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Latest from the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Americas

DAY 7

Trinidad & Tobago 47 – 69 Jamaica

Umpires: Wayne Bent & Moeth Gaymes, with O’neil Cockburn the reserve

Both of these teams were undefeated in the competition, with the winner of this match knowing that they would claim top spot in the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Americas. 

The match started at a high intensity as the players responded to the electric atmosphere coming from the fans. In the early stages, both teams were converting off their own centre pass as the match went goal-for-goal, however a great interception from Shaw at goal defence allowed the Sunshine Girls to take a slender lead.

Both Allison and Fowler were playing with lots of confidence as they were taking on shots from all areas of the shooting circle and scoring. At the first quarter break Jamaica had extended their lead with the score 21 – 11.

The momentum remained with Jamaica in the second quarter as Sutherland claimed an immediate turnover which they took to goal with ease. For the Calypso Girls when they played patiently the opportunity would come to find Noel, however they were often forcing it too early. 

Trinidad & Tobago threatened a comeback halfway through the quarter, reducing the Jamaica lead to just eight goals, but the Sunshine Girls pulled away again with the score at half-time Trinidad & Tobago 23 – 38 Jamaica.

As per the first half, Jamaica had an explosive start to the quarter with their goal- keeper, Creary, claiming a fantastic flying interception in the first minute, and it took Trinidad & Tobago two minutes to create a shooting opportunity.  

However, Trinidad & Tobago grew into the quarter with their centre-court players beginning to feel more confident feeding both of their shooters, as Cooper and Noel were finding spaces under the post resulting in their highest-scoring quarter.

With 15 minutes remaining the score was Trinidad & Tobago 38 – 57 Jamaica.

Trinidad & Tobago managed to reduce the Sunshine Girls scoring rate in the final quarter with Greene-Noel and McEachrane claiming interceptions and putting the Jamaica shooters under pressure.

However, it was Jamaica that claimed top spot at the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Americas as they went on to win 69 – 47 finishing the competition unbeaten.

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St Vincent and the Grenadines 69 – 50 Grenada 

Umpires: Joel Brown & Joel Young-Strong, with Terrance Peart the reserve

On the final of the Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Americas, it was still possible for Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada to qualify to be invited to the Netball World Cup 2023. 

For either St Vincent & the Grenadines or Grenada to qualify they would need to win this match, and then would rely on Antigua & Barbuda beating Barbados in the last match of the series. 

It was clear from the first whistle of this match that both teams were fighting to keep their qualification chance alive, and by the first break nothing could separate the two teams as the score sat at 16 – 16 leaving a big 45-minutes of competition ahead. 

Grenada got the second quarter underway with the first centre pass, but it was St Vincent and the Grenadines that had the picture perfect start with their goal keeper making the first interception of the quarter which their goal defence was their to collect, allowing St Vincent and the Grenadines to take an early 18 – 16 lead. 

That first interception went on to set the tone for the quarter, with St Vincent and the Grenadines putting on a memorable second quarter performance throughout the court, as they scored 21 goals and extended their lead to 37-29. 

The penultimate quarter then promised more of the same, with St Vincent and the Grenadines goal shooter, Mary-Ann Fredrick, having arguably her best match so far as she continued to be unfazed by the double mark and converted her chances under the post to keep her team in the lead. 

As the clock ran down on the third quarter, Grenada stepped up their performance and began to apply more pressure throughout court, but it was too little too late that quarter as St Vincent and the Grenadines still led 49 – 41 at the final break. 

The fourth and final quarter then went on the be a repeat of the second quarter, with St Vincent and the Grenadines coming out the blocks firing and never tiering to take the win 69 – 50.

