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NETBALL: Barbados records stunning win over Sunshine Girls

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Melissa Wright (left) and her teammate in awe as Jamaica went down 43-41 to Barbados in game three of the three-game series at the National Arena.
The final score shows Barbados ahead of Jamaica in the third of the three-match series

Barbados recorded its first ever victory over Jamaica Monday night, stunning the Sunshine Girls 43-41 in game three of their three-match Test series at the National Arena.

This means the series has been levelled at 1-1 since the first match was drawn.

The Sunshine Girls led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 22 -18 at half time.

Early in the third quarter, the Sunshine Girls stretched the lead to a six-goal lead difference with shooter Shimona Nelson, who replaced Thristina Harwood at the start of the period.

Nelson scored nine of the team's 11 goals.

However,  Barbados rallied to close the quarter strongly and reduced the deficit to 32-31 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was excitingly contested, as the Barbadians rallied to level the game at 35-35 with four minutes remaining in the match.

However, Barbados shut down the Sunshine Girls' attackers, who seemed to panic as they made five turnovers in the final two minutes to record their historic victory over Jamaica.

Sunshine Girls' coach Allison-McCracken was very disappointed with the team's performance.

"Lots of little things went wrong," she said.

"We need to work on our passing, keeping (the) ball, keeping it safe."

"We also need to do a little bit more work in terms of how we feed into our lovely tall shooter (Nelson) when she's there. We haven't had the tall shooter all the time. We borrowed her from the under 21s. We've been practising for the last couple of weeks, but we obviously needed more time to practise those long passes into the shooter."

- Robert Bailey