...Jamaicans take 3rd
Jamaica beat England 52-33 to take the bronze at the World Youth Netball Championships yesterday.
In a repeat of the 2009 Championship, both teams battled for the third position with the Caribbean side securing the win.
This was the fourth time England and Jamaica have faced each other in seven weeks, and the Jamaicans were a confident outfit from the start, having won the previous three meets.
Jamaican captain Vangelee Williams described the start as “rocky”, but her team pulled out all the stops after half time, managing to score seven times without reply from England.
Coach Oberon Williams told the team to “finish the game and stay focused” at three quarter time. They took it on board and ran out to the final whistle with a comfortable lead.
Williams was elated for the team, saying they did it for their injured shooter Shantal Slater.
“All of them know they could have done that little bit better.” said coach Colette Thomson of England. “There were a few bad passes, a few missed shots but we still felt we had a chance of winning today.”
Thomson said the English were aiming for a medal and knew the result would be hurting the girls. “To finish fourth is always the toughest place to finish. We gave it our best shot, and our best today wasn’t good enough.”