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Jamaican netballers dominate at University Champs

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:00 AMRaymond Graham

JAMAICA'S team to the World University Netball Championships in Florida stayed on course for a spot in tomorrow's final after blowing away home team the United States 98-9 in quarter-final action yesterday on the campus of St Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

The Jamaicans will look to book a semi-final spot against Australia today.

After a 23-0 first-quarter lead, it was a runaway win for the Jamaicans, who led 48-5 at half-time then 73-8 after the third stanza before their big win as their only target was to try and reach the 100-goal mark.

Jamaica qualified for yesterday's quarter-final after topping Pool A of the competition with a perfect six points after winning all three of their games.

What was expected to be a tough encounter then between themselves and Uganda, who was previously unbeaten, turned out to be an easy win for Jamaica, who got the better of their rivals 53- 29.

The Jamaican team had started the competition on Wednesday's opening day on a winning note after getting by the University of Worcester 79-24.

With some five national senior players in their line-up, the Jamaicans are expected to get the better of the Australian team when they meet in the second semi-final today at 12:00 noon (Jamaica time).

Jamaica had earlier defeated their opponent 42-38 in preliminary-round action, and with the likes of Malysha Kelly (GD), Stacian Facey (GK), Nicole Dixon (C), Shanice Beckford (GS), and Khadijah Williams (GA) in their line-up, it should be another win here for the Jamaicans.

The unbeaten South Africans, who topped Pool A with six points from their three wins, was also impressive in the quarter-finals yesterday after getting by England 71-30 and will meet Uganda in the first semi-final at 9:00 a.m.