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RESULTS

DATETIME (GMT-5)     
16th October9:15amCayman Islands2767Barbados
16th October9:25amAntigua & Barbuda2455Trinidad & Tobago
16th October11:15amUSA2451St Vincent & the Grenadines
16th October11:25amGrenada5345St Lucia
16th October18:15pmTrinidad & Tobago6325St Lucia
16th October18:25pmCayman Islands4050Grenada
16th October20:15pmJamaica7435St Vincent & the Grenadines
16th October20:25pmAntigua & Barbuda2234USA
17th October18:15pmGrenada6229Antigua & Barbuda
17th October18:25pmSt Vincent & the Grenadines4249Trinidad & Tobago
17th October20:15pmUSA1670Jamaica
17th October20:25pmSt Lucia2658Barbados
18th October18:15pmGrenada4266Trinidad & Tobago
18th October18:25pmCayman Islands2781Jamaica
18th October20:15pmUSA2647Barbados
18th October20:25pmSt Vincent & the Grenadines4936St Lucia
19th October09:15amJamaica 8023Antigua & Barbuda
19th October09:25amGrenada3860Barbados
19th October11:15amTrinidad & Tobago6021Cayman Islands
19th October11:25amUSA4636St Lucia
19th October18:15pmBarbados5736St Vincent & the Grenadines
19th October18:25pmJamaica 7448Grenada
19th October20:15pmTrinidad & Tobago4327USA
19th October20:25pmAntigua & Barbuda4247Cayman Islands
20th October18:15pmSt Lucia3085Jamaica
20th October18:25pmSt Vincent & the Grenadines6630Antigua & Barbuda
20th October20:15pmTrinidad & Tobago5040Barbados
20th October20:25pmUSA4435Cayman Islands
21st October18:15pmAntigua & Barbuda3254St Lucia
21st October18:25pmUSA3658Grenada
21st October20:15pmJamaica 7537Barbados
21st October20:25pmSt Vincent & the Grenadines 6945Cayman Islands
22nd October15:15pmSt Vincent & the Grenadines 6950Grenada
22nd October15:25pmCayman Islands3337St Lucia
22nd October17:15pmTrinidad & Tobago4769Jamaica
22nd October17:25pmBarbados6829Antigua & Barbuda

STANDINGS

 NAMEMATCHES PLAYEDPOINTS
1Jamaica 816
2Trinidad & Tobago814
3Barbados812
4Grenada810
5St Vincent & the Grenadines810
6USA86
7St Lucia84
8Cayman Islands82
9Antigua & Barbuda80

*Please note for the purpose of this table if teams are on the same points they have been ordered alphabetically. In the case of a tie at the end of the tournament, goal percentage will be used to decide final positioning. 

DAY 6

Jamaica 75 – 37 Barbados

Umpires: Tracey-Ann Griffiths & Michele Maynard, with Wayne Bent the reserve 

The Sunshine Girls came into this match unbeaten, whilst The Bajan Gems had lost just one match against Trinidad & Tobago on day 5.

It was an even start to the match with both sides converting off their own centre passes. Barbados were working the ball to the circle edge well, with Blackman at goal attack looking confident under the post, however a turnover by Plummer gave the Sunshine Girls the momentum as they claimed a 19 – 14 lead at the first break. 

The second quarter began with a Jamaica turnover as they forced the Bajan Gem into playing a ball off the backline, and they had no issues converting with Fowler looking clinical.

The Sunshine Girls scored the first four goals with no reply as they started to look dominant throughout the court. They were defending as one unit with Plummer claiming a number of interceptions. Jamaica scored 23 goals during this quarter to lead 42-24 at half-time. 

Both sides made a number of changes for the second half, and the Bajan Gems claimed a number of interceptions in the early stages, however all loose balls were claimed by the Sunshine Girls. 

Jamaica hit 50 goals halfway through the quarter, and went on to lead 62-32 with 15 minutes remaining in the match.

More changes were made in the final quarter, which disrupted the flow of both sides. However it all looked very comfortable for Jamaica as they went on to win the match 75-37.

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Antigua & Barbuda 32 – 54 St Lucia

Umpires: Lilia Mathurin Cameron & Terrance Peart, with Moeth Gaymes the reserve

Both sides were looking for their first victory of the tournament in the first match of day 6 and it was a scrappy start to the match with some early nerves on show, as both sides gave the ball away a number of times.

