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Australia 34 – 20 South Africa
It was Australia that came out on top when these sides faced each other on day 1, however both sides had been on fine form throughout the competition.
It was an even start to the match with both sides converting off their centre passes and taking the 1 point shots, and this continued through the powerplay until Nichole Taljaard converted a 4 point shot to give South Africa a 10-9 lead at the first break.
A similar tactic was taken by both teams in the second quarter as they opted to work the ball close to the post rather than risk missing shots from distance. At the start of the powerplay there was just 1 goal separating the sides, and this remained the state of play at half-time with the score Australia 17 – 16 South Africa.
Georgie Horjus extended Australia’s lead in the third quarter with a 2 point shot making the score 22 – 18. As the powerplay approached the score was 24 – 20 to Australia and this remained the score line with 6 minutes remaining.
South Africa began to take risks as they had limited time to turn the game around, but this gave Australia opportunities to extend their lead which they took full advantage of. As the final powerplay of the tournament started Australia had a 10 goal lead, and they began to keep the ball away from South Africa with the final score Australia 34 – 20 South Africa.
Congratulations Australia who win the FAST5 Netball World Series.
England 25 – 39 New Zealand
When the sides played each other on day 1 it was England that came out on top with a 1 goal victory in the last second of the match. Both sides looked to be settling the nerves in the early stages as they played risk-free netball and opted against 2 or 3 point shots. At the start of the powerplay England had taken a 3 goal lead, but it was New Zealand that performed best in the powerplay with a 4 point shot making the 1st quarter score England 8 – 7 New Zealand.
New Zealand started the second quarter with the momentum, as Aliyah Dunn netted a 2 point shot to give her side the lead in the first minute. Dunn had her eye in, and scored a further 4 2 point goals to give her side a 4 goal lead at the start of the powerplay. It was a relatively quiet powerplay with the half-time score England 15 – 17 New Zealand.
The New Zealand circle defence were making sure they claimed every rebound when the opportunity came and this helped them claim a 6 goal lead with a minute left on the clock. But, England came back firing in the powerplay with Paige Reed netting a 4 point shot to make the score England 22 – 26 New Zealand with 6 minutes remaining.
England were finding it hard work in attack with New Zealand applying a tight man-on-man defence, with Ellie Temu claiming both interceptions and rebounds. Georgia Heffernan then scored a 3 point shot to give New Zealand a 10 goal lead, and a goal on the buzzer gave New Zealand a 14 goal victory. Final score England 25 – 39 New Zealand.
New Zealand finish 3rd, whilst England take 4th spot.
Uganda 32 – 10 Jamaica
It was a steady start to the 5th/6th place play-off match as both sides seemed happy to settle with 1 point goals. Uganda had a slender 2 goal lead as the first powerplay began, and they continued to play safe netball whilst extending their lead by scoring 2 pointers. At the first break the score was Uganda 8 – 2 Jamaica.
Both teams continued to work the ball close to the post rather than taking on shots from distance, and Uganda were slowly building on their first quarter lead. They led by 8 at the start of the powerplay and extended this to 10 at the half-time whistle with the score 15 – 5.
The teams seemed to take a few minutes to find their rhythm in the second half with very few goals scored, but as per the first half Uganda were building a comprehensive lead and went into the final break leading 23 – 6.
Jamaica began to take a few risks in the final quarter and they were rewarded immediately with a 2 point goal, however Uganda responded instantly with a 2 point goal themselves. It was a professional display by Uganda who secured a comprehensive 32 – 10 victory to finish in 5th place.
Australia Men 25 – 29 New Zealand Men
This was the first time men had competed at the FAST5 Netball World Series and it was set to be an epic encounter as Australia faced New Zealand.
The first advantage was for New Zealand as Faitaua-Nanai scored a 2 point shot to give his side a 4 – 1 lead, however there was just 1 goal separating the sides as the first powerplay began. New Zealand managed to score 2 4 point shots in the powerplay, whilst Australia only netted one. At the break New Zealand led 13-8.
The atmosphere was building inside the stadium and the New Zealand players were responding with their defensive duo winning a number of rebounds. The New Zealand lead was 3 at the start of the powerplay and this lead remained the same at half-time with the score New Zealand 18 – 15 Australia.
Australia leveled the scores with 2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, and the scores remained the same as they entered the powerplay. Both teams managed just 1 2 point goal during the 90 seconds with the scores 21 – 21 with 6 minutes remaining.
