The Sunshine Girls went down by three goals to South Africa in a nail-biting encounter at the INF Netball World Cup on Sunday morning in Liverpool, England. This was South Africa's second win ever against Jamaica at a Netball World Cup. The match up was expected to be a closely contested and intense battle and it did not disappoint from the opening whistle to the end in the preliminaries stage one.
Both teams came in with victories over the last two days against Trinidad and Tobago and Fiji, but knew this would have been their toughest challenge. The South African "Spar Proteas" took command of the game, closing out the first quarter with a seven goal lead at 16-9.
South Africa kept their feet on the gas pedal and went into the half-time break leading by 11 goals, 32-21.The Sunshine Girls came roaring back however in the third quarter and outscored their opponents 17-10 but were still trailing 42-38.
With the top spot in the group on the line, the Sunshine Girls kept fighting and once again outscored South Africa 14-13 in the final quarter but still came up short as the South Africans won 55-52. Jhaniele Fowler shooting at 97%, registered 38 goals from 39 attempts while Shanice Beckford had 14 from 19.
Jamaica is now drawn in Group 'F' in the preliminaries stage two of the competition and will face England, Scotland and Uganda.They will play England on Monday morning at 9 o'clock Jamaica time.