National Netball Team2MANCHESTER, UK, July 12, 2016 – Grenada made the biggest jump in world netball rankings, released by the International Netball Federation (INF).

The Grenadian netballers moved nine places up the rankings to 21st among the top-playing nations in the world.

Grenada’s improved ranking reflected its performance at Netball Europe in May where the Spice Girls triumphed in the Challenge Tournament.

“The INF has updated its rankings to reflect matches played during Netball Europe in May and Wales v South Africa in June,” said an INF statement.

“It also reflects an annual update, with matches from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 excluded, and data from July 1 to present now included.”

While there is no change to the rankings for the top 10 teams, Barbados, St Lucia, the United States and BermudaINF World Netball Rankings were affected.

Jamaica remains the top Caribbean team behind Australia, New Zealand and England while Trinidad and Tobago are ranked ninth.

Further down the rankings, Uganda swaps places with Barbados, going to 11 from 13.  This is a significant move, as the qualification for Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 will be decided next year, with only the top 12 ranked teams qualifying for entry.

Also swapping places are Zambia (now 16) and Singapore (17).  However, the biggest movement in the rankings is St Lucia, moving down six places from 18 to 24.  St Lucia played in the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 but their ranking has continued to decline since their qualification in 2013.

Three countries – Bermuda, Namibia and Thailand – have lost their ranking, having not played eight matches in the past three years.  A further three – Maldives, Pakistan and Tanzania – have lost their rating through not having played any matches at all during the past three years.

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