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Netball - 10. July 2011.

Australia defeat The Silver Ferns by one goal in WNC Final

Northern Ireland 56-38 Trinidad & Tobago

Malawi vs South Africa 50-52 South Africa 

Jamaica vs England 49-70 1st / 2nd

New Zealand 58-57 Australia

10th July 2011


Possession was key in the tense and thrilling Grand Final of the Mission Foods World Netball Championships today between the Australian Netball Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns, which was won in the last second of extra time by the Diamonds 58 - 57.


From the first whistle it was all or nothing as neither team gave away too much possession on attack and on defence. Both teams were breathtakingly outstanding and gave the 7,512 strong crowd much to cheer for.

 The New Zealand Silver Ferns at one point looked like they had the game in their hands with a six point lead (26 – 20) at half time but lost the advantage in the third quarter when Caitlin Bassett came on for Australia and presented a clear target for the Diamonds shooting an outstanding average of 90%. Chelsea Pitman, who is new to the Diamonds’ Squad, supported the mid court play down the court, feeding effectively into the circle, playing like an experienced international.


Several players shone on court with New Zealand’s Casey Williams (GD) taking intercepts, which for spectators was hard to comprehend just how she got there to do something so remarkable in the first place. Mo’onia Gerrard, who played Goal Defense for Australia for the last three quarters and into extra time was creating havoc around the circle edge, not backing off one inch to give the Silver Ferns an easy shot. As the game headed into the final periods of the game, Australia Goal Shooter, Caitlin Bassett, steadied her nerves and scored an impressive 100% accuracy when it mattered (fourth quarter and first half of extra time).


Both teams were neck to neck (57 – 57) and with 10 seconds to go, New Zealand’s Maria Tutaia squandered what could have been the winning shot of the game. The Diamonds got the rebound of Tutaia’s shot and raced up court for the wining goal of the Championship in the last second of extra time. Final score 58 – 57 to Australia.


The Australian Netball Diamonds retain their crown of World Champion while The Silver Ferns have to wait another four years before their next attempt at snatching the crown from their neighbours.

COURT 1, 3rd/4th
10th July 2011

England have claimed the Bronze Medal back from Jamaica for the first time since 1999 as they confidently dealt to the strong-willed sunshine girls in the 3rd/4th playoff this afternoon.

A strong opening quarter from England set them in good stead for the highly contested match as they continued to push forward and extend their lead till the final whistle.

COURT 1, 5th/6th PLAY-OFF
10th July 2011

South Africa are back on the rise as they defeated World Netball Championship 2007 5th place holders Malawi in the battle for 5th and 6th place today.

After being down by seven goals in the early stages South Africa made some quick changes to their team line up, adjusted, and went from strength to strength before an insurgent Malawi team hit back in the last quarter.


COURT 1, 7th/8th PLAY-OFF
10th July 2011


Trinidad & Tobago came out firing in the first of Finals Day play offs this morning, playing for 7th and 8th position against Northern Ireland.

The game was fairly one-sided as Trinidad & Tobago capitalised on their defensive pick-ups and turnovers whereas Northern Ireland had a low completion rate, struggling to penetrate the shooting circle and get the ball through the hoop.



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