Australia has scored its first win over South Africa since 2011 as the Flyers continued their unbeaten FAST5 World Netball Series campaign in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
The Proteas had beaten Australia in the past two FAST5 World Netball Series, but the Flyers ensured they remain on track for a top two finish with a 30-8 victory in their second game of the tournament this afternoon.
The third quarter proved decisive in the 22-goal result, which was Australia's biggest victory over South Africa since the 2010 tournament.
It was an even start to the match with Flyers shooter Kate Beveridge scoring all six of Australia's points as it went to the quarter-time break leading by a goal.
The Flyers took a strong grip on the match by scoring the first six points of the season term with co-captain Erin Bell continuing her sweet shooting from the two-point range to give Australia a 15-7 lead heading into the main break.
Bell was complimented by Karyn Bailey, who provided a strong presence under the post.
South Africa used its power play in the third term and Flyers coach Jane Searle produced her first surprise tactic of the tournament by giving Ashleigh Brazill a run at goal attack to start the second half.
Like they did against Jamaica, the Flyers defence completely blanketed the Proteas shooters and kept them scoreless for the quarter as they extended their lead to 20-7 heading into the final term. Youngsters Jo Weston and Kate Shimmin were again dominant.
Australia took advantage of its power play period in the final term, shooting at 100 per cent for the quarter from the one-point shot range to power away to another 20-goal victory.
Brazill said her move into the shooting circle was designed to throw off the Proteas defence, even though she didn't put up a shot.
"I've been practising my three point shot, so power play I thought I'd get out there but the girls did a really good job and we're happy with that result," Brazill said.
The Flyers' final match of the tournament's opening day is against hosts the New Zealand FAST5 Ferns at 5.35pm (AEDT).
1PT 2PT 3PT
K. Bailey 6/6 - -
A. Brazill - - -
E. Bell 3/4 3/11 0/2
K. Beveridge 2/2 4/5 -
A. Wild - 0/1 -
1PT 2PT 3PT
V. Du Toit 2/2 - -
M. Joubert 1/1 0/2 0/3
M. Holtzhausen 1/1 2/6 0/4
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