Jhaniele Fowler scored 43 goals to lead Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls to a lop-sided victory over Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Girls at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Saturday night.
Fowler’s goals came from 49 attempts and was supported by scoring from Shanice Beckford who scored 13 of her 20 attempts in a relatively poor shooting night for the Jamaicans.
Fowler, the leading shooter in the Suncorp Super Netball League for the past four years, scored 15 goals in the opening quarter that helped Jamaica take command from the opening whistle and led 19-7 at the interval. They extended the lead to 36-16 at half-time.
It would only get worse for the visitors in the second half at the Sunshine Girls tightened defensively to limited the Trinidadians to just three goals while racking up 20 goals in the third quarter ballooning the lead to 56-19 at the end of the stanza.
Jamaica’s scoring slowed in the final quarter after Fowler was pulled from the game but were still dominant, outscoring Trinidad 15-3 to close out the emphatic victory.
Gezelle Allison scored eight of her 15 attempts and Rebekah Robinson added seven more from 12 attempts.
Afeisha Noel was the leading scorer for Trinidad with 13 goals from 18 attempts.
It was the second blow-out for the Calypso Girls, who were pummeled 66-22 in their opening match in the series. Playing against a Jamaican men’s team, Trinidad trailed 19-7, 35-12 and 53-17 at the end of their first three quarters.
Game two between the sides will be on Tuesday, October 19 at the same venue. Match time is 6 p.m.