Girls ready to bounce back in crucial game

July 15, 2019
Jhaniele Fowler goes high for a lob pass over South Africa’s goalkeeper, Phumza Maweni, as Jamaica loses their first match of  the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.
Jhaniele Fowler goes high for a lob pass over South Africa’s goalkeeper, Phumza Maweni, as Jamaica loses their first match of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.
Jamaica’s Adean Thomas challenges for the ball as South Africa’s Karla Pretorius (GD) tries to pass it to her teammate, Erin Burger (C).
Jamaica’s Adean Thomas challenges for the ball as South Africa’s Karla Pretorius (GD) tries to pass it to her teammate, Erin Burger (C).
South Africa’s Phumza Maweni shoots at the net  against Jamaica during the Netball World Cup match in Liverpool yesterday.
South Africa’s Phumza Maweni shoots at the net against Jamaica during the Netball World Cup match in Liverpool yesterday.
Jamaica’s Jodian Ward  catches the ball as South Africa’s Bongiwe Msomi chases the play.
Jamaica’s Jodian Ward catches the ball as South Africa’s Bongiwe Msomi chases the play.
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Liverpool, England:

Jamaica's captain Jhaneile Fowler said the Sunshine Girls were deeply hurt by yesterday's shocking 55-53 defeat to South Africa and she is urging her players to rise to the occasion when they face host England in their opening match of the second round in Group G today.

The Sunshine Girls finished runners-up in Group C after yesterday's loss.

But Fowler wants her teammates to put the defeat behind them as they fight for semi-final spot in Group G against England, Scotland and Uganda in the second round.

Group G also includes South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago, however, the Sunshine Girls will not play those two teams as they have battled them in the preliminary round already.

This means that the teams' goal averages from the first round will play a factor and England and South Africa, who are still unbeaten, will start as favoutites to go through.

Fowler is aware of the disadvantage and told STAR Sports that the team must improve their performance against England today.

"We need to fix our turnovers because that is what have been killing us," said Fowler. "The first two games that we played in the first round we had a lot of turnovers, but we because we were stronger than those teams, hence we won, but with a team like England, we have to ensure that we minimise our turnovers," she said.

"It is going to be a tough game for us, but we have to go in and win this game or else we are out of the competition very early and we do not want that," Fowler said.

She underlines that England, who are ranked one place behind the Sunshine Girls at third in the world, will be difficult to beat but they will be pumped up for the contest. "We are ready because the rivalry between both teams are always intense but I am confident they will we go out there and do well," Fowler said.

The match starts at 9 a.m.

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