However, St Lucia began to settle with their captain, Snyder, influential throughout the court at wing attack, and at the first break they led 15-8.

The momentum was with St Lucia in the second quarter, and they claimed an immediate turnover to extend their lead. The St Lucia shooting duo were working together well, often finding the shooter to shooter ball and rotating the circle well, as they scored another 15 goals during the quarter.

At half-time the score was Antigua & Barbuda 18 – St Lucia 30. 

Antigua & Barbuda knew they needed lots of turnovers, and they were applying a tight man-on-man defence throughout the court, which was creating St Lucia mistakes, however Antigua & Barbuda often gave the ball away immediately after claiming a turnover.

For St Lucia, Maxwell at goal shooter was holding her space well and looked confident under the post, with 15 minutes remaining the score was Antigua & Barbuda 25 – 43 St Lucia.

The first two goals of the final quarter were scored by Antigua & Barbuda as they looked to finish the match strong, however, the St Lucia lead was too much for them with the final score Antigua & Barbuda 32 – 54 St Lucia. This victory gave St Lucia their first win of the tournament. 

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DAY 5

Trinidad & Tobago 50 – 40 Barbados

Umpires: Tracey-Ann Griffiths & Terrance Peart, with Wayne Bent the reserve 

These two sides had already competed once this year during the Commonwealth Games, and it was Trinidad & Tobago who came out on top on that occasion winning 63-31, however, both sides came into this match unbeaten throughout the tournament and high in confidence. 

It was the defence of both teams that were dominant in the early stages as it took two minutes for the first goal to be scored. The Calypso Girls circle defence of McCarthy and Greene-Noel were working together in tandem as they limited Barbados to just seven goals in the first 15 minutes. At the first break Trinidad & Tobago had the lead with the score 12 – 7.

The Bajan Gems started the second quarter well, with Azore-Bruce producing a fantastic flying interception in the early stages to give her side momentum. They reduced the deficit to just two goals with four minutes remaining in the quarter, and thanks to a Wharton goal on the buzzer, the score at half-time was Trinidad & Tobago 22 – 21 Barbardos.

Trinidad & Tobago began to pull away five minutes into the second half, as despite significant Barbados defensive pressure, they were working the ball patiently to goal. Greene-Noel at goal keeper for Trinidad & Tobago claimed a number of turnovers for her side as they extended their lead to five goals with 15 minutes remaining. 

The Calypso Girls secured an immediate turnover in the final fifteen minutes, which helped calm their nerves, as they knew Barbados were still capable of turning this match around. 

However, Trinidad & Tobago produced a professional final quarter display, looking after the ball when they had possession and not allowing Barbados to gain any momentum, meaning that they kept their unbeaten record with the final score Trinidad & Tobago 50 – 40 Barbados. 

Congratulations to Trinidad & Tobago who will now be invited by World Netball to compete at the Netball World Cup 2023

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St Lucia 30 – 85 Jamaica

Umpires: Lilia Mathurin Cameron & Joel Brown, with Moeth Gaymes the reserve 

The first match of day 5 saw St Lucia, who were looking for their first win, against Jamaica, who were yet to lose a match. 

Jamaica started the match with a high intensity to their play, as St Lucia struggled to find a player off their own centre pass with the Jamaican centre court duo of Sutherland and Hunter applying a tight man-on-man defence. The Sunshine Girls also looked fluid in attack as they raced into a 25 – 6 lead at the first quarter break.

St Lucia were trying to play patiently in the second 15 minutes, as they looked to play the ball backwards rather than forcing it forewards, but they struggled to find opportunities to feed into the circle.

For Jamaica, Allison at goal shooter was always presenting an option to her teammates, and missed just one shot in the first 30 minutes, with the score at half-time St Lucia 14 – 43 Jamaica. 

A number of changes were made by Jamaica for the second half as they looked to give their whole squad some court time, and their new centre, Walker, made an immediate impact with an interception off St Lucia’s first centre pass. They continued to work the ball accurately through the court and around the circle, as they went into the final break leading 68-20.

