The national Under-21 netball side, Dinaletsana failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2017 Netball World Youth Cup. The team needed a favour from African counterparts, Uganda who lost to Jamaica 44-39.
The results leave all the sides level on six points, but Dinaletsana were knocked out on goal ratio. Speaking to the press after the game, International Netball Federation (INF) technical officer, Liz Broomheed revealed that in a tournament of this nature when teams are locked on points, goal ratio is used to decide the standings. “Within this pool, we have three teams with six points,” Broomheed said.
“So regulaton states that in the event that two teams draw their match or more than two teams have the same number of points; then the goal ratio would decide the standings. That goal ratio is determined by goals for divided by goals conceded. Jamaica would be placed second with a ratio of 1.5 while Botswana would be third 1.33,” Broomheed explained.
On yesterday’a game, Uganda who had already qualified for the quarterfinals kept all their players on the bench. The team did not show any signs of urgency as Jamaica controlled the game. After the final whistle, the crowd went wild but were only stunned to learn that their side had failed to reach the quarter-final stage for the second consecutive attempt.
Dinaletsana would face Grenada who finished last in Pool D in the battle for rankings while Jamaica would face tree time finalists, England who topped Pool D. The games would be played at the UB Indoor Sports Centre and Ditshupo Hall respectively at 2pm