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U-21 netballers beaten in quarter-finals

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Jamaica's hopes of winning a medal at this year's Netball Youth Cup in Botswana, ended yesterday after they were beaten 38 in the quarter-finals by England.

It was the first time since 1995 that the Under-21 Sunshine Girls were missing out on a place in the semi-finals of the championships.

The junior Sunshine Girls, who won silver at the championships in 2000 under the guidance of current head coach Janet Guy, were beaten by hosts Botswana in their third match on Tuesday. They had earlier recorded victories over Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.

The junior Sunshine Girls, who won bronze in Glasgow in 2013, will now be playing for the fifth and sixth spots at the tournament.

The Jamaican team is captained by defender Kadie-Ann Duhaney, who plays in the Australian Super League competition. The team also includes five players who recently represented the senior Sunshine Girls in a three-Test series against Barbados at the National Arena. That series ended in a 1-1 draw.