Jamaican netball team 'the real deal'
Australia coach Lisa Alexander has hailed Jamaica as "the real deal" following their shock 59-53 Taini Jamison Trophy series final win against New Zealand on Saturday 24 March.
Those sentiments were echoed by South Africa coach Norma Pummer whose side faces Jamaica in its Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Pool A showdown on Friday 6 April.
"Jamaica looked strong and they looked comfortable," Plummer said of the Sunshine Girls' two wins against World No.2 New Zealand during the trophy series in Auckland.
"We've been looking at Jamaica for many, many years and I don't know why they haven't got across the line. They're going to be a big danger, but the good thing is they haven't seen us."
Jamaica is ranked No.4 in the world and took bronze at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
They should be an even greater threat this time based on their winning margins of eight and six goals against New Zealand in Auckland.
Goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid dominated the New Zealand defence, wing attack Khadijah Williams was the creative mastermind and defender Shamera Sterling also commanded the attention of their opponents in Pool A at GC2018.
Alexander arranged warm-up games against Fowler-Reid’s Australian club team West Coast Fever specifically so her defensive unit could be exposed to the sharpshooter before their 11 April meeting at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCE).
"They've shown they're world class," Alexander said of Jamaica. "Having spoken to a lot of people in Jamaica who I trust, I can say they are the real deal."
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This article was produced by Games News Service.