The final quarter was end-to-end and Australia took the lead with a few minutes remaining and had a 2 goal lead for the start of the powerplay, but a 4 point goal from Thomson Matuku with just 60 seconds left on the clock gave New Zealand the lead and they held on to win 29 – 25.
Congratulations to New Zealand Men.
Jamaica 27 – 32 England
The first match of day 2 was a close encounter throughout, as England raced into a 5 -1 lead with Everitt claiming a great interception. England were leading 7-3 going into the powerplay, but a 4 point goal by Pinkney made the scores level at 9-9 at the first break.
At the start of the second powerplay Jamaica had secured a 1 goal, before a great 4 point shot by Allison for Jamaica gave them a 19-14 lead, however England responded instantly with their own 4 point shot to give Jamaica a 19-18 at half-time.
No team could break away in this match, as again the scores were level at 22-22 going into the powerplay, with a 4 point shot for England giving them a 26 – 22 lead with 6 minutes remaining.
A great 2 point shot from Jamaica at the start of the final quarter brought Jamaica to within 2 of England immediately which got the crowd off their feet. England were up by 3 going into the final powerplay and they went on to win by 5 with the final score Jamaica 27 – 32 England.
Uganda 32 – 30 Australia
Australia came into their 4th match of the tournament unbeaten, and they looked confident at the start of this match with their defensive unit making it challenging for Uganda to create chances at goal. However, Uganda were also putting Australia under immense pressure which led to a goal scoring first quarter with the score Australia 6 – 2 Uganda.
Uganda came out firing at the start of the second quarter and they had the support of all fans within the Christchurch Arena with the score at the start of the powerplay Uganda 7 – 11 Australia, Australia then threatened to break away, however a 6 point goal by Uganda meant the score at half time was Uganda 13 – 15 Australia.
There was nothing to separate the sides at the start of the second half with both teams converting 1 point shots. At the start of the powerplay, Australia had the lead by just 1 goal, but Uganda had the better powerplay as they claimed a 22 – 21 lead at the final break.
Sophie Dwyer gave Australia a slender advantage at the start of the final 6 minutes with a 2 point shot, however Nassanga replied immediately for Uganda with a 2 point shot herself, but it was Australia that had a 2 point lead at the start of the powerplay. Uganda raced into the lead with an amazing 4 point shot by Cholhok and they held on to claim an outstanding 2 goal victory. Final score Uganda 32 – 30 Australia.
New Zealand 37 – 38 South Africa
South Africa started the match with a high intensity to their play and made it difficult for New Zealand to find space and as a result New Zealand only managed to score 1 goal in the first 6 minutes as South Africa claimed a 5 – 1 lead.
Four goals separated the sides at the start of the second powerplay with South Africa in the lead, and it remained this way with both goal shooters netting 2 4 point goals meaning at half-time the score was New Zealand 16 – 20 South Africa.
South Africa began to extend their lead at the start of the third quarter, but New Zealand brought themselves to within 4 of South Africa at the start of the powerplay and then netted a 4 point goal immediately to bring themselves level. South Africa then netted a 2 point goal to lead 28 – 26 at the final break.
It was set to be a tight finish with just 5 goals separating the sides at the start of the powerplay, and Dunn netted a 4 point shot immediately to bring New Zealand to within 1. Aliyah Dunn followed this up with an epic 6 point shot as she look set to seal the win for New Zealand, however Smit responded for South Africa also scoring a 6 point goal as they reclaimed their 1 goal advantage. That gave South Africa their 3rd win of the tournament with a 38 – 37 victory.
New Zealand Men 36 – 22 England Men
Both of these sides had lost to Australia on day 1, so the winner of this match would be through to the final to face Australia.
New Zealand flew out of the traps as they netted the first 5 goals of the match, however a 2 point shot from England goal shooter, Luke Owen, meant that just 3 goals was the difference as the powerplay began, and the powerplay was even with the score at the first break New Zealand Men 9 – 6 England Men.
In the second quarter, the New Zealand defence of Swartz and Apisai were causing England problems as they struggled to get the ball to their shooting duo. This meant that New Zealand had a 13-8 lead at the start of the powerplay, and they extended this immediately with a 4 point shot. At half-time New Zealand led 19-8.
New Zealand extended their lead at the start of the third quarter as they went into the powerplay leading 26 – 12, and a quiet powerplay for both sides meant that the score with 6 minutes remaining was New Zealand 28 – 12 England.
