Jamaica national netball team
|Head coach||Marvette Anderson |
|Most caps||Nadine Bryan (159)|
|Appearances||13 (Debuted in 1963)|
|Best result||3rd (1991, 2003, 2007)|
|Appearances||5 (Debuted in 1998)|
|Best result||3rd (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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. Longstanding captain Simone Forbes did not attend the World Championships after testing positive the banned substance Clomiphene and was replaced by Nadine Bryan. Forbes subsequently retired, ending her illustrious career. 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. 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. Nicole Aiken-Pinnock took over as captain ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and also captained them at the 2015 Netball World Cup. 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
The following is the Jamaica roster in the netball tournament of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
|Jamaica national netball team – 2006 Commonwealth Games roster|
2015 Sunshine Girls Netball World Cup Team
|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
Most-capped Jamaican netballers
|Name||Test Caps||Test Team Years|
|Connie Francis||120+||1985–1999, 2003|
|Georgia Gordon||110||1994–2005, 2010|
|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|
|Netball World Cup|
|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||3rd|
|1995||9th World Championships||Birmingham, England||5th|
|1999||10th World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||4th|
|2003||11th World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||3rd|
|2007||12th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||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|
|1998||XVI Games||1st Netball||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||4th|
|2002||XVII Games||2nd Netball||Manchester, England||3rd|
|2006||XVIII Games||3rd Netball||Melbourne, Australia||4th|
|2010||XIX Games||4th Netball||Delhi, India||4th|
|2014||XX Games||5th Netball||Glasgow, Scotland||3rd|
|2018||XXI Games||6th Netball||Gold Coast, Australia||3rd|
|Fast5 World Netball Series (formerly Fastnet)|
|2009||1st World Series||Manchester, England||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|
|2014||6th World Series||Auckland, New Zealand||4th|
|2016||7th World Series||Melbourne, Australia||5th|
|2017||8th World Series||Melbourne, Australia||2nd|
Jamaica's kits are currently supplied by Gilbert.
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