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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls snatched bronze at the Netball World Cup by outlasting New Zealand’s Silver Ferns, 52-45 here Sunday.
Superstar shooter Jhaniele Fowler netted 43 from 44 goals as the Caribbean powerhouses led 24-21 before maintaining their momentum in the second half at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, to come away with the win.
The success gave Jamaica their second win over New Zealand in the tournament and handed them their first Netball World Cup medal since the 2007 showpiece, ironically staged in New Zealand.
“I’m extremely proud of the performance we came out here and did today,” said Jamaican defender Jodi-Ann Ward.
“We were very disappointed yesterday because obviously we wanted to be in that gold medal match but we had to shake it off and come out here, and I’m extremely proud of the girls how they came out and performed.”
She continued: “We as a unit, we just wanted to execute because we didn’t do that very well yesterday. So we just wanted to come out here and execute as best as we could.
“Credit to New Zealand, they really put on a performance out there today. They forced us to change a lot of things that we would normally do, but I’m extremely proud that we came [out] with a win.”