It was New Zealand’s to lose in the 4th quarter, as England had to take on the long shots to try and reduce the New Zealand lead and unfortunately for England they weren’t converting frequently enough as New Zealand claimed the victory 36 – 22 meaning that New Zealand booked a final spot against Australia.
Australia 34 – 28 England
These sides came into this match in 1st and 2nd place having both lost just one match previously. Australia had the stronger start leading 6-3 as the powerplay approached, but a 6 point shot on the buzzer by Paige Reed gave England a slender 11 – 8 lead.
Australia started the second quarter well and a 2 point shot by Sophie Dwyer gave Australia a 1 goal lead at the halfway stage. The Australian side built on this to lead by 3 at the start of the powerplay, which they retained with the half-time score Australia 18 – 15 England.
The early stages of the third quarter saw Australia extend their lead as they had claimed a 6 goal lead at the start of the powerplay. England managed to reduce the Australia lead to just 2 goals, however, Australia played sensible netball to ensure they retained their lead with the score at the break 26 – 22.
The match situation had not altered too much as the final powerplay approached with Australia leading by just 6 goals, which England quickly reduced to 4. Australia held on to book their place in the final with a 34 – 28 victory.
New Zealand 40 – 22 Jamaica
These sides came into this match in 5th and 6th position with both sides in need of the win. It was a steady start from both with New Zealand ahead by 2 at the start of the first powerplay. Both Dunn (New Zealand) and Allison (Jamaica) netted a 4 point goal with New Zealand leading 12 – 9 at the break.
New Zealand started the second quarter well as they extended their lead to 8 goals at the start of the powerplay. Jamaica were unable to make the powerplay count as they couldn’t convert any shots from distance, at half-time the score was New Zealand 20 – 12 Jamaica.
The home crowd urged New Zealand on at the start of the second half, and the team responded as they claimed a 13 goal lead going into the powerplay. They extended this further with a 4 point goal on the buzzer by Metuarau to lead 35 – 16 with 6 minutes remaining.
Jamaica came out fighting in the final quarter with a 3 point shot reducing the New Zealand lead, but New Zealand retained a significant lead at the start of the final powerplay and clinched the win with the final score 40 – 22.
Uganda 22 – 27 South Africa
It was all to play for in the final match of the group stages with a final place still technically possible for both sides. The match had even start with both sides fighting for every ball, but it was South Africa that went into the break with a slender 2 goal lead.
The second quarter followed a similar pattern to that of the first with neither side able to break away. The scores were level as they entered the powerplay, and both Mary Cholhok and Zandre Smit netted 4 point goals to ensure South Africa retained their 2 goal lead with the score 13 – 11.
South Africa began to extend their lead in the third quarter as they went into the powerplay leading 19 – 14, and they had the better of the powerplay as they secured a 9 goal lead at the final break.
Uganda came out fighting in the final 6 minutes with Nassanga netting a 2 point shot to help reduce the South Africa lead to 5, but South Africa held on to win 27 – 22 and book their place in the final against Australia.
|2:45pm||Australia Men||29||–||20||England Men|
|6:30pm||New Zealand Men||24||–||31||Australia Men|
|1:30pm||New Zealand||37||–||38||South Africa|
|2:15pm||New Zealand Men||36||–||22||England Men|
|5:20pm||Australia Men||25||–||29||New Zealand Men|
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Australia 39 – 15 Jamaica
There was a buzz around the stadium for the first match of the competition and it didn’t take long for the first 2 point goal to be netted by Jamaica’s Allison to give her side an early lead. However, Australia came back strong with a couple of 2 pointers themselves as well as significant defensive pressure. First quarter score Australia 14 – 5 Jamaica.
The Australia defence continued to cover all areas of the court and were forcing Jamaica into misplaced passes as they extended their lead. At half-time, the score was Australia 21 – 9 Jamaica.
The second half started at a slower pace with neither team finding their range from distance. Jamaica only managed to net 3 goals during the quarter, meaning that Australia extended their lead further to lead 30 – 12 with just 6 minutes remaining.
The first and only three point goal was scored at the start of the final quarter by Jamaica’s Mischa Creary as they looked to fight back. However, it was a dominant display by Australia who secured the first victory of the tournament 39 – 15.
