Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls claimed their first silver at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, after a stunning, nearly undefeated run in the major sporting event.
When they last met on Thursday, the Sunshine Girls and the Diamonds were both undefeated in Pool A at the beginning of the match. But the girls won that match after rebounding from a six-point deficit and defeated the veteran team 57-55.
The Diamonds looking for redemption pressured the Girls’ defense and lead goal scorer Gretel Bueta was instrumental in the Diamonds’ win on Sunday, first in the position of Goal Shooter and then later in the game as Goal Attack.
In the first quarter, both sides attempted to confuse the space and disrupt the ball, but the Diamonds ended on top with a two-goal lead. Sunshine Girls captain Jhaniele Fowler, who has had a near-perfect scoring average throughout the Games, equalised the match at halftime with 29-29 in the second quarter.
The Diamonds dominated the third quarter and had the Girls down by six goals. With the Girls previously able to rise and take the lead from a six-point deficit, a gold finish did not appear out of reach. But the Diamonds, who have not missed a gold medal match since their introduction into the Commonwealth Games, proved unbeatable and ended the day with a 55-51 win.
The Sunshine Girls fought valiantly in their gold medal match against the Australian Diamonds, and though it was not the golden finish they might have hoped for, they have made history nonetheless.
Watch the match below.