Netball Jamaica president pleads for support as Sunshine Girls climb world rankings

By December 13, 2018

Jamaica’s Senior Netball team, the Sunshine Girls, are now the third best team in the world based on the latest rankings released on Thursday.

The Sunshine Girls have 172 rating points, the same as fourth-placed England and just one point behind second-placed New Zealand. Australia leads the rankings with 211 points. The rankings reflect matches played up to December 2, 2018.

This is welcome news for the Jamaican team, who in the last year won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and a silver in the Fast5 World Series in October. The Sunshine Girls also defeated Trinidad and Tobago and England in back-to-back series in Jamaica in early October.

Netball Jamaica President Dr.Paula Daley-Morris said the new rankings show how well Jamaica has played in the last three years while pleading for more support as the team prepares for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England in July 2019.

“This is a really fitting recognition of the talent of the senior Sunshine Girls. They have been doing well for the last three years and this year in particular, they have been outstanding,” Dr Daley-Morris said while lamenting the relatively anaemic support they get at home.

“And they still continue to fight to be recognized by their own. The international federation has published their rankings and we are third in the world. We have not been third in the world since about 2009.

“We are elated,” the NJ president continued, “and it goes to show what a little support can do. These girls need the support. We are going into the World Cup and we can’t do it alone. We don’t have the funding to get there and I am asking Jamaica, help us to get there. We are winners.”





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