Jamaica national netball team

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Nickname(s)Sunshine Girls
AssociationNetball Jamaica
ConfederationAFNA (Americas)
Head coachMarvette Anderson
Sasher-Gaye Henry
CaptainJhaniele Fowler-Reid
Vice-captainPaula Thompson
Most capsNadine Bryan (159)
INF ranking3 Increase
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Team colours
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Team colours
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World Championships
Appearances13 (Debuted in 1963)
2015 placing4th
Best result3rd (1991, 2003, 2007)
Commonwealth Games
Appearances5 (Debuted in 1998)
2018 placing3rd
Best result3rd (2002, 2014, 2018)

The Jamaica national netball team, commonly known as the Sunshine Girls, represent Jamaica in international netball competition. Netball is not only the number one women's sport in Jamaica but also the number one team sport in the island, based on World Rankings and recent history and the majority of the schools in Jamaica participate.[1] Netball receives full media coverage on television, radio and in newspapers but does not get as much coverage as less successful team sports such as football and cricket.[2] 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 (Minneth Reynolds), were appointed in early 2014. As of 2 December 2018, Jamaica are third in the INF World Rankings.[3] While the senior Jamaican netball team is widely known as the Sunshine Girls, the Jamaican Fast 5 netball team is known as Jamaica Fast5 or the FAST5 Girls.[4][5][6][7][8]


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.[9]

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.[1] 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.[10] Jamaica also won a silver medal.

Pitterson was appointed the new head coach for the Sunshine Girls at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.[11] Longstanding captain Simone Forbes did not attend the World Championships after testing positive the banned substance Clomiphene and was replaced by Nadine Bryan.[12][13] Forbes subsequently retired, ending her illustrious career.[14][15][16][17][18] After failing to medal in 2011, some of the experienced players on the squad decided to take a break from the national team, while Althea Byfield chose to retire, as they had grown disgruntled with embattled coach Pitterson.[16][19][20][21][22] Malysha Kelly & Romelda Aiken took over co-captaining duties at the 2013 Fast5 tournament and Kelly continued to captain the team in the first half of 2014.[23][24][25][26] Nicole Aiken-Pinnock took over as captain ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and also captained them at the 2015 Netball World Cup.[27][28] The team has since won bronze medals in both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, with the latter medal having been won against two-time gold medallists New Zealand.


2006 Sunshine Girls Commonwealth Games Team[edit]

The following is the Jamaica roster in the netball tournament of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[29]

Jamaica national netball team – 2006 Commonwealth Games roster
Players Coaches
Pos. Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
GA, GD Aiken, Nicole 20 - (1985-12-11)11 December 1985 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Jamalco Jamaica
C, WA Bryan, Nadine 29 - (1976-12-18)18 December 1976 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Jamalco Jamaica
C, WA Campbell, Marion 21 - (1984-03-24)24 March 1984 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Tivoli Gardens Netball Club Jamaica
GS, GK Davis, Elaine (C) 29 - (1976-09-21)21 September 1976 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Jamalco Jamaica
GK, GS, WD Evering, Kasey 23 - (1983-02-14)14 February 1983 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Tivoli Gardens Netball Club Jamaica
GS, GA Ffrench, Jodi Ann 21 - (1984-07-23)23 July 1984 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Seneca Netball Club Jamaica
WD, C, GA Forbes, Simone 24 - (1981-06-20)20 June 1981 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Waulgrovians Jamaica
WD, GD Gibson, Nichala 23 - (1982-10-20)20 October 1982 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Waulgrovians Jamaica
C, WA Hylton, Tamara 23 - (1982-04-24)24 April 1982 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Waulgrovians Jamaica
GK, GD, WD Pitterson-Dunn, Oberon 35 - (1971-02-08)8 February 1971 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Waulgrovians Jamaica
GA, GS Thomas, Latoya 20 - (1985-11-08)8 November 1985 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Alpha Netball Club Jamaica
C Thomas, Peter-Gaye 19 - (1986-04-09)9 April 1986 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Tivoli Gardens Netball Club Jamaica
Head coach

Maureen Hall

Team manager

Yvonne Keane-Dawes

  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club
  • Injured Injured

2015 Sunshine Girls Netball World Cup Team[edit]

Name Position(s) 2015 club/franchise
Romelda Aiken GS Queensland Firebirds
Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (Captain) GK, GD Clarendon Gators
Shanice Beckford GA, GS St. Ann Orchids
Kadie-Ann Dehaney GK, GS Clarendon Gaters
Nicole Dixon WA, C Manchester Spurs
Stacian Facey GK, GD Kingston Hummingbirds
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid GS Southern Steel
AnnaKay Griffiths GA, GS St. Catherine Racers
Sasher-Gaye Henry WA, WD St. James Sharpes
Paula Thompson (Vice-Capt.) C, WD St. James Sharpes
Khadijah Williams WA, C St. Catherine Racers
Vangelee Williams WD, GD Manchester Spurs

Notable past players[edit]

Most-capped Jamaican netballers[edit]

Name Test Caps Test Team Years
Nadine Bryan 159[30][31][32] 1996–2014
Oberon Pitterson 120+ 1988–2006
Connie Francis 120+ 1985–1999, 2003
Georgia Gordon 110 1994–2005, 2010
Simone Forbes 102 2000–2011
Elaine Davis 91[33] 1995–2007[33]
Nichala Gibson 79 2000–2009
Kasey Evering 78 2002–2011, 2012, 2014
Nicole Aiken-Pinnock 78 2005–2011, 2014–present
Sasher-Gaye Henry 75 1996–1997, 2006–2011, 2014–2015[34][35][36]
Romelda Aiken 74 2005–present

Competitive history[edit]

Netball World Cup
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, Australia 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
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia 4th
2019 15th World Cup Liverpool, England
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
2018 XXI Games 6th Netball Gold Coast, Australia 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 Med 3.png 3rd
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England 4th
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2014 6th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2016 7th World Series Melbourne, Australia 5th
2017 8th World Series Melbourne, Australia Med 2.png 2nd

Kit suppliers[edit]

Jamaica's kits are currently supplied by Gilbert.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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