Jamaican netballers cruise past newcomers Fiji
29 July 2002
World number four Jamaica overcame a spirited Fiji to preserve their unbeaten preliminary round record.
The netballers emulate the Manchester 2002 logo
Jamaica justified their position as a genuine medal contender, overpowering Fiji in all departments to win the match 84-33.
The Fijians, despite trailing at every change, applied themselves well in all four quarters.
Jamaican wing defender Sharon Wiles, goal defender Oberon Pitterson and centre Nadine Bryan tightly marked Fiji and forced them into turnover.
Pitterson said: “We played a transitional game from the back line and our use of the ball coming down the court was excellent.”
Fiji hit their target at the centre pass just nine times of 14 attempts in the first quarter, allowing Jamaica to gain the ascendancy and establish a considerable lead.
Jamaica led 37-16 at half-time and widened the gap to 63-23 in the third quarter.
Jamaican goal attack Simone Forbes continued to impress finding space in the forward line and driving hard to the goal post.
Fijian Captain Unaisi Rokoura provided the backbone for her side and was responsible for many of the successful feeds into goal shooter Paulini Tora.
All things considered, it was a brave performance from Fiji, who are competing in netball for the first time at the games.
Having already lost to South Africa and Australia, Fijian coach Yvonne Willering said: “With an inexperienced team in their first Commonwealth Games, to hit three tough games right at the start is pretty hard for them.
“The games where we really want to shine are at the end but now we’ve got a couple of injuries.”
Jamaican goal shooter Elaine Davis and playmaker goal attack Forbes were on fire throughout. Davis was outstanding with 58/64 while Forbes netted 18/20. Fiji’s top scorer was Matelita Shaw who finished with 14 goals from 23 attempts.
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