Power cut leaves Netball Jamaica's Bernard humiliated
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard, said her administration was left "embarrassed" by the power surge which zapped the final portion of game two of the three-Test Supreme Ventures Sunshine Series netball match-up between Jamaica and England at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday.
At the time when the electricity went, a minute and 15 seconds was left in the fourth quarter. And with England leading 55-47, Jamaica's coaching team agreed to award victory to England.
"I was embarrassed, because this tour has been very challenging for us and the English, and to add a power outage at that time was just another challenge," said Bernard.
Game far in advanced
"However, the good thing is the game was so far advanced that we could easily call it in favour of England. Had it been otherwise, it would have been seriously problematic," Bernard said.
"However, I am just happy that lights went at a time when the match was already decided," she noted.
In a media release yesterday, Independence Park Limited (IPL), which operates the National Stadium complex, said even if a generator was in place, it would have taken between 7-10 minutes to return power. Further, the IPL said it would not have been able to restore power within the international standard time of 10 minutes
The series is tied at 1-1 and the deciding match will be played today at the same venue, starting at 5 p.m. Both teams are using the series as part of their preparations for the 2015 World Netball Championships, which will be held in Sydney, Australia, in August.