Jamaica setting the pace in netball
27 July 2002
Medal contenders Jamaica resist challenge from South Africa to run out 66-55 winners in the preliminaries.
Georgia Gordon proves solid in defence
Fourth seeds Jamaica continued to stamp their authority on the netball competition at the MEN Arena, beating fifth seeds South Africa.
The closely-fought game featured a skilful tussle between 195cm goal shooter Sindiswe Gumede – so far the leading goal-scorer in the competition - and Jamaican defenders Georgia Gordon and Oberon Pitterson.
Despite maximising the height advantage and long reach of Gumede, South Africa trailed the composed and classy Jamaicans 21-11 at quarter time.
Gumede netted 19/21 in the first 30 minutes.
Trailing 29-39 at the main break, South Africa made a comeback midway through the third quarter to bridge the gap to six goals. An injury time-out slowed their momentum and Jamaica regained control to lead 52-45 at three quarter-time.
Jamaican goal shooter, Elaine Davis, Goal shooter said afterwards:
“It was a well-played game and we worked hard from start to finish. There were times when we lapsed but we picked it back up.”
Jamaica extended their advantage in the last quarter courtesy of the hard-working centre court comprising Nadine Bryan and Sharmalee Watkins.
The shooting accuracy from both sides was outstanding. Davis finished with 46/54 and team-mate Simone Forbes 20/21.
Gumede collected her second consecutive 40-plus haul. She followed up her 43/52 on Friday with a staggering 49 goals from 58 attempts.
South African captain, Bronwyn Bock-Jonathan was in a reflective mood after the game:
“I am extremely disappointed. We threw it away in the first quarter.”
“We did extremely well in the second, third and fourth quarter but unfortunately we let it slip in the first quarter.”
Info News Service/nt/sdb