All time low for Silver Ferns

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The Silver Ferns will come home without a medal after losing to Jamaica 60-55 in the bronze medal match.

Reeling from the disappointment of missing out on their first Games final by one goal, Jamaica started the stronger of the two sides.

New Zealand trailed by four at the first break.

The Silver Ferns found better rythym on attack in the second quarter and managed to level the scores but Jamaica edged forward again, leading 29-27 at the main break.

Shannon Francois hobbled off late in the second quarter, which pushed Sam Sinclair up to centre.

The Silver Ferns should have been ahead.

Maria Folau and Bailey Mes worked well together in the circle but their accuracy was well below par.

At half-time New Zealand had just converted 68 percent to Jamaica’s 91 percent.

The Silver Ferns started the second half strongly, taking the lead for the first time but Jamaica kicked up another gear.

Temalisi Fakahokotau couldn’t do a lot to cut the ball off into Romelda Aitken who was just as dangerous as Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

The Sunshine Girls put on a run of goals before Ameliaranne Ekanasio replaced Mes, who struggled to put up a goal in the quarter.

Skipper Katrina Grant continued to toil but her shooters failed to convert.

Jamaica went into the final quarter 7 goals ahead.

The Ferns got to within 4 goals, with 5 mins left but Jamaica held strong.

The Silver Ferns have had a disastrous campaign on the Gold Coast, also losing to Malawi, England, Australia.

Even making the semi finals was a tortuous route – they had to rely on Scotland beating Uganda to advance to the final four.

The Gold Coast is the first time they not only failed to reach the final for the first time in 20 years but also failed to win a medal at all.

Netball was introduced to the Games programme at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and New Zealand has won gold twice and silver three times.

-RNZ

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