Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were beaten by 38 goals yesterday in the first encounter in a three-match netball tour of New Zealand. The Sunshine Girls went down 34-72 to a New Zealand team that is two places above them in the netball world ranking. As the score indicates, the host team completely outplayed Jamaica when they met at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson. New Zealand, the world number two team, led after the first quarter 18-9 and never looked back. Match statistics revealed that Jamaica had far more turnovers and reflected a similar disparity at 43 to 18. The scores in the other three quarters were 16-7, 19-8 and 18-11. Shanice Beckford, who scored 15 goals in 19 tries, and Shantal Slater, with 10 goals from 13 attempts, were the best shooters for the team coached by Minneth Reynolds. Vanessa Walker chipped in with nine goals from 14 tries. The Sunshine Girls, who are world-ranked at number four, will be back in action against New Zealand on Wednesday (Tuesday night Jamaica time). The final match of the tour will be played on September 17. – H.L.
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