Australia overcome Fiji challenge at World Youth Championships
Australia has been held to its closest game yet at the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, beating Fiji 71-32 to remain undefeated.
A phenomenal performance by Fiji held the Australians to its lowest score and smallest margin of the tournament – a far cry from the past two when Australia defeated Israel (123-6) and Namibia (91-17).
Kaylia Stanton and Gretel Tippett got the nod to start the game in the goal circle as the Australians raced out to a 38-13 at half-time before Fiji battled back in the second half.
Fearless goal keeper Raijieli Daveua held the Fijian team together before the break, her extraordinary elevation resulting in some astounding interceptions against the 197cm shooter Kristina Brice after half-time.
At the other end of the court, Fiji shooter Unaisi Rauluni added 10 goals in the third quarter as the two sides traded goals for most of the third quarter before the defending champions finished 39-goal winners.
Australian coach Carol Byers was impressed with the Fijians performance.
"They played really well. They got some intercepts and shot well and made us work really hard tonight."
Australia, who remain at the top of Pool A, have the bye tonight before their final game of the preliminary round against South Africa on Tuesday 3.00pm (Wednesday 12.00am AEST).