INF World Ranking - 11
Nickname - The Bajan Gems
Capital city - Bridgetown
Population - 284,000
Best Commonwealth Games Finish - 7th (2010)
Barbados have been ever present at all of the netball events at the Commonwealth Games. Alongside Barbados, only Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica and South Africa have been ever presents. Their highest placed finish was in Delhi 2010 where they finished 7th.
In the twenty two games Barbados have had at the Commonwealth Games they have been victorious on eight occasions leaving them with a 36% winning record.
During Glasgow 2014, Barbados scored 215 goals which was the ninth highest. Shonette Azore was the player with the highest amount of interceptions during Glasgow 2014 with twenty four.
Barbados hosted fellow Commonwealth Games competitors, Uganda, in a three match test series in March. Barbados did slip to a 2-1 series defeat, however, their 42-38 victory in the second test certainly showed that the Bajan Gems can be a threat in this competition. Read more about that series here.
Five members of the Bajan Gems squad have participated at a Commonwealth Games before, including Vice Captain, Latonia Blackman who will be entering her fifth Commonwealth Games campaign. This is an extraordinary feat considering Gold Coast 2018 will only be the sixth time that netball has been staged at the Commonwealth Games.
Blackman made her Commonwealth Games debut at Manchester 2002 in which the Gems finished 9th overall. She was recently awarded Senior Female Athlete of the Year and the President’s Award at the annual Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) Awards ceremony. Read more here. Nobody has played more times for the Bajan Gems than Latonia Blackman.
In contrast, Barbados will send five Commonwealth Games debutantes to the Gold Coast. They are Tonisha Rock-Yaw, Shonte Seale, Teresa Howell, Rieah Holder and Vanessa Bobb.
Elsewhere, Damisha Croney will participate in her third Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. She has played in Delhi 2010 and in Glasgow 2014. Shonette Azore, Rhe-Ann Niles and Shonica Wharton were also present at Glasgow 2014.
Match Schedule – Preliminary Rounds
First up for Barbados is a game against the hosts and reigning gold medalists, Australia. This fixture has happened at all but one Commonwealth Games, with Australia being victorious each time.
Next will be a tie with Fiji. This match last took place in the Games at Manchester 2002 in which Barbados was victorious 46-44.
Barbados face fellow ever presents, Jamaica, in their third game. This fixture took place in the first three netball tournaments at the Commonwealth Games but has not happened since. Barbados have yet to register a victory over the Sunshine Girls at the Games.
Barbados and Northern Ireland have never met at the Commonwealth Games but will do for the fist time ever in Barbados’s fourth match.
Finally, Barbados play South Africa. Similar to Jamaica, Barbados have met South Africa three times at the Commonwealth Games. Barbados have yet to get the better of the Proteas on the Commonwealth stage. The closest they came was in Delhi 2010, losing 59-43.
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