The Cadbury Netball Series has begun in New Zealand, with New Zealand Men winning the opening match of the series 47-39 against the Mixed Invitational in Auckland.
It was a world first, having a mixed team compete at the elite level, and they certainly made an entrance starting strong and only trailing by six at the end of the first quarter leaving it all still to play for.
However, a stand-out second quarter from the men’s team, with shooter Jay Geldard clinical in the shooting circle, allowed them to take control and extend their lead to a 28-18 at half-time.
The second half continued to be just as fast-paced and entertaining for the international fans watching on NetballPass, with Geldard finishing with his shooting starts at 82% for the men’s team, whilst on the Mixed team Quintin Gerber had an equally good shooting percentage of 82%, and 28 goals to his name.
However, it was New Zealand Men that clinched it with a 47-39 victory.
In the second match of the series, the Silver Ferns took on New Zealand A (NZ A), as part of the Silver Ferns preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games starting on the 28th July.
The Silver Ferns came out on top, beating NZ A 67-48.
The Cadbury Series will run until the 16th July, with the Silver Ferns, New Zealand Men, New Zealand A, and an invitational Mixed team all competing throughout the four day event.
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Photo credit: Michael Bradley Photography