New Zealand 49 – 32 Uganda
The second match of the day saw the reigning champions, New Zealand, take on Uganda. The match started frantically with both teams struggling to find the net, however Uganda then began to find their flow with Cholhok netting a 2 point goal in the powerplay, but Heffermen responded immediately with a 3 point goal to make the score at the break New Zealand 6 – 8 Uganda.
The start of the second quarter saw Cholhok score 2 consecutive 2 point goals as her side raced into a 14 – 9 lead. But it was New Zealand’s turn to start sinking the long bombs as they quickly claimed the lead, with the score at half-time 18 – 14.
Both sides seemed to be growing in confidence and were continuously looking to shoot either 2 or 3 point goals. It was a profitable powerplay for New Zealand as their goal shooter, Aliyah Dunn, scored two 3 point goals in a row to give her side a 38 – 25 lead at the break.
New Zealand grew in confidence as the match went on with Aliyah Dunn a stand-out performer shooting at 81% including several 2 and 3 point goals. Full time score New Zealand 45 – 32 Uganda.
England 26 – 32 South Africa
Both sides were happy to settle for 1 point goals in the early stages of match 3 as they looked to find their rhythm. It was an even start with both sides having good passages of play, as well as some sloppy play. The score at the first break was England 8 – 8 South Africa.
Both defensive ends were turning over ball in the second quarter as the match ebbed and flowed, neither team really benefited from the powerplay with the half-time score England 15 – 18 South Africa.
England goal keeper, Jayda Pechova, claimed two flying interceptions to allow England to claim a 2 goal lead at the start of the powerplay, however a 3 point goal by South Africa gave them a slender 25 – 23 lead at the break.
There was just 2 goals separating the sides as they entered the final powerplay, and it was South Africa that netted the first and only 2 point goal as they claimed the win 32 – 26.
Australia Men 29 – 20 England Men
The first men’s match of the tournament saw an impressive entrance by the Australian side as they performed a team dance once on court, and they took this energy into their netball as they netted a 2 point shot immediately. However, the tempo then slowed down as no further goals were scored before the start of the powerplay. Another 2 point shot gave Australia a 6 – 2 lead at the break.
There wasn’t too much to separate the sides other than the fact Australia were shooting more accurately from a distance and this was evident with three minutes left on the clock when Lee-Tauroa scored an impressive 3 point goal. But, England brought themselves back into the match with just 20 seconds left on the clock as Ross Oliphant scored a 6 point shot in the powerplay. Half-time score Australia 15 – 11 England.
Despite Australia increasing their lead in the early stages of the third quarter, neither team were able to make the most out of the powerplay period with the score at the third quarter break Australia 21 – 13 England.
The Australian centre, Forcadilla, seemed to be covering all areas of the court as he made 14 feeds during the match as his side raced into a 13 goal lead at the start of the powerplay. Despite a strong powerplay by England, Australia claimed the win 29 – 20.
Jamaica 22 – 33 Uganda
Both these sides were looking for their first victory in their second match of the day, and it was Uganda that got off to a great start with their centre, Baagala, making 5 feeds and claiming 3 pickups in the first 6 minutes, as they lead 10 – 3 at the break.
The second quarter was better from the Sunshine Girls as Kimone Shaw claimed 3 interceptions, however Uganda were still able to win the quarter 7 – 4 making the half-time score Uganda 17 – 7 Jamaica.
Uganda continued to dominate proceedings and they were now able to play safe netball as they looked to take close-ranged shots where possible, whereas Jamaica knew they had to take risks but were lacking accuracy. At the third quarter break the score was Jamaica 15 – 25 Uganda.
The pattern of the game did not change in the final quarter as Uganda claimed their first win of the tournament. Final score Jamaica 22 – 33 Uganda.
South Africa 19-25 Australia
Both sides came into this match in high spirits after winning their first match of the day, and it was the Australian Diamonds that started this match the better as their defensive pressure was proving too much for South Africa. However, South Africa had the better of the powerplay with the score at the break South Africa 4 – 7 Australia.
South Africa started the second quarter well as a 2 point shot from Taljaard got her side to within 2 goals of Australia. At half-time Australia led by just 4 goals with the score 12 – 8.
The third quarter belonged to Australia as they won the quarter 8 – 3 with Sophie Garbin shooting at 90% in the match. With just 6 minutes remaining, they led 18 – 11. There were 6 goals separating the sides as they entered the final powerplay, and a 4 point shot by South Africa led to an exciting finish, however Australia held on to secure their second victory 25 – 19.
