Barbados v NIBELFAST, NI, November 3, 2013 – Barbados defeated Northern Ireland 47-38 to win the Inaugural International Netball Festival here on Sunday.

Barbados led the hosts at each quarter to secure the gold in the four-team tournament which also included St Lucia and Botswana.

Botswana stopped St Lucia 35-28 for the bronze medal.

The Bajans led 15-10, 22-18, 37-26 and finally 47-38 to win their fourth consecutive match and a possible ninth ranking in the world, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.

St Lucian captain Shem Maxwell was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament.

All four teams are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014, with the Caribbean qualifiers playing on the opening day – July 24.

Barbados plays Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia challenging the number four ranked Jamaica.

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