Rachel “done” it!
England shooter Rachel Dunn made netball history at the Co-operative World Netball Series in Manchester this afternoon by becoming the first player to ever score four points with one goal as the national side took on Samoa.
It is the first time that Fast Net has been giving an outing, it is to netball what Twenty20 is to cricket, 7s to rugby and five-a-side to football, but it is much much quicker. Dunn was able to put her name in the history books by landing a goal from outside the traditional shooting area during a Power Play quarter. In this version of the game a shot from outside the circle that successfully goes through the hoop is worth two points while in a Power Play any goal is worth double points.
As a new-born sport it will develop over the weekend and it is clear that tactics will play a big part in the scoring Samoa, who insisted on participating in the event decent the recent tsunamis devestating the country, appeared a little nervous in a noisy MEN Arena but held on to England in the first quarter (just six minutes instead of the usual 15). The home side only found their stride in the second period where another rule change, rolling substitutions, were used to good effect.
England head coach Sue Hawkins nominated the third quarter for the power play and sure enough with her first attempt from the right hand corner of the court Rachel Dunn lifted her lob into the hoop and guaranteed a place in the record books - 1 goal = 4 points. The hosts used the “double-bubble” rule to double their advantage and were 30-8 with one quarter left.
Samoa’s power-play was less effective although Shirin Chang became the first player in her country to net 4 points with one shot. Three goal in total for that quarter saw the final score 36-16.
UMPIRES: Anne Abraitis Sharon Kelly
SAMOA: GS: Malu Faadalolu GA: Shirin Chang WA: Frances Solia C: Brooke Williams WD: Italia Tipely GD: Geraldin Solia GK Lesley Simone
REPS: Monica Faimaono, Lee Edwards, Iola Vaaai, Sase Tauae, Samantha Lewis
ENGLAND: GS: Jo Harten GA:Pamela Cookey WA: Karen Atkinson C Jade Clarke WD Sara Bayman GD Sonia Mkoloma GK Geva Mento
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