Jamaica national netball team

Jamaica national netball team

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 still does not get as much coverage as less successful team sports such as Football & 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 9 September 2014, Jamaica are fourth 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 in the inaugural World Netball Series tournament in 2009.

In 2011, former Jamaican captain Oberon 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]


2015 Sunshine Girls Netball World Cup Team

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

Most-capped Jamaican netballers

Name Test Caps Test Team Years
Nadine Bryan 159[29][30][31] 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[32] 1995–2007[32]
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[33][34][35]
Romelda Aiken 74 2005–present

Competitive history

World Netball Championships
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 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 Championships Sydney, Australia 4th
2019 15th World Championships 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 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
Fast5 World Netball Series (formerly Fastnet)
Year Tournament Location Placing
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

Kit suppliers

Jamaica's kits are currently supplied by Gilbert.

See also

External links

  • Sunshine Girls Squad
  • SSG at NWC


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