Jamaica national netball team

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Nickname(s) Sunshine Girls
Association Netball Jamaica
Confederation AFNA (Americas)
Head coach Minette Reynolds
Asst coach Annette Daley
Manager Hyacinth Beckford
Captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock
Vice-captain Paula Thompson
Most caps Nadine Bryan
Top scorer Connie Francis
INF ranking 4
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Team colours
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World Championships
Appearances 13 (Debuted in 1963)
2011 placing 4th
Best result 3rd (1991, 2003, 2007)
Commonwealth Games
Appearances 5 (Debuted in 1998)
2014 placing 3rd
Best result 3rd (2002, 2014)

The Jamaica national netball team, commonly known as the Sunshine Girls, represent Jamaica in international netball competition. Netball is the number one women's sport in Jamaica and the majority of the schools in Jamaica participate. Netball receives full media coverage on television, radio and in newspapers.[1] Jamaica were coached by former representative Oberon Pitterson, and captained by midcourt veteran Nadine Bryan up to the end of 2013. However, a Technical Director (Jill McIntosh) and new coach (Minette Reynolds), were appointed in early 2014. As of 9 September 2014, Jamaica are fourth in the IFNA World Rankings.[2] [3]


Netball started being played in Jamaican schools in 1909. In 1959, the Jamaica Netball Association was formed and affiliated with the West Indies Netball Board. A team representing Jamaica was invited to compete at the West Indies Tournament held in August that year in Montserrat.[4]

Since their first international game in 1959, the Sunshine Girls have participated in every World Netball Championships, finishing no lower than sixth. Jamaica placed third in three World Championships – in 1991, 2003 and 2007. They have played in all four Commonwealth Games netball events to date, winning a bronze medal in 2002 in Manchester and 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.[5] Jamaica also won a silver medal in the inaugural World Netball Series tournament in 2009.

In 2011, former Jamaican captain Oberon Pitterson was appointed the new head coach for the Sunshine Girls at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.[6] Longstanding captain Simone Forbes did not attend the World Championships after testing positive the banned substance Clomiphene and was replaced by Nadine Bryan.[7]


2011 Sunshine Girls[edit]

Twelve players were selected for the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, held from 3–10 July.[8] Nadine Bryan replaced Simone Forbes as captain.

2011 Sunshine Girls
Players Coaching staff
Shooters Romelda Aiken
Jhaniele Fowler
Jodi-Ann Ffrench-Kentish
Anna-Kay Griffiths
  • Heach coach: Oberon Pitterson
  • Asst coach: Annette Daley
  • Manager: Hyacinth Beckford
  • Technical director: Jill McIntosh
Midcourters Nadine Bryan
Sasher-Gaye Henry
Paula Thompson
Kimone Tulloch
Defenders Nicole Aiken-Pinnock
Althea Byfield
Malysha Kelly
Kameika Sherwood

2014 Sunshine Girls[edit]

Twelve players were selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.[8] Nicole Aiken-Pinnock captained the tem with Paula Thompson as the vice-captain.

2014 Sunshine Girls
Players Coaching staff
Shooters Romelda Aiken (Queensland Firebirds)
Shanice Beckford (St. Ann Orchids)
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (Southern Steel)
Thristina Harwood (Kingston Hummingbirds)
  • Technical director: Jill McIntosh
  • Heach coach: Minneth Reynolds
  • Manager: Antoinette Irons
Midcourters Sasher-Gaye Henry (St. James Sharpes)
Paula Thompson (St. James Sharpes)
Khadijah Williams (St. Catherine Racers)
Vangelee Williams (Manchester Spurs)
Defenders Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (Clarendon Gators)
Kasey Evering (Clarendon Gators)
Stacian Facey (Kingston Hummingbirds)
Malysha Kelly (St. Catherine Racers)

Notable past players[edit]

Most-capped Jamaican netballers[edit]

Name Test Caps Test Team Years
Nadine Bryan 179 1996–2014
Connie Francis 120+ 1985–1999, 2003
Oberon Pitterson 120+ 1988–2006
Georgia Gordon 110+ 1994-2005, 2010
Simone Forbes 104 2000–2011, 2014
Elaine Davis 100+ 1995–2007
Kasey Evering 81 2002–2011, 2012, 2014
Nichala Gibson 79 2000-2009
Nicole Pinnock 75 2005-2011, 2014
Sasher-Gaye Henry 73 1996-1997, 2006-2011, 2014

Competitive history[edit]

World Netball Championships
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England 5th
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia 6th
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica 4th
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 5th
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 5th
1983 6th World Championships Singapore 5th
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland 5th
1991 8th World Championships Sydney Med 3.png 3rd
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England 5th
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand 4th
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica Med 3.png 3rd
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2011 13th World Championships Singapore 4th
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th
2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England Med 3.png 3rd
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia 4th
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India 4th
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland Med 3.png 3rd
Fast5 World Netball Series (formerly Fastnet)
Year Tournament Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England Med 2.png 2nd
2010 2nd World Series Liverpool, England 3rd
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England 4th
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 3rd


  1. ^ "Netball and field hockey". Jamaicans.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  2. ^ IFNA. "Current World Rankings". Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  3. ^ IFNA. "Current World Rankings". Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Jamaica Netball Association. "The Origins of Netball". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ http://g2014results.thecgf.com/PDIS/PDIS_NB.html
  6. ^ Bailey, Robert (12 May 2011). "Pitterson, Daley the WNC coaches for Sunshine Girls". The Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Bogle, Dania (30 May 2011). "Forbes says she'll never stop loving the game". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Jamaica Netball Association: Senior Squad". Retrieved 10 June 2011.