Thursday, April 25, 2024

‘Gems’ rousing start

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The Bajan Gems made a dazzling start to the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool yesterday with a polished 69-34 win over Singapore.

That expected fifth straight victory by the 11th rated Gems over the 26th ranked Singapore should guarantee a ticket to the next round as three teams from each group will advance.  The fourth-ranked New Zealand and ninth-ranked Malawi are also in Group B.

This morning, the Gems will face New Zealand who defeated Malawi 64-45.  New Zealand have taken part in all 14 World Cups winning the crown four times while earning nothing less than bronze by reaching the podium every time.

Coach Sandra Bruce-Small gave vice-captain Latonia Blackman her 159th cap starting at goal shooter, young Brianna Holder started at goal attack, captain Damisha Croney ran the wing attack, Barbados scholar Amanda Knight controlled the centre, Tonesha Rock-Yaw took the wing defence, and Rhe-Ann Niles dictated at goal defence with the powerful Shonette Bruce dominating at goalkeeper.(KB)

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