Sunshine Girls disappointed with Fast5 silver

By October 29, 2018
Ameliaranne Ekenasio of New Zealand runs into the arm of Shamera Sterling of Jamaica during the Fast5 Netball World Series Gold Medal match between New Zealand and Jamaica at Hisense Arena on October 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Ameliaranne Ekenasio of New Zealand runs into the arm of Shamera Sterling of Jamaica during the Fast5 Netball World Series Gold Medal match between New Zealand and Jamaica at Hisense Arena on October 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Despite producing some of the best netball at the recently concluded Fast5 Netball World Series, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls are not happy with the silver medal they earned in Melbourne Australia. 

Jamaica were one of the favourites to hoist the gold over the weekend, having finished in a similar position at the last event, but fell short, losing to New Zealand’s Silver Ferns, a dominant force in that form of the game.

Fast5 differs from traditional netball in a few important areas.

Firstly, the quarters are shorter, making for an action-packed game. In addition, the scoring in Fast5 is more dynamic. In traditional netball, each goal counts for one point, while in Fast5 there is a ring for a two pointer and beyond that teams can shoot for three points, what is called a ‘Super Shot’.

Each team gets one quarter where it has a powerplay. In that powerplay, the points awarded for each goal is doubled, meaning teams can either shoot for two, four or six points during the period.

Last year, Jamaica lost 29-34 to England in the final, a team they had beaten comprehensively (47-38) that same day.

The Jamaicans, who this time around, were the only team to beat New Zealand after a 29-28 result earlier on Sunday, but saw that result reversed in the gold-medal match, going down to the many-time champions 34-33.

 “We are disappointed because last year we were in the final and lost by one point, and those one-pointers always hurt the most,” said key defender for Jamaica, Vangelee Williams.

Despite the disappointment, there were a number of areas the Jamaicans excelled in.

On the statistics leaderboard Romelda Aiken topped all scorers, bagging 63 one-point goals from 65 attempts in the tournament. She wasn’t so good from longer range, scoring three two-pointers from 13 attempts and no three pointers from four attempts.

Aiken was also among the biggest rebounders in the tournament, finishing second with 15 grabs, just behind Malawi’s Loreen Ngiwira, who had 16. South Africa’s Sigrid Burger also had 15. Williams had nine rebounds, putting her ninth on the table. Goal Attack, Shanice Beckford, who made an impression with her two-point shooting, had 20 assists to finish seventh among all players, while her teammate, Khadijah Williams lead all players with 31.

Player of the tournament, Shamera Sterling, received the third most centre passes with 41, while she was the top interceptor, getting in the way of the opponents attacks some 10 times. She also had 14 deflections, tied at the top with Australia’s Kim Jenner.

Paul-Andre Walker

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