New Zealand 31 – 32 England
The Silver Ferns came out firing for their second match of the day as they put significant defensive pressure on England throughout the court forcing them into mistakes. New Zealand then netted a goal on the buzzer to claim a 9 – 3 lead at the first break.
It was a much improved second quarter for England and a 4 point goal in the powerplay allowed them to reduce the New Zealand lead to just 5 goals, with the score at half-time New Zealand 16 – 11 England.
England got just the start they needed at the start of the second half as Paige Reed netted a 2 point goal meaning New Zealand led by just 1 goal as the powerplay began. However, Dunn continued her form from match 1 as she scored another 2 point goal meaning New Zealand led 23 – 20 with 6 minutes remaining.
Either team could have won this match with both sides having times where they dominated, however a 6 point shot in the final 10 seconds gave England a 1 goal victory with the final score New Zealand 31 – 32 England.
New Zealand Men 24 – 31 Australia Men
New Zealand started the match well with a 2 point goal in the first minute of the match as they encouraged the home crowd to get behind them. Australia then led for the most of the quarter until a 4 point shot for New Zealand in the powerplay meant the score was 6-6 at the break.
There was nothing to separate the sides as the powerplay began in the second quarter, and it remained close with just 1 Australian 2 point shot. At half-time Australia led 13-10.
The atmosphere was electric in the stadium as the New Zealand Men were roared on, and a flying interception by Apisai got everyone off their seat. With just 10 seconds remaining New Zealand took the lead, however an Australian 6 point goal on the buzzer by Roberts gave them a 21 – 16 lead with 6 minutes remaining.
There was just 1 goal seperating the sides as the final powerplay began, and Australia immediately scored a 4 point goal to lead by 5. Another 4 point goal by Australia gave them a 31 – 24 victory.
South Africa 28 – 27 Jamaica
South Africa had won 1 of their 2 matches whilst Jamaica were looking for their first win in the 9th match of day 1. The match had a slow start with the lowest scoring quarter of the day as South Africa went into the break leading 3-2.
It continued to be a low scoring game with South Africa creating more attempts on goal than Jamaica but Jamaica shooting more accurately. As the powerplay began South Africa led 10 – 7, however a 4 point shot from Jamaica gave them an 11 – 10 lead at half-time.
The third quarter flew into action during the powerplay with Jamaica scoring a 6 point goal and a 4 point goal, whilst South Africa also managed a 4 point goal themselves. Wth 6 minutes remaining Jamaica led 23 – 17.
South Africa continued to create a number of attempts on goal, however they were lacking accuracy on their shot. A 6 point shot with 30 seconds on the clock took South Africa to within just 1 goal of Jamaica, and a 2 point goal in the final second gave them the win. Final score South Africa 28 – 27 Jamaica.
England 38 – 34 Uganda
England started the second to last match of the day well as Paige Reed looked full of confidence after her final second 6 point goal in the previous match. At the first break the Roses led 10 – 4.
Uganda came back strongly in the second quarter with Nampungu at goal defence causing England problems. As the powerplay started England led by just one goal, and Uganda dominated the power play to lead 17 – 12 at half-time.
The momentum was with Uganda, and another strong performance in the third quarter looked set to give them a significant lead at the break, however a last second 4 point shot by Pearson meant that the lead was just 5 goals with the score England 21 – 26 Uganda.
England had turned it around in the final quarter before, and Paige Reed yet again scored a last second 6 point goal to give the Roses a four goal lead. The final score was England 38 – 34a Uganda.
New Zealand 31 – 33 Australia
The final match of the day was the battle between New Zealand and Australia, and it was the unbeaten Australia that started the better as they were leading 6-2 when the first powerplay began. However, a 4 point shot from New Zealand goal attack Metuarau meant that the score at the break was New Zealand 6 – 8 Australia.
There was nothing to separate for the first 4 minutes of the quarter, however the Australian Diamonds finished well as they led 19 – 11 at half-time.
The Australia defence were making it extremely hard for New Zealand to get the ball into shooting positions a the start of the second half as they applied a tight man-on-man defence, with 6 minutes remaining they led 28 – 15.
New Zealand got the start they needed in the final quarter as they scored consecutive 2 point goals to reduce the Australian lead to just 6. At the start of the powerplay New Zealand netted a 6 point goal immediately to bring the scores level, however Australia remained composed and secured a thrilling 2 goal victory to remain unbeaten with the final score New Zealand 31 – 33 Australia.
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