Sterling not surprised by Fast5 player of the tournament award

By October 28, 2018
Jamaica's Shamera Sterling Jamaica's Shamera Sterling

Jamaica Sunshine Girls defender Shamera Sterling was named the player of the series, on the back of the country’s silver medal-winning performance at the just concluded Fast Five Netball World Series.

The 23-year-old Sterling became the first defensive player to claim the award when she played a starring role in the Caribbean team’s campaign.  The Sunshine Girls captured their third silver medal at the tournament following a 34-33 loss to the Kiwis, who they had beaten by an identical margin earlier in the tournament.

The outstanding Sterling posted dominant defensive statistics throughout the tournament.  The Jamaican led the league in interceptions with 10, ahead of Malawi’s Loreen Ngwira (8) and England’s Layla Guscoth (7).  She was also tied for deflections along with Kim Jenner on 14 with Guscoth second on 12 and New Zealand’s Sulu Fitzpatrick third on 11.

"I just came here to do my job with my defensive skills. I'm a great defender so I expected something big," Sterling said.

"We're together as one like sisters and I think that's what helped bring us to the finals today,” he added.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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