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Henry: It was bittersweet

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/ Gleaner Writer

Sunshine Girls coach, Sasher-Gaye Henry, is a bit disappointed that the national netball team failed to reach the final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia but is happy for the third place finish.

Jamaica defeated New Zealand 60-55 in the bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (Saturday night Jamaica time).

In the gold medal encounter, England created a big upset, beating heavily favoured Australia 52-51 with a last-second goal.

England defeated Jamaica 56-55 in the semi-finals last weekend on their way to a first hold on the title.

Henry described the tournament as bittersweet for the Jamaicans after losing by a point to England.

"We are satisfied but a little bit disappointed. We had hoped for a better finish in the Games, but at the end of the day, it is God's purpose, so we are happy," Henry said after the team's arrival home yesterday.

"We were too high on turnovers against England and lost composure and missed crucial shots. It cost us the game and we lost by one point after leading," she reflected.

Vangelee Williams, a senior player on the team, said it was a good tournament for Jamaica and they will be looking forward to next year's World Championship.

"We really wanted to be in the final but it was a good tournament. New Zealand were good during the competition and we knew they would come hard at us. We knew what to do against them," Williams said about the team's bronze medal finish.

"The high point is that we came back after the disappointing loss to England by a point. We showed determination and I am proud of the team. Now, we are looking forward to next year's World Championship," she added.