Too little too late from Jamaica as Australia cruise to victory  

Jamaica never hit their stride in their second game of the tournament, falling to the home team by 16 points in front of a loud Melbourne crowd.

A strong defence was key to Australia’s 35-19 victory in their second game, limiting the opportunities for Jamaican sharpshooter, Shantal Slater.

Australia again came out of the blocks firing away to an 8-1 advantage with four goals from five attempts from Caitlin Thwaites backed by strong defence from Courtney Bruce.

Jamaica broke the mould and played their power play in the second quarter but failed to capitalise. Shimmin and Bruce repeatedly intercepted the Jamaicans deep passes and sent them into attack seeing the Australians lead 15-7 at halftime.

Australia’s third quarter power play furthered their advantage stretching the lead to 16 points with the score at 27-11 heading into the fourth quarter. Australia’s defensive trio of Bruce, Shimmin and Weston frustrated Jamaica’s attack.

Jamaica finally found some rhythm in the fourth, but Australia’s advantage was too great for the Jamaicans to overcome as Australia took the win 35-19.

Australian defender Kate Shimmin praised Erin Bell’s shooting ability and Kate Moloney’s communication on court post-game.

“Erin Bell, she’s always that steady shooter in the front end and we know when she puts up those 2 pointers she’s going to sink them. And Kate Moloney as well, even though she’s run off her fee in centre she’s managing to talk and connect with everyone in the team and did a great job in that game,” said Shimmin.

Australia leave their second game of the day full of confidence following their strong performance at both ends of the court, while the Jamaicans will be looking for a new attacking strategy.

“Fast 5 is all about shooting and some of our shooters were a bit nervous. This is Gezelle’s (Allison) first time playing at international ever so she got her baptism today and she will go away and reflect on it and regroup and come out stronger,” said Jamaican defender Nicole Aiken-Pinnock.

AUSTRALIA 35 defeated JAMAICA 19

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 pointsupershot
Erin Bell 3/3 1/4 0/1
SusanPettitt 2/2 2/3 0/2
Caitlin Thwaites 6/6 4/6 0/1
GretelTippett 4/4 0/1 0/2

shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 pointsupershot
Anna Kay Griffiths 0/0 1/6 0/1
Vanessa Walker 1/2 0/0 0/0
GezelleAllison 0/0 0/1 0/1
ShantalSlater 11/11 1/2 0/0

Australia starting five –
GS: Caitlin Thwaites GA: Susan Pettitt C: Kate Moloney GD: Kate Shimmin GK: Courtney Bruce  

Jamaica starting five – GS: Shantal Slater GA: Anna Kay Griffiths C: Nicole Dixon GD: Althea Byfield GK: Nicole Aiken-Pinnock

Australia power play: 3rd Quarter
Jamaica power play: 2nd Quarter

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