NWC2023: Jamaica 75 – Wales 40
Jamaica scored yet another big victory at the Netball World Cup 2023They beat Wales 75-40 in Cape Town. This after crossing the 100-mark against Sri Lanka on Friday. Their 105 was the highest score on day 1 while the winning margin (80) was the largest.
There are five positions between Jamaica (4) and Wales (9) on the latest world rankings and it clearly showed as the Sunshine Girls dominated all four quarters of the match. Jamaica’s combination of sharp attacking play and solid defence proved too formidable for their opponents.
The victory showcased Jamaica’s skill, teamwork and strategic execution. Shooters Romelda Aiken-George, Rebekah Robinson and captain Jhaniele Fowler displayed remarkable accuracy, converting more than 90 per cent of their chances. Additionally, defenders Shamera Stirling and Kadie-Ann Dehaney created several turnovers and disrupted the Welsh
attacking flow effectively.
Fowler credited their success so far to the strength of the 12-player squad.
“Everyone is going out on court and doing their job and that’s what we need to for them to do, I’m very pleased with that,” she said.
“For tomorrow, I know South Africa is going to be coming hard at us. We just have to stick to our ground and play to the game plan.”
Welsh goalkeeper Ella Powell-Davies said their aim was to disrupt the space of the Jamaicans as much as they could.
“They are world-class players and we wanted to put as much pressure on the feed as we could in the circle. And when we got the disruption it was key that we took possession of that ball.
“Tomorrow is Sri Lanka and it is a game that we want to go out there and meet all our performance goals. We want to have a full 60-minute performance and hopefully we can achieve that tomorrow.”
Q2: 44-23 (21-12)
Q3: 58-29 (14-6)
Q4: 75-40 (17-11)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Shamera Sterling (Jamaica)