Bermuda hopes of playing next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in Brisbane, Australia, got what some would say a shot in the arm, anyway you look at it.
The International Netball Federation (INF) updated its rankings to reflect matches played between the March 20th and July 1st.
The latest rankings include matches between USA vs Bermuda, T&T vs Barbados, Jamaica vs Barbados, Uganda vs Malawi, Zambia vs Namibia, Northern Ireland vs Ireland, Netball Europe Open (Challenge Section) which also included Bermuda, Northern Ireland Summer Quad Series and Africa Netball Cup.
Amongst other changes, Northern Ireland moved up to 10 after winning the Summer Quad series between Barbados, Singapore, Ireland and Northern Ireland and the test series against Ireland. As a result of the Netball Europe Open between Ireland, Gibraltar, Bermuda and Israel, Ireland has climbed up two places to 22 and Gibraltar climb three places to 29. Bermuda gain a ranking of 28 and Israel gain a ranking of 36 along with Namibia who gain a ranking of 37 as a result of facing Zambia.
Twelve (12) teams will be selected by INF to compete in the netball competition at Gold Coast 2018. The host nation is entitled to enter one team and the top 11 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) in the INF world rankings, having consideration for regional representation. Where at least four of the six CGF regions are non-represented continent will be selected within these 11 teams.
Current International Netball Federation Rankings
2 New Zealand
5 South Africa
10 N Ireland