Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines scored dominant victories at the Netball Americas World Cup Qualifiers in Kingston, Jamaica.
Barbados opened the competition with a commanding 67-27 victory over the Cayman Islands.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines were equally dominant in their 51-24 win over the USA.
Coach of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Godfrey Harry, said his team got what they expected.
There were also wins for Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Jamaica and the USA (in their second game).
“It was predictable. We were expecting to win this game and we did. One of the things that we wanted to make sure of was that we experiment and use the depth of our team. All the players stepped up to the plate, which was great for us,” he said.
Despite the loss, USA assistant coach Keithan Grayson-Superville said she expects improvement after what was her team’s first international action in years.
“They didn’t do as much as I would’ve liked to see today but it’s our first game and we haven’t played internationally for over four years. We’re going to take it game by game and, as we go, we’re going to try to improve. We’re a work in progress.”
The top two teams from the event will then qualify to be invited to the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town. This does not include Jamaica, who will only be playing for World Netball ranking points in the qualifiers, due to already qualifying for the NWC2023 because of their WN World Ranking as of 12 August.
RESULTS SO FAR
Barbados 62 Cayman Islands 27
Trinidad & Tobago 55 Antigua & Barbuda 24
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 51 United States 24
Grenada 53 St Lucia 45
Grenada 50 Cayman Islands 40
Trinidad & Tobago 63 St Lucia 25
Jamaica 74 St. Vincent & the Grenadines 35
United States 34 Antigua & Barbuda 22
1 Grenada 4 pts
T2 Barbados 2 pts
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2 pts
United States 2 pts
Trinidad & Tobago 2 pts
Jamaica 2 pts
T7 Cayman Islands 0 pts
St Lucia 0 pts