Australia defeated by Jamaica 57-55 in Commonwealth Games netball boilover

Australia’s Commonwealth Games netball campaign has been dealt a blow, with the Diamonds falling to Jamaica in a thrilling pool match in Birmingham.

Jamaica trailed by as many as six goals heading into the final quarter, but finished in resounding fashion to overhaul the Diamonds with a 57-55 victory.

It is the first time in Commonwealth Games history that Jamaica has defeated Australia in netball.

The win means unbeaten Jamaica tops Pool A ahead of the Diamonds, who will play either England or New Zealand in the semifinals.

Jamaica captain Jhaniele Fowler, who plays for West Coast Fever in Super Netball, had a starring role in her team’s win with 47 goals.

Jamaica was rewarded for its persistence in its shock victory over Australia.(Getty Images: Matthew Lewis)

Shanice Beckford provided a valuable 10-goal haul.

Gretel Bueta was the Diamonds’ top scorer with 36 goals, while Steph Wood added 19.

Fowler was unstoppable for Jamaica, with no one in the Diamonds squad able to counter her size and strength.

Jamaica’s game plan was evident from the outset: get the ball to Fowler early and often, and by whatever means necessary.


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