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Consolation win for Ja Under-21s

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp
Jamaica's centre Titanya Blackstock (left) battles with England centre Amy Carter in midcourt during the first quarter of Game 5 of the international Under-21 series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Jamaica's Under-21s won 39-35 yesterday, but England topped the five-match series 3-2.

Jamaica defeated England 39-35 in the final game of the friendly Under-21 netball series at the National Indoor Sports Centre last night.

Having already lost the five-match international series 3-1 before the final game, Jamaica's young Sunshine Girls fought gallantly and ended the series on a good note.

The local girls gave a brave display in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to move from 25-29 down at the end of the third quarter.

Simone Gordon led the way for Jamaica with 19 goals from 25 attempts, followed by Hasana Williams with 17 goals from 24 attempts.

For the visitors, Amy Clinton contributed 20 goals from 27 attempts and Anshleigh Dekker with 15 from 20.

Despite losing the series, Jamaica's coach Tracy-Ann Griffiths was pleased with last night's performance.

"Well, I always believed in the team. We wanted to go off on a better note. It is promising. I think netball is in very good hands right now," Griffiths told The Sunday Gleaner.

However, her counterpart, Jan Crabtree, felt that umpiring decisions hurt her team in the final quarter of the game.

"I think we were confused with the umpiring decisions, but credit to Jamaica. We are feeling very positive having won the series. We came with an Under-19 squad and achieved our goal," Crabtree pointed out.