Sunshine Girls have ground to make up on second day of Fast5

By October 27, 2018
Jamaica playing against Malawi in the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne, Australia. Jamaica playing against Malawi in the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne, Australia.

Two wins and a loss on the first day of the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne, Australia leave Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls with some work to do. 

The Sunshine Girls started brightly on Friday with a 47-27 win over South Africa but then were hurt by the hosts, who were comfortable 37-22 winners. The Jamaicans would bounce back later with a very close 35-30 win over Malawi.

The results mean the Jamaicans lie third on the six-team table with four points, the same as Australia. Both are behind New Zealand, who have been perfect from their three games.

Jamaica will open tonight’s action against New Zealand in a fixture they will have to outdo themselves in to win.

They will then go up against England to decide who plays who for what medals.

Jamaica’s Khadijah Williams with 13 assists lies second overall among goal attacks, while Romelda Aiken is second among shooters with 22 one-point goals and three two-point goals.

In Fast5 netball, players can shoot for one, two, or three points.

Vangelee Williams is currently third on the list of players with the most rebounds with eight, while Aiken figures highly in this category as well, notching six from last night’s round of games.

Against South Africa, Jamaica started the slower of the teams, finding themselves behind 11-9, before an 8-4 second quarter gave them a two-point lead going into the second half. The Jamaicans were completely outplayed in the third quarter however, as South Africa went into the final stanza 27-23 leaders.

However, an amazing defensive display from the Jamaicans, who scored 24 in the fourth quarter without conceding a single goal, ensured a comfortable victory.

Against Australia, it was the Jamaicans who started fastest, in a first quarter that was all about defence.

The Jamaicans would lead 5-3 at the end of that quarter, but that was the last time they would find themselves ahead.

The Australians outscored them 14-7 in that second quarter to go into the half 17-12 leaders.

The third quarter would yield more dominance from the Australians who outshot the visitors 11-4, and then 9-6 in the final quarter for a comfortable win.

When the Jamaicans played Malawi, it was important to get back to winning ways and the Sunshine Girls started really well, outscoring their opponents, 11-5. They would continue to keep the Malawi side at bay, running out 9-5 winners in the second quarter to go into the half leading 20-10. Things would change dramatically in the third quarter, however, as Malawi outscored the Jamaicans 18-7 to take a slim 28-27 lead into the final quarter.

The Jamaicans would rebound, however, and outscore Malawi 8-2 in the final quarter to earn a five-goal win.  

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at 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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