St Lucia produced their best display in the final 15 minutes with their goal shooter Maxwell holding well and their centre court growing in confidence to feed her, as they netted 10 goals during the quarter. 

But, it was a dominant display by the Sunshine Girls as they scored their highest goal-scoring tally this tournament and remain unbeaten in the competition. Full-time score St Lucia 30 – 85 Jamaica.

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DAY 4

Trinidad & Tobago 43 – 27 USA

Umpires: Wayne Bent & Moeth Gaymes, with Tracey-Ann Griffiths the reserve

It was no suprise that it was Trinidad & Tobago who took an early lead as they came into this match unbeaten and were playing with a high level of confidence.

They were both attacking and defending as one unit, as they raced into an impressive 10-goal lead at the first break. 

It was a much slower start to the second quarter with both sides misplacing passes and giving away the ball as just three goals were scored in the first five minutes.

It was a much stronger quarter from the USA as they began to turnover ball limiting Trinidad & Tobago to just eight goals in the quarter, with the half-time score Trinidad & Tobago 26 – 13 USA.

Both sides made changes for the second half, and it brought more energy to Trinidad & Tobago’s play as they returned to the intensity they’d played at in the first quarter. The USA were trying to remain patient in their play, however they were rarely breaking through the impressive Trinidad & Tobago defence, meaning with 15 minutes left the score was 37 – 19. 

Just like the second quarter, USA showed that they had plenty of fight and put on an impressive final quarter display as they won the quarter 8-6, but Trinidad & Tobago had already taken the match away from the USA with the final score 43 – 27.

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Barbados 57 – 36 St Vincent & The Grenadines

Umpires: Terrance Peart & Tracey-Ann Griffiths, with Joel Brown the reserve

The fifth match of day 4 saw another unbeaten side, Barbados, take on St Vincent & The Grenadines who were looking for their third victory. 

Both sides settled into the match well and were converting off their own centre passes with the defensive units having very few opportunities to claim any turnovers.

St Vincent & The Grenadines took the first slender advantage as they played with great care when in possession meaning they took a two goal lead into the first break.

The match was being played at a high intensity with both sides looking to move the ball with speed through the court, however, St Vincent & The Grenadines found themselves behind within the first five minutes of the quarter, as they began to force the ball into the circle which was being cut off by the Bajan Gems defence. A goal on the buzzer gave Barbados a 25 – 20 goal lead at half-time. 

It was a confident start to the second half by Barbados with their circle defence doubling up on the goal shooter meaning that St Vincent & The Grenadines were often having to play backwards. The match was won for Barbados in this quarter as they extended their lead to 17 goals with just 15 minutes to play. 

An immediate turnover in the final quarter allowed Barbados to continue with the momentum, and they eventually came out on top by 21 goals, with the score Barbados 57 – 36 St Vincent & The Grenadines.

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Trinidad & Tobago 60 – 21 Cayman Islands

Umpires: O’neil Cockburn & Moeth Gaymes, with Terrance Peart the reserve

Trinidad and Tobago were looking to continue their unbeaten record, whilst Cayman Islands were seeking their first victory of the tournament in the third match of day 4. 

It was Trinidad & Tobago that started the stronger out of the two sides as they raced into a four-goal lead in the first two minutes of the match. Trinidad & Tobago’s dominant start led to Cayman Islands making early changes to their starting seven in an attempt to change the flow of the match, however Trinidad & Tobago led by 14 at the first quarter break scoring an impressive 21 goals.

Once again, Trinidad & Tobago got off to a flying start in the second quarter as they looked dominant throughout the court, with Cayman Islands unable to work the ball to their shooters as it took them six minutes to net a goal. 

The Trinidad & Tobago circle defence continued to pile on the pressure with Cayman Islands scoring just four goals in the quarter, with the half-time score Trinidad & Tobago 37 – 11 Cayman Islands. 

The pattern continued in the second half with Cayman Islands creating few opportunities on goal as Trinidad & Tobago seemed to be covering all areas of the court and they led 52 – 14 with 15 minutes remaining. 

