Jamaica lose first Test against New Zealand
Jamaica was beaten by 38 goals last night in the first encounter in a three match netball tour of New Zealand. The Sunshine Girls went down 38-72 to a New Zealand team two places above them in the netball world ranking. As the score indicates, the host team outplayed Jamaica when they met at the Trafalgar Centre, in Nelson.
New Zealand, the world number two-ranked team, led after the first quarter 18-9 and never looked back. Match statistics revealed that Jamaica had far more turnovers reflected a similar disparity at 43 to 18. The scores in the other three quarters were 16-7, 19-8 and 18-11.
Shanice Beckford who scored 15 goals in 19 tries, and Shantal Slater, with 10 goals from 13 attempts,were the best shooter for the team coached by Minneth Reynolds with Vanessa Walker chipping with 9 from 14.
The Sunshine Girls, who are world ranked at number four, will be back in action against New Zealand on September 14. The final match of the tour will be played on September 17.