Sunshine Girls get historic silver medal at Commonwealth Games

The Sunshine Girls earned a historic silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after going down to world number one Australia in the championship match in Birmingham, England on Sunday.

The last trip to England for a major championship in 2019 ended in massive disappointment, player unrest, and coaching casualties for the Sunshine Girls.

But after battling criticisms, enduring a pandemic, and adjusting to a new coach, the Jamaican women dressed in gold, celebrated a historic silver medal after losing 51-55 to Australia.

The Sunshine Girls who had beaten the world number one in their group game on Thursday were never outplayed despite losing the first quarter 12-14.

The Jamaicans stormed back in the second quarter winning it 17-15 to leave both teams level at 29 a piece at half-time.

In their six previous games, the Sunshine Girls had lost the third quarter once and it was against Australia in their group game.

And again the Aussies prevailed as they outscored the Jamaicans 16-10 to open up a 6-goal lead going into the final stanza.

On Thursday the Sunshine Girls had outscored their more fancied opponents 17-9 in the fourth quarter and a performance similar to that would've given the Jamaicans a first-ever gold.

But it wasn't to be as despite outscoring the Australians 12-10 the world number one held on for a 4-goal win at 55-51.

Remarkably the Jamaicans missed only one opportunity in the entire game as Jahnielle fowler scored 46 from 47 attempts.

Goal attack Shanice Beckford netted 5 of 5.

World number two new Zealand took third after beating England 55-48 in the bronze medal game.

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