Cayman Islands came out fighting in the final quarter, losing the quarter by just one goal. Overall it was a dominant display by the unbeaten side as they took the victory 60 – 21. 

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Jamaica 80 – 23 Antigua & Barbuda

Umpires: Joel Brown & Terrance Peart, with Tracey-Ann Griffiths the reserve.

To the surprise of the unbeaten Jamaica team, their match with Antigua & Barbuda got off to a close start. 

With 5 minutes played the score sat at 3-3, with both teams having a slower start than usual. 

The Sunshine Girls soon began to shine in defence though, keeping Antigua & Barbuda’s goal scoring tally at 3 for 7-minutes, before they managed to net two more before quarter time. 

After the Jamaica wash out in final minutes of the first quarter, Antigua & Barbuda had a much stronger second 15-minutes. 

They scored three early goals, taking the score to 23 – 8 with 5 minutes played, and they then went on to score another 7 goals, doubling their first quarter goal scoring tally.

Jamaica led 40-15 at the start of the second-half, and they went on to have their strongest quarter yet only allowing Antigua & Barbuda to score 4 goals, 3 of which came in the final 3 minutes.  

By the time the current World Netball world ranked number 3 team, Jamaica, reached the final break of the game they had full control and were winning 57 – 18, on target to getting their 4th win. 

After an hours play, the Sunshine Girls went on to win the match 80 – 23. 

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DAY 3

USA 26 – 47 Barbados

Umpries: O’neil Cockburn & Joel Young-Strong, with Moeth Gaymes the reserve.

The third match of the day got off to a close start with both teams coming our firing for more. 

It was a family affair for the USA in the attacking circle with mother daughter duo, Anciel Langiange and Aniyah Langiagne, combining well together to capitalise of the USA’s hard work and take an early 3-2 lead. 

The rest of the first quarter remained extremely tight, with the Barbados Gems just pulling away in the final minutes to take a 10 – 8 lead.

Things went from better to worse for the Gems in the second quarter as cracks began to show in their performance. 

The USA didn’t always have a forward option, but they played with patience in attack using the back options when needed and making sure they found their way to their shooters. 

When the score sat at 13 – 13, the USA goal keeper, Tishuana Daley, made a crucial interception which allowed her side to go up the other end and score and take the lead 14 – 13, which they then extended by scoring off their own centre pass. 

In a turn of events from the first quarter, it was a lead that the USA managed to hang on too, as they went into half-time leading 16 – 15, leaving a big second half ahead. 

The next half an hour continued to be a game all about the defensive battles on court with both sets of circle defenders making all important interceptions to keep their teams in the game. 

It wasn’t until the the second half of the third quarter than Barbados took back control of the game, capitalising of the USA shooters not being able to convert their chances. 

Even though Barbados took a 19 – 28 lead into the final 15-minutes the match was far from done, as the USA had shown in the second quarter they were capable of coming from behind. 

However, this time it was too much to ask and it was Barbados that took the win 26 – 47.

Grenada 42 – 66 Trinidad & Tobago

Umpires: Moeth Gaymes & Tracy-Ann Griffiths, with Terrence  Peart the reserve. 

The first match of day 3 saw two of the qualifiers unbeaten teams, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago go head to head. 

The pressure to remain unbeaten and on the road to Cape Town seemed to get to Grenada in the opening minutes, as they lost their first centre pass and allowed Trinidad & Tobago to take an early 2-0 lead. 

Trinidad & Tobago applied intense pressure in the centre third, not allowing Grenada any space at all to move the ball through court and making them worse twice as hard to reach goal. 

At the other end, Grenada’s goal keeper, Ranisha Stafford, grew into the match making a fantastic tip in the circle which went out for a backline delaying the Calypso Girls route to goal which was very important against a team that plays with so much speed. 

With six minutes to go in the first quarter, Grenada only trailed by 1, however Trinidad & Tobago then started to capitalise on Grenada’s errors, and managed to build a 12 – 17 in the last 5 minutes to take into the first break. 

