Barbados climb in netball world rankings

July 07, 2017
The Barbados team celebrates after beating Jamaica 43-41 in Game Three of their three-Test series at the National Arena in May.

Barbados' netball team have climbed one place to number 11 in the latest International Netball Federation (INF) world rankings following their controversial series draw against Jamaica in May.

The latest INF world rankings, which will be used to determine teams to participate in next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, took into account matches played between March 20 and July 1 this year.

Subsequent to drawing the Jamaica series, Barbados also defeated Trinidad and Tobago, who have now fallen to number 13 and are out of the Commonwealth Games line-up.

 

CONTROVERSY

 

The three-Test series between Barbados and Jamaica was riddled with controversy.

First, the then 12th-ranked team played to a tie in the first game. They lost the second, but won the third.

Afterwards, Netball Jamaica President Paula Daley-Morris said the Jamaicans were trying to "help Barbados" in their bid to qualify for the Commonwealth Games

The statement did not go down well and Daley-Morris came in for a lot of backlash.

She later clarified her statement by telling STAR Sports "They (Barbados) are really not match-ready, but we wanted to help Barbados so we agreed to doing this Test. So this is really more about Barbados than us. We're trying not to be selfish. We want Barbados to be in the Commonwealth Games."

Meanwhile, Jamaica remains at number four in the rankings behind Australia, New Zealand, and England.

Uganda made the biggest jump, moving four places to number nine after winning the Africa Netball Cup.

According to the INF website, matches played between July 2014 and July 2016 now have a 50 per cent weighting, while matches played before July 2014 are no longer included in the weighting to determine world rankings.

The rankings includes matches from the Jamaica vs Barbados and Barbados vs Trinidad and Tobago series.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland moved to number 10 following victory in a quad series which also featured Barbados, Singapore, and Ireland.

The other teams in the top 12 are South Africa (fifth); Malawi (sixth); Fiji (seventh); Wales (eighth); Scotland (12th).

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