Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados secured their place at next year’s World Cup in the final of the Regional Qualifier – Americas.
Trinidad and Tobago remained unbeaten, enjoying seven straight wins throughout the tournament. A similar performance was played out by Barbados, who were beaten only once – by Trinidad and Tobago in the final match of the tournament- to take the second of two qualification spots.
Netball is Trinidad and Tobago’s most successful international sport and they have a long history of appearances at the Netball World Cup, having played at 13 of the 14 tournaments to date. In 1979 they shared first place with Australia and New Zealand, the only time the tournament has had three winners.
Trinidad and Tobago finished 9th in the Netball World Cup 2015 ahead of Regional Qualifier hosts Barbados who finished in 13th. Barbados have made eight world cup appearances, sharing their highest position with the Cook Islands in 1986 when both teams placed joint 6th.
The final placings of the Regional Qualifier – Americas saw Grenada finish in third, St Vincent and the Grenadines in fourth, Canada fifth, USA sixth, St Maarten in seventh and Argentina in eighth.
Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados will join qualifiers; Australia, New Zealand, England Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Fiji and Samoa who have already qualified for next summer’s tournament. The final four teams will be confirmed later in September following the final regional qualifier event in Asia. More information about the qualification process for the World Cup can be found here.