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Birmingham – South Africa and Jamaica played their seventeenth match against each other when they clashed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on the 30th of July, The Sunshine girls have a great record against South Africa, having had won 13 out of their 16 previous encounters.

Dorette Badenhorst started with a very strong team however it was Jamaica who got the better results of the two in the first quarter – the Sunshine Girls managed to clinch the quarter 18 – 7.

Shadine van der Merwe earned her 50th test cap for South Africa when she took to court this evening, she was followed by Khanyisa Chawane who came into the game in the second quarter.

South Africa made a few changes in the second quarter, introducing Zanele Vimbela on defence and Khanyisa Chawane in mid-court. It was Jamaica who still piled on the pressure during the second quarter, they managed to win the quarter 19 – 12 and won the quarter 37 – 19.

The third quarter saw the Sunshine Girls cementing their position and dominance in this game. South Africa made a few more changes in this quarter with captain Bongiwe Msomi making a return to the team and Van Der Merwe stepping in at goal defence. Jamaica won the championship quarter with 17 goals only conceding 12 in the same period.

South Africa stepped up and put their foot on the pedal in the last quarter – they made additional changes in the last quarter and took the game to Jamaica – South Africa seemed very determined to turn the game around however it was a bit late for them. They (South Africa) won the quarter 18 – 14 and still lost the tie 68 – 49.

This was Jamaica’s second match of the tournament while South Africa were playing their first match. South Africa will face Barbados on Sunday, 31st July 2022 at 15:00 SA time.

South Africa starting seven:
Ine-Mari Venter (GS); Lefebre Rademan (GA); Bongiwe Msomi (WA); Izette Griesel (C); Shadine van der Merwe (WD); Nicola Smith (GD); Phumza Maweni (GK)

Q1 Jamaica 18 – 7 South Africa
Q2 Jamaica 37 -19 South Africa
Q3 Jamaica 54 – 31 South Africa
Q4 Jamaica 68 – 49 South Africa

Photo Credit: Roger Sedres/Team SA