Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Silver Ferns to play for bronze medal after semi-final defeat against Jamaica

The Silver Ferns will play for Commonwealth Games bronze, falling to a 67-51 defeat to Jamaica in their semi-final at Birmingham.

Up against a Jamaica side with confidence and momentum after defeating Australia in pool play, Dame Noeline Taurua's side lost every quarter of their semi-final match, en route to defeat by 16 goals.

The victory is Jamaica's largest against the Silver Ferns, bettering the nine-goal margin in the 53-44 from 2002.

Maia Wilson against Jamaica.
Maia Wilson against Jamaica. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

"It is a tough loss," Dame Noeline said. "I thought they were amazing.

"When you've got a shooting prowess like that underneath the posts, it always makes it difficult to turn over ball.

"Everything that you do have, centre pass, attack or turnover, you've got to treasure it.

"I thought at times we were good, but at times we weren't. I think it shows the gulf, in the athleticism, in our ability to be disciplined, to run our feet, to be tidy in our skill sets.

"We gave it all, but we weren't good enough.

"[There was] a lot of learnings or lessons to be had, but a bit of mongrel wouldn't go astray."

Former Southern Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler led the way inside the shooting circle for Jamaica, scoring 54 from 54 attempts, as part of a perfect shooting display from the entire side.

Shanice Beckford also landed 10 out of 10 attempts, while Shimona Nelson scored three from her three attempts as a late substitution.

New Zealand meanwhile landed 51 from 55 attempts, after Dame Noeline made the decision to start Maia Wilson at goal shoot over Grace Nweke.

Nweke did impress when she entered at the start of the third quarter, and will loom as a likely starter for the Silver Ferns' bronze medal match.

The 20-year-old top scored for the Silver Ferns despite only playing the second half with 24 from 24 attempts, supported by Te Paea Selby-Rickit (14 from 16) and Maia Wilson (13 from 15)

At the other end, goal keep Shameera Sterling was a presence in defence for Jamaica, proving the thorn in the Silver Ferns shooters' sides.

The Sunshine Girls will face the victor of the second semi-final between Australia and England for the gold medal, while the Silver Ferns will face off against the loser.

Silver Ferns 51 (Nweke 24, Selby-Rickit 14, Wilson 13)

Jamaica 67 (Fowler 54, Beckford 10, Nelson 3)