As the second quarter got underway, it was clear from the off that if Grenada were going to catch up with the Calypso Girls then they needed to keep the ball away from clinical shooter Afeisha Noel who was really stepping up to the occasion out on court. 

As Grenada failed to control the shooter, Trinidad & Tobago took their biggest lead of the night so far, 13 – 20, which by half-time they had made to a 12 goal lead, putting their 4th win within touching distance. 

Grenada had other ideas in the third quarter though, and they weren’t allowed to let their unbeaten streak be ended without a fight. 

The team scored the first three goals of the third quarter, putting their mark well and truly back on the contest with only 9 goals between the two sides again. 

The Calypso Girls reacted well the comeback from Grenada, and pulled away again to lead 29 – 49 at the final break. 

The Trinidad & Tobago team then finished off the match in style, with Tiana Dillion (GA) and Aeisha Noel continuing to link up well, and securing their team a 42 – 66 victory. 

DAY 2

USA 16 – 70 Jamaica 

Umpires: O’Neil Cockburn & Moeth Gaymes, with Lilia Mathurin Cameron the reserve.

The next team to take on current World Netball world ranked number three Jamaica, was the USA.

The USA defenders were working hard in the opening minutes trying to double mark the shooting sensation that is Jhaniele Fowler, however they were then leaving an equally talented shooter in Kelsey Jonas unmarked and Jonas took advantage of this to help give Jamaica an early lead. 

The process remained much the same for the duration of the first quarter, with Jamaica fluid and fast in attack, finding their shooters with ease, and taking a 7-18 lead into the first interval. 

In the second quarter the Sunshine Girls rotated their attack, bringing on new players at centre, wing attack, goal attack and goal shoot. 

However, despite the change the play remained the same from Jamaica as they made the USA work hard in all areas of the court. 

One player from the USA that worked consistently hard throughout two thirds of the court, was goal attack Aniyah Langiagre, she not only did her first job in attack, she then got up court to apply pressure in the centre third whenever Jamaica were on the attack.

However, no matter how much pressure the USA applied their was just no stopping this on form Jamaica side, as they took a 8 – 36 lead into half-time. 

After scoring only one goal in the second quarter, the USA managed to find the net 4 times in the third quarter with their persistence to keep working paying off. 

The Sunshine Girls still remained out of touch though, as they led 12 – 55 with 15 minutes remaining, a lead which they continued to extend until they reached 70 goals for the second time this qualifiers so far to win 16 – 70. 

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Grenada 62 – 29 Antigua & Barbuda 

Umpires: Kanika Paul-Payne & Joel Young-Strong, with Joel Brown the reserve. 

The first match of day two saw Grenada take on Antigua & Barbuda. 

Both teams went into the match following very different starts to the competition, for Grenada it was all about continuing to remain unbeaten after they secured two wins on day one, whilst Antigua & Barbuda were still searching for their first victory after suffering two defeats on the previous day. 

In the opening minutes of the match the two teams different starts to the tournament were not clear, with both Grenada and Antigua & Barbuda both having a positive start to the match and the score sitting at 3-3 after 5 minutes, after both teams had scored of each others centre passes at one point in the opening stages.

However, as the quarter progressed Grenada pulled away with centre Cecile Howell continuing to find clinical shooter Lottysha Cato  and with ease, allowing her side to take a 15 – 5 lead into the first break. 

Grenada used the second quarter to mark their dominance, with their circle defence starting to strengthen their partnership putting more pressure on the Antigua & Barbuda shooters and stopping them from having as many shots on goal. 

With just over 11 minutes left of the quarter Antigua & Barbuda finally scored, but Grenada had already netted 5 goals and were on their way to reaching their highest goal scoring tally so far this qualifiers. 

The penultimate quarter started with Antigua & Barbuda trailing by 24, however they had a much more positive start to the second half with their goal attack Amey Lake scoring in the opening minute. 

That first goal set the tone for the quarter, with Grenada slowing down little and Antigua and Barbuda able to stop the gap increasing too much, as they entered the final quarter behind by 26 goals. 

By the final quarter Grenada were back in their rhythm, and they won the match 62 – 29,  with both teams scoring their highest number of goals so far. 

