshine Girls beat Australia 57-55 to secure first place in Pool A; England and New Zealand face off at 9 p.m. to determine the top spots in Pool B; the winner of the match between the hosts and Silver Ferns will face Australia in the semi-final, the loser will meet Jamaica in the other semi-final
Last update: 04/08/22 15:00
Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls beat the Australian Diamonds for the first time at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday morning to finish top of Pool A.
The Sunshine Girls’ 57-55 result brought them back from a six-goal deficit going into the final quarter.
Jamaica’s highly experienced shooter, Jhaniele Fowler, showed her precision by scoring 47 of her side’s 57 goals and their 17-9 final quarter secured their historic win.
The result means Jamaica end their time in Pool A as the only unbeaten team and seeded Australia have to settle for second place.
Australia vs Jamaica – Quarter by Quarter Scores
“It’s a bit surreal to beat Australia at the Commonwealth Games,” Fowler said afterwards.
“We’ve never done this before, but our team is amazing and we went out there and proved everyone wrong. It feels so good.
“Our mindset from the start was that we were as good as them, if not better. We have so much discipline and focus in our squad.”
The best Pool B placings will be decided at 9 p.m., when the defending champions England take on the reigning world champions New Zealand. The winner will face Australia in the semi-finals and the loser will face the in-form Sunshine Girls.
The two semi-finals are on Saturday, with the bronze medal and gold medal matches taking place on Sunday at the NEC Arena in Birmingham.
England showed exceptional versatility and built well in the netball competition held in Birmingham.
Jess Thirlby managed her team’s playing time well to ensure they approach the business end of the competition as fresh as possible.
England and New Zealand know each other well, having met 54 times before in their history, and this will be their seventh competition at the Commonwealth Games.
England have won their last three meetings, most recently in the Netball Quad Series in January and before that twice on New Zealand soil last September.