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Australian Diamonds vs Jamaica: Commonwealth Games netball, live scores, blog

11th April, 2018
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Time: 9pm (AEST)
TV: Channel Seven, 7CommGames App

Australia
Caitlin Bassett (C)
April Brandley 
Courtney Bruce
Laura Geitz
Susan Pettitt
Kimberley Ravaillion
Madison Robinson
Gabrielle Simpson
Caitlin Thwaites
Elizabeth Watson
Joanna Weston
Stephanie Wood

Jamaica
Romelda Aiken
Shanice Beckford
Nicole Dixon
Stacian Facey
Jhaniele Fower-Reid (C)
Rebekah Robinson
Shamera Sterling
Adean Thomas
Paula Thompson
Jodi-Ann Ward
Khadijah Williams
Vangelee Williams
(Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto)
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11th April, 2018
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The Australian Diamonds take on Jamaica in their final pool match at the Commonwealth Games. Join The Roar for live coverage and a blog of the match from 9pm (AEST).

Both Pool A teams are undefeated and have qualified for the semi-finals, but this match will determine who finishes first and second, and therefore who they will play from Pool B.

Jamaica surprised many in their first match when they beat South Africa by 11 goals. Though, after beating New Zealand twice in a lead up tournament, the Sunshine Girls should have always been considered serious medal contenders.

Jamaica’s tall shooters Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Romelda Aiken are well acquainted with the Australian team and this could really help them.

Fowler-Reid played with the Southern Steel for a number of years in the trans-Tasman Championship, and has now moved to the West Coast Fever for Super Netball season 2018.

As for Aiken, she has played with Laura Geitz at the Queensland Firebirds since 2008.

Australia admitted pre-competition that little is known about what this Jamaican line up are capable of, but the Diamonds coaches now have four games’ worth of footage and knowledge.

The Aussies are travelling nicely to the semi-finals and will appreciate a solid hitout against quality opposition.

Across the court, the Diamonds are strong and balanced, with versatility the key to their squad.
 
Prediction
Australia and Jamaica both have quality shooters with incredible accuracy, so it will be up to the defenders to determine how this one plays out.

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Jamaica have been going well, but expect Australia to lift to another level on the Gold Coast, helped by a home crowd.

Australia by 12.