Jamaica's netball team gather in a huddle to celebrate beating Australia.

Australia defeated by Jamaica 57-55 in Commonwealth Games netball boilover

Australia’s Commonwealth Games netball campaign has been dealt a blow, with the Diamonds falling to Jamaica in a thrilling pool match in Birmingham.

Jamaica trailed by as many as six goals heading into the final quarter, but finished in resounding fashion to overhaul the Diamonds with a 57-55 victory.

It is the first time in Commonwealth Games history that Jamaica has defeated Australia in netball.

The win means unbeaten Jamaica tops Pool A ahead of the Diamonds, who will play either England or New Zealand in the semifinals.

Jamaica captain Jhaniele Fowler, who plays for West Coast Fever in Super Netball, had a starring role in her team’s win with 47 goals.

Jamaica was rewarded for its persistence in its shock victory over Australia.(Getty Images: Matthew Lewis)

Shanice Beckford provided a valuable 10-goal haul.

Gretel Bueta was the Diamonds’ top scorer with 36 goals, while Steph Wood added 19.

Fowler was unstoppable for Jamaica, with no-one in the Diamonds squad able to counter her size and strength.

Jamaica’s game plan was evident from the outset: get the ball to Fowler early and often, and by whatever means necessary.


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