NEW WORLD NETBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Official Game Report: AUSTRALIA DEFEAT TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 78-34
Australia overcame a patchy second quarter to repel a physical Trinidad & Tobago 78-34 at the New World Netball World Championships at The Trusts Stadium, Auckland today.
With leading players captain Liz Ellis and goal shoot Catherine Cox rested for the match, Australia lacked some of their usual efficiency, resulting in a high error rate, but they bounced back to finish strongly.
Australia started with a bang, racing out to a commanding 24-9 first quarter lead as the team from the Caribbean failed to cope with their opponents’ speed of play. But several chances went begging for the Australians, who were wayward in their shooting during this stanza.
Showing glimpses of their famous aerial flair, Trinidad & Tobago fought back in the second quarter of the increasingly physical encounter as Australia went through a mistake-ridden patch.
Trinidad & Tobago’s period of dominance, however, was short-lived as Australia responded to a rev-up from coach Norma Plummer during an injury break.
Although it was far from a vintage performance, Australia ground their way back to form, confronting the physical challenge of Trinidad & Tobago with a superior passing game and overall efficiency.
With some of their less experienced members at both ends of the court, Australia sprang away again after an even start to the third quarter. Stretching out to a 58-30 three-quarter time advantage, the Australian shooting duo of Susan Pratley and Natalie Medhurst regained their touch with a higher degree of accuracy.
As Trinidad & Tobago tired, Australia took control in a dominating final quarter.
“It was a very pleasing start for us with 24 goals after the first quarter and perhaps we let that slip a little bit in the second quarter but we picked it up again in that third quarter so there were good things to take away and also some things to work on,” Australia’s vice-captain Sharelle McMahon said.
Match report attached.
McMahon 24/25 96%
Pratley 42/49 86%
Medhurst 12/13 92%
Trinidad & Tobago
Barker 9/10 90%
Cooper 3/3 100%
Morgan 6/6 100%
Wilson 15/19 79%
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