Commonwealth Games 2022: Jamaica beats Australia Diamonds in ‘extraordinary’ netball failure, score, result

Jamaica has beaten Australia for the first time in Commonwealth Games netball history, sparking a 57-55 jolt to shake up the race for gold.

Both countries went into the long-awaited game undefeated and underwent their first real test to determine the winner of Group A.

In the first half there was nothing to worry about as the Diamonds and Sunshine Girls went goal for goal and Australia took a 30-29 lead at halftime.

Australia dominated the third quarter, taking a six point lead in three quarters time, thanks in large part to their control of the midcourt and Gretel Bueta and Steph Wood firing on all cylinders in the firing circle.

But just as the Aussies looked home and declined, Jamaica somehow found another gear in the final term and chewed up the deficit in just a handful of minutes to take the lead.

Bueta was silenced in the last fifteen minutes – she finished with 36 goals from 39 attempts, while Wood scored 19 goals on 86 percent shooting.

“How quickly this game has been turned on its head,” legendary Diamonds shooter Cath Cox said in a commentary to Channel 7.

“It looked like Australia had taken control and it was all over.”

Jhaniele Fowler was a great goal shooter for Jamaica in a physical duel with her West Coast Fever teammate Courtney Bruce.

Adelaide Thunderbirds duo Shamera Sterling and Latanya Wilson were excellent in defense, securing the ball at will for Jamaica with numerous deflections.

“Outstanding scenes, the Diamonds beat this tournament for the first time,” said Sue Gaudion.

Cox said Jamaica’s performance “screamed ‘we can get a medal at these Games'”, adding that Australia appeared to be “silent” in the last quarter.

“Australia couldn’t win back the ball – it was brilliant defensive work from Jamaica. They really hit a new level in the fourth quarter,” she said.

The two-point win was Jamaica’s first win over Australia in Commonwealth Games history and will seriously shake up the race for the medals.

Far from being a disaster for Australia, they are now likely to face England in the semi-finals on a more difficult path to the gold medal match.

The last gold netball medal from the Commonwealth Games in Australia came in 2014 in Glasgow. The Diamonds claimed silver on the Gold Coast in 2018 after losing a thrilling final to England.

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