Commonwealth Games: Jamaica’s rise, England’s way forward and a look ahead to the 2023 Netball World Cup | basketball news

England will now look ahead to the Netball World Cup in South Africa in July next year.

England will now look ahead to the Netball World Cup in South Africa in July next year.

After an absorbing Commonwealth Games netball tournament, we look at what’s next for the top netball nations with a World Cup of Netball in South Africa less than a year away.

The fact that a World Cup takes place so soon after the Commonwealth Games is always a fascinating feature of the netball calendar.

Next year’s competition starts on July 28, and while 11 months might seem like a long time in terms of the number of individual training hours, when you look at it more closely, maybe there’s room for two, or three, just sets of Test.

In Birmingham, the top four ranked nations (Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica) contested the medal matches and are expected to do so again in South Africa, but the question is which side will the positions fall to?

Is now Jamaica’s time? Will England bottle up her wounded Commonwealth and deliver? Can Australia avenge their loss in the World Cup final four years ago or will Dame Noeline Taurua mastermind New Zealand to back-to-back world titles?

The Commonwealth Games have certainly given us a lot to think about when it comes to answering some of those questions and let’s start by focusing on the sunny girls.

For years, Jamaica has been a nation that has been seen as a “real threat” back in the day, but has not always been able to string together full competitions and tournaments.

In Birmingham, they delivered their own dynamic and passionate brand of netball, but they did it in a mature way for the full 10 days.

The Sunshine Girls made netball history at the Commonwealth Games

The Sunshine Girls made netball history at the Commonwealth Games

The Sunshine Girls loved every minute of the English crowd taking them to heart and were significantly buoyed by the knowledge and presence of Rob Wright alongside head coach Connie Francis.

Wright, who is not paid, put pen to paper with the Sunshine Girls in January as their technical defense coach and in Birmingham, his influence was clear.

Jamaica’s dazzling defenders Shamera Sterling, Latanya Wilson, Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Jodi-Ann Ward were some of the least penalized defenders in the tournament. That hasn’t always been the case and it allowed them to keep so many turnovers.

Shamera Sterling and the Jamaican defenders were incredible under the additional guidance of Rob Wright

Shamera Sterling and the Jamaican defenders were incredible under the additional guidance of Rob Wright

On the pitch, Jamaica played patiently, Jhaniele Fowler worked supreme in the circle and striker Shanice Beckford made sure no one forgot her.

In the gold medal match, the minutes after halftime cost them, but the Sunshine Girls’ tournament as a whole showed what they can and have done with limited resources.

Post-Games reports highlighted that Wright is a ‘volunteer’ and has taken time off work to be in Birmingham. In addition, the team arrived without a video analyst, an S&C coach and only recently had a masseur for their entire squad.

If Jamaica is given the opportunity to receive more financial and structural support, think how good they could be! And support has started pouring in with the announcement of a three-year sponsorship deal at home.

The Sunshine Girls made history in Birmingham by beating the Diamonds for the first time at the Commonwealth Games and reaching the final for the first time, but with the right preparation and support they could do so much more in South Africa.

The Diamonds kept their cool in the final and avenged their group stage loss to Jamaica

The Diamonds kept their cool in the final and avenged their group stage loss to Jamaica

So what about the australian diamonds and your way forward? Well, the narrative about them changed significantly from their last group game to their semi-final win over England, didn’t it?

The Diamonds went from being under pressure to overpowering England and then delivered a sure-fire performance in the Grand Final as Stacey Marinkovich made the first personnel changes and her players delivered for her.

The depth of Australian netball means its conveyor belt of talent will continue to tick in the run up to the World Cup of Netball.

In South Africa next July, they will play with the same level of excitement they brought to the knockout matches in Birmingham as they have yet another score to settle.

New Zealand’s win over Liverpool in the 2019 Netball World Cup didn’t sit well with them and a scorned Diamonds team is a dangerous Diamonds team, just ask England about that.

Jess Thirby and Vitality Roses from England they have a bit to reflect on their fourth place finish at the Commonwealth Games at home and the overall level of that reflection will depend on the players’ decisions about their future.

Eboni Usoro-Brown and Stacey Francis-Bayman have already announced their retirement from elite basketball, which means the England defensive end will need to get stronger again.

Layla Guscoth will lead the way for those entering the mix and the talent that someone like Funmi Fadoju has is undeniable, but how quickly can she translate that onto the international stage?

With all due respect, Gretel Bueta and Grace Nweke face different challenges than she has previously faced at club level. That’s not to say that Fadoju can’t do it, but rushing her and making the transition wrong is something Thirlby will want to avoid at all costs.

Jade Clarke looks as sharp as ever, but will she keep going all the way to South Africa? What about Geva Mentor too? The decisions of both players will have an impact on England’s plans and path forward.

Eleanor Cardwell had an exceptional tournament for England

Eleanor Cardwell had an exceptional tournament for England

After England’s fourth place, emotions were running high and perhaps not enough was said about the form they showed. Stoic full-court defense had led to turnovers and that had turned into quick, clinical work on offense.

Of course, there was a discussion about an over-reliance on Nat Metcalf in the wing attack. And yes, in the coming months and tests, someone else has to raise their hand to provide a specialized second option there.

Like Australia, England will go into the Netball World Cup with an emotional element to their motivation, hurt by the fact that back-to-back home competitions ended without gold medals.

A bronze medal was secured at Liverpool but under a different head coach, so for this regime Birmingham’s sentiments will be fresher.

New Zealand will now try to defend their Netball World Cup title in South Africa

New Zealand will now try to defend their Netball World Cup title in South Africa

from new zealand The seven-goal win over England in the bronze medal match gave them something to work with for the next 12 months as they battled to defend their world title in South Africa.

They arrived in Birmingham a bit unbalanced, without former captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio, who fell short of her unwavering fitness standards, new mother Jane Watson and Karin Burger due to a broken foot.

An Ekenasio who meets Taurua’s fitness standards is world class, Watson is also in that group and the work that Burger does, particularly when on the wing defense, is relentless.

In short, New Zealand has more to come and has a national netball structure, which means Taurua will be heavily involved throughout the season. They also have a three-Test series against Jamaica on their schedule, which could prove to be an inspiring move.

The Sunshine Girls and New Zealand will play for the Taini Jamison Trophy in September, as well as the Constellation Cup against Australia.

Tough matches, returning players, great competition for starting positions and Taurua’s exceptional brains should see New Zealand arrive in South Africa in perfect shape to defend their world title.

For now, all teams will take some time to process the results of the 10 days of action at the NEC Arena and return their bodies to normal after such a grueling competition schedule.

England will return to a home ground in October for a three-Test series against Uganda and given the packed stands in Birmingham, expect tickets to sell out in an instant as the Roses look forward, learn from the Commonwealth Games and focus. at the 2023 Netball World Cup.

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