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DAY 1

Netball Jamaica 74 – 35 St Vincent & The Grenadines

Umpires: Joel Brown & Wayne Bent, with Joel Young-Strong the reserve.

The final streamed match of day 1 saw the hosts of the qualifiers and already qualified, Jamaica, take on St Vincent & the Grenadines. 

The opening few minutes were promising from St Vincent & the Grenadines, as they scored off their first two centre passes. 

Utilising every opportunity was essential for St Vincent & the Grenadines, against a strong Jamaica side who recently finished 2nd at the Birmingham 2022 (B2022) Commonwealth Games. 

Just like at B2022, Jhaniele Fowler, was a vocal leader for the Sunshine Girls and a dependable shooter under the post, as she shot at 100% in the first 15-minutes, giving her team an 18 – 8 lead. 

Half way through the second quarter, St Vincent & the Grenadines had added just one goal to the the board, whilst Jamaica had converted another 8 goals showing just why they are currently ranked world number 3. 

St Vincent and the Grenadines struggled to bring the ball through the court, but that did not stop them from trying as they worked tirelessly throughout court until the half-time whistle came as the score sat at 41 – 15 to Jamaica. 

The visiting team used half-time to re-group and go again in the second half against Jamaica, and they went on to have their best quarter yet scoring 9 goals, the most they had scored in a 15-minute period. 

The constant improvement from St Vincent & the Grenadines showed just how much they were learning from this tough contest. 

Despite starting the 4th quarter 61 – 24 down, they still showed signs of improvement, again beating their goal scoring tally as they scored another 10 goals, whilst also keeping Jamaica’s 4th quarter goal scoring tally down to 13, a commendable team effort to be proud of. 

The match finished 74-35 to Jamaica. 

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Trinidad & Tobago 63 – 25 St Lucia

Umpires: Tracy-Ann Griffiths & Michele Maynard, with Lilia Mathurin-Cameron the reserve. 

Keeping with the theme of the day the third match of the day got off to a frantic start, with a multiple turnovers and errors from both teams. 

It was then Trinidad & Tobago that settled first, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes. 

When given the opportunity, St Lucia’s shooters were clinical in the opening minutes scoring from their three chance to get back within one of higher ranked Trinidad & Tobago. 

St Lucia’s continued to work hard to stay within touching distance of the Calypso Girls, but as the first break arrived it was Trinidad & Tobago still in the lead, 17 – 7.  

The Calypso Girls then commanded the second quarter, adding 15 more goals to their tally with their wing attack Janeisha Cassimy constantly putting in the perfect feed to Afeisha Noel at goal shoot. 

The second half promised more of the same, as the Calypso Girls made lots of changes to allow all 12 of their players to take to court. 

Despite the changes, the performance remained much the same as they dominated throughout court, keeping St Lucia’s second half goal scoring tally down to 9, whilst also capitalising on their errors to take the win, 63 – 25. 

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USA 24 – 51 St Vincent & The Grenadines

The second match on day 1 started in a similar fashion to the first match with plenty of nerves on show leading to misplaced passes and a lack of goals.

St Vincent & The Grenadines then began to play with more patience and looked after the ball when in possession, at the first quarter break the score was USA 3 – 15 St Vincent & The Grenadines.

The St Vincent & The Grenadines circle defence were shutting down all available space in the USA shooting circle, as the USA were finding it extremely difficult to get the ball into the circle.

Whilst, the USA defence were also claiming turnovers, they rarely converted from these chances, meaning at half-time St Vincent & The Grenadines led 30 – 9. 

St Vincent & The Grenadines continued to dominate proceedings at the start of the second half, despite USA making changes to their shooting circle.

However, USA kept fighting and were able to stop the flow of goals from St Vincent & The Grenadines and create more opportunities themselves on goal. The score in this quarter was USA 6 – 7 St Vincent & The Grenadines, but due to their strong first half St Vincent & The Grenadines led 37 – 15 at the break. 

