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South Africa beat Jamaica in World University Netball final

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 12:05 AMMarc Stamp

South Africa defeated Jamaica 43-39 in the final of the second edition of the World University Netball Championship yesterday at the St Thomas University campus in Miami Gardens in the United States of America.

In a competitive championship game, Jamaica copped the silver medal and improved on their third-place finish at the first staging four years ago.

Coach of Jamaica’s team Annette Daley said that the players played hard but got exhausted in the final.

“I am disappointed on one hand but happy on the other,” Daley told The Gleaner following her team’s loss by four points in the final.

“They (Jamaica) played pretty hard but were lacking in all areas. The legs got tired as we had some players coming in at the last minute. However, all in all, it was a creditable performance from the team,” she added.

The Jamaicans trailed 18-23 at half-time and 28-33 at the end of the third quarter and only came within three points of the South Africans, who held on for the win.

Australia defeated Uganda 42-41 in the third-place game.