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Jamaica’s Adean Thomas, centre, takes control of the ball during the Netball Pool A match against Barbados at the Commonwealth Games at The NEC in Birmingham, England, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. The Sunshine Girls qualified for the medal rounds on Thursday following an upset victory against Australia. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi).

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Jamaica caused a major upset in Commonwealth Games netball when they topped gold medal favourite Australia after a stunning comeback in Birmingham, England on Thursday.

The Sunshine Girls qualified for the medal rounds with their 57-55 triumph over the Australia Diamonds, who were also through.

They will play England or defending champion New Zealand in the semifinals on Saturday.

Jamaica overcame a six-goal deficit at the start of the last quarter to clinch their first triumph over Australia in the Games, with captain Jhaniele Fowler starring in attack.

Fowler, who plays in Australia’s domestic competition for the Perth-based West Coast Fever, scored 47 goals from 50 attempts and said the win boosted her confidence in Jamaica’s hopes of winning the gold medal.

“It’s a bit surreal to beat Australia in a Commonwealth Games,” she said. “We’ve not done that before, but this team of ours is incredible and we went out there and proved everyone wrong and it feels so good.

“Our mindset from the start was that we are as good as them, if not better. We have so much discipline and focus in our squad.”

Who Jamaica or top-ranked Australia face in the semifinals will be decided after England and New Zealand meet late Thursday.

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