AUSTRALIA DEFEAT SCOTLAND 93-20
Australia has continued its dominance of the Pool B matches at the New World Netball World Championships in Auckland today crushing an inexperienced Scotland 93-20. It took eight minutes for Scotland to score and by then Australia had put 14 goals on the board in a powerful display of dominance throughout the court.
photo Micheal Bradley
The game’s surprises came in the unwelcome form of injuries to Australian mid-courters Selina Gilsenan who rolled an ankle, and Natalie von Bertouch who went down after colliding with Claudia Henison. Scotland’s Gail Higgins also departed with an injured ankle, followed by Carlene Hamilton with a wound to her chin.
Substitutions and position changes didn’t affect Australia’s pace or precision as they extended their first quarter lead of 24-4 to 45-10 by half-time, and 71-14 after three periods of play.
Scotland was paid the respect of a thoroughly professional performance by Australia, whose passing, marking and shooting were relentlessly swift, tight and accurate.
Afterwards Lesley MacDonald said that Scotland had aimed to enjoy and learn from the game and were still determined to secure a top ten placing in the tournament.
Asked about Gilsenan, Australian captain Liz Ellis replied, “Selina is a tough cookie, so when she goes down you think oh-oh. But our medical staff know what they are doing, and they will take her away to further assess her.
“I guess the great thing about our team is that we are capable of slotting world class players into every position, so if you lose someone like Selina we can slot someone like Mo’onia (Gerrard) or Julie (Prendergast) into that spot as well.
“We aimed to do different things in each quarter. You can go through this sort of game on auto pilot but we tried not to do that. We tried to make ourselves phase things up. We still had to work pretty hard – I’m sweating my heart out. We had to work hard to get the ball back and when we had the ball we made ourselves do different things to bring the ball down court.”
Australia will now meet Cook Islands in the top section quarter-finals on Thursday.
C Cox 37/40 93%
S McMahon 34/37 92%
S Pratley 11/12 92%
N Medhurst 11/14 79%
L MacDonald 10/17 59%
M Fraser 4/8 50%
S Lyon 6/12 50%