Thanks to their outstanding play at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, the Sunshine Girls of Jamaica have earned a place in the World Netball World Rankings.
The Sunshine Girls, who beat world number one Australia and number two New Zealand before losing to Australia in the final, moved up one place to third in the world rankings released on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Barbados Gems have failed to win a game at the Commonwealth Games and fell two places to 14e in the rankings. Trinidad and Tobago, meanwhile, fell one spot to 11e.
According to World Netball, “Since the last WN World Ranking update released on March 1, 2022, many international test series and events have taken place, including PacificAUS Series, Europe Netball Open Challenge, COSANA Tri Series -Nations, Wales’ international test series. , Netball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Oceania, and most recently, the 38-game Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
World Netball said the new rankings mean world number one Australia, New Zealand (2), Jamaica (3) and England (4) will now be invited to participate in NWC2023. Uganda (6) will also be invited; they also qualified through their world ranking, thanks to the pre-qualification of South Africa (5) as hosts.
Qualifying for the 2023 Netball World Cup – Oceania has already taken place with Tonga and Fiji qualifying to be invited by World Netball to participate in the event.
World Netball requires teams to have played six or more games during the ranking period to be eligible for world ranking. Tonga have again reached this threshold and they now regain a world ranking, entering 9e place in the world. This is a remarkable achievement as their previous highest ranking was 19e.