USA were looking stronger in attack as the match went on, as their shooting combination began to work together and create spaces for their centre-court players to feed them. Despite a much improved second half by the USA, it was St Vincent & The Grenadines that secured their first victory of the tournament with the final score USA 24 – 51 St Vincent & The Grenadines. 

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Cayman Islands 27 – 67 Barbados

Cayman Islands faced Barbados in the first match of the final Netball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, and it was Barbados that secured the first victory of the tournament with a dominant display.

Both teams looked nervous in the early stages with misplaced passes and shots, with the match going goal-for-goal. The Cayman Islands defence were creating numerous turnovers, but on several occasions would give the ball back to the Barbados immediately.

Barbados finished the quarter well with the score Cayman Islands 9 – 13 Barbados.

Barbados started to look much more fluid in attack working the ball effectively around the circle edge and finding their shooters under the post, with their shooters looking more clinical as the match progressed. Barbados raced into an 11-goal lead within the first five minutes of the quarter.

The Cayman Islands began to start forcing the ball into their shooters, which the Barbados defence were turning over with ease. At half-time the score was Cayman Islands 13 – 34 Barbados.

Both teams made just one change for the start of the second half, however this did not disrupt the flow of the Bajan Gems as they continued to force misplaced passes from Cayman Islands and were converting from their turnovers. Barbados extended their lead to 27 goals in the third quarter, with the score at the break 21 – 48. 

The Cayman Islands continued to show fight in the final quarter, but they were still unable to work the ball to their shooters frequently enough. Despite a nervous first quarter, Barbados looked strong throughout with the full-time score Cayman Islands 27 – 67 Barbados. 

International fans can watch selected matches live or on-demand on NetballPass

ABOUT THE EVENT

The Netball World Cup Qualifiers – Americas will run from the 16th – 22nd October in Jamaica. 

The event will involve hosts Jamaica, as well as Cayman Islands, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St Lucia, USA and St Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The event will be played in a round-robin format and draws will not be allowed. 

Teams will be awarded 2 points for a win and 0 points for a loss. 

In the event of a draw at full-time, the following process will take place: 

  • A four (4) minute interval shall be taken at the end of the fourth quarter before extra time commences. Substitutions/team changes can be made during this four (4) minute interval.
  • Teams shall change ends and play will continue for two (2) seven (7) minute halves. The team entitled to the next centre pass commences play. A one (1) minute interval shall be taken at the end of the first seven (7) minute half. Substitutions/team changes can be made during this one (1) minute interval.
  • Teams will change ends at the end of the first seven (7) minute half. The team entitled to the next centre pass commences play.
  • If, at the end of the second period of seven (7) minutes – a Team is one or more goals ahead the game is ended.
  • If the game is still drawn at the end of the second half, play will continue without a break until one (1) team has a two (2) goal advantage.
The top two teams from the event will then qualify to be invited by World Netball to the Netball World Cup 2023 (NWC2023) in South Africa. This does not include Jamaica, who will only be playing for WN World Rankings points in the qualifiers, due to already qualifying for the NWC2023 because of their WN World Ranking as of the 12th August. 

SCHEDULE

HOW TO FOLLOW

For international supporters, where rights haven’t been sold*, half of the matches will be available to watch live on NetballPass. These matches are clearly labelled ‘live stream’ in the schedule above.

For those living where rights have been sold*, the same matches selected for live stream will be available on SportsMax.

*Rights have been sold to SportsMax in the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands (including Tortola), Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Eustatius, St. Barths, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Saint Maarten, St. Martin, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jamaica.

OFFICIALS

World Netball has selected the following officials for the event:

UAP

  • Deborah Lynch
  • Yvette Smith
  • Chris Campbell
  • Anne Marie Dickson-Lewis 

Umpires

  • Joel Young-Strong
  • Joel Brown
  • Lilia Mathurin-Cameron
  • Tracy-Ann Griffiths
  • Terrence Peart
  • Wayne Benti
  • Michele Maynard
  • Moeth Gaymes
  • Kanika Paul-Payne
  • O`Neil Cockburn

Congratulations to all those selected!

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