Jamaica's Sunshine Girls’ fate at the Netball World Cup is now out of their hands following back to back defeats at the tournament in Liverpool, England. The Sunshine girls started the World Cup as one of the favourites after improving to number two in the world, but that all came crumbling down in two days.
Commonwealth champions England Roses handed the Jamaicans their second loss, beating them by eight goals, ending 56-48 on Monday. The Sunshine Girls were down by only two goals after the first 15 minutes at 14-12, but with the Roses supporters cheering loudly, the atmosphere inside the M & S Bank Arena went up a notch and they maintained their two goal lead to end the half 28-26.
The English came out of the break even more determined and quickly extended their lead to five goals before ending the third quarter on 44-36. Jhaniele Fowler who was excellent on the day with 43 goals from 43 attempts, kept the belief alive in the Sunshine Girls camp, but turnovers ruined their momentum.
On the final whistle, the Roses edged closer to the semi-finals and left the Sunshine Girls’ final four hopes hanging in the balance. The Sunshine Girls must now win their last two games against Scotland and Uganda and hope that South Africa or England lose two of their remaining games for them to stand a chance to advance to the semi-finals. The Sunshine Girls will play Scotland on Wednesday and Uganda on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in the other Group 'G' matches, South Africa defeated Scotland 66-38, and now have six points but now sit behind England who also have six points but a 7 goal advantage. In a closely contested game, Uganda secured a three goal win against Caribbean team Trinidad and Tobago at 57-54. The loss for T & T has seen them being eliminated from semi-final contention.