Jamaica defeat England in latest netball series




Jamaica came out on top over England in December winning the Netball International Series.

The first of the three face-offs was at London’s Copper Box Arena and saw Jamaica start strong. They beat England 66-49.

At Manchester’s Belle Vue, England were victorious in game two and made the overall standings level with a 63-50 win.

The decider took place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and it was all to play for after two close matches. In an exciting end to the series, Jamaica clinched the overall victory, beating England 64-57.

Jamaica and England – otherwise known as the Sunshine Girls and the Roses – have grown quite a rivalry in the sport.

Back in 2014, the Sunshine Girls beat England to the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This was the second time Jamaica had claimed Commonwealth Games bronze, also taking it home from Manchester in 2002.

England then got Jamaica back the year after, by beating them to the bronze at the 2015 Sydney World Cup.  The Sunshine Girls have hosted the World Cup twice, with third place being their highest finishing position to date.

The current International Netball Federation world rankings still currently place England on top of Jamaica. The Roses sit in third position, just one above the Sunshine Girls.

With the teams in such close proximity in the world rankings, the rivalry is bound to only get more heated.

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