Fifth place for Jamaica youth netball cup
Jamaica's Under-21 netballers ended their disappointing show at the Netball World Youth Cup 2017 in Gabarone, Botswana with a 52-47 victory over South Africa to secure the fifth spot yesterday.
The Janet Guy-coach junior Sunshine Girls, who were one of the favourites for a medal at the championships, failed to make the semi-finals of the tournament after they were beaten by England in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
That defeat to England meant that for the first time since 1995 the young Sunshine Girls were missing out a spot in the last four of a World Youth Championships.
The Jamaicans, who had an average showing at the championships, were also beaten by hosts Botswana in their preliminary round game on Wednesday and also by the Cook Islands. They beat Malaysia and Scotland in their other games.
The junior Sunshine Girls, who were led by captain Kadie-Ann Duhaney, won a bronze at the last championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2013.
The vastly experience Duhaney plied her trade in the Australia's Super League competition this season.
The young Sunshine Girls' team also includes players who recent represented the senior Sunshine Girls team, which played to a one-all draw against Barbados.
The team is scheduled to return to the island tomorrow.