In the latest release of the world netball rankings, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls have maintained their stronghold at number 4 globally.
However, the rankings which take into account results from the Central America and Caribbean games, as well as the 2023 Netball World Cup, reveal that Jamaica has significantly closed the gap on the number two ranked New Zealand.
Previously, there was a substantial 20-point gap between Jamaica and New Zealand.
However, thanks to an impressive move of 182 rating points by Jamaica compared to New Zealand’s 189, the gap has now shrunk to just 7 points. This remarkable progress reflects the Sunshine Girls’ stellar performance in recent international events.
The rankings continue to showcase the dominance of the top six teams, with Australia firmly holding their position as the number one ranked team in the world.
They are followed by New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, and Malawi, all maintaining their respective rankings without any alterations.
The most notable change in the rankings comes at number 7, where Uganda has claimed this spot after a standout performance in the 2023 Netball World Cup.
Uganda’s impressive fifth-place finish in the tournament has propelled them into the top 7, marking a significant achievement for the African nation.
Tonga, previously ranked 7th, moved down one place to 8th, while teams ranked 9th to 14th remain unchanged. Trinidad and Tobago, in particular, holds their position at number 11.
In the Caribbean region, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have made strides by moving up one place to 17th.
Additionally, St. Lucia, the USA, and the Cayman Islands have also made notable progress, each climbing two places to reach rankings of 29th, 30th, and 34th, respectively.
The most substantial shift in the overall rankings is witnessed at the 33rd position, with Antigua & Barbuda making a remarkable rise by climbing four places to claim this position.
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