Day two of the CSE World Netball Series 2010 in Liverpool and it was a different attitude from the New Zealand side that took to the court against England at the Echo Arena. They started the match brightly their defence making key turnovers in mid-court and shutting out the England shooting duo of Harten and Cookey for a large part of the quarter. A shuffle of personnel helped England settle and by the end of a low-scoring first 6 minutes, led 4-2.
In the second quarter the Silver Ferns pulled level at 5-5 after at couple of key intercepts but Jo Harten took advantage of a penalty on the outside of the D to land her first double pointer of the match. It was a lead that was short lived in a game where excellent marking by both sides made progress up and down the court challenging and shots on goal precious. It was New Zealand who found that six minutes more lucrative and ensured the half-time scores were level a 10-10.
England pulled out their PowerPlay in the 3rd quarter which was a signal for the Kiwis to keep possession and slow the game, a game-plan they stuck to in the first part of the quarter. It meant the home side couldn’t run ahead of their opponents who were able to match their 6 goals and keep the difference to 6 points at the quarter whistle; again a worry for the fans about whether that bonus round had paid off enough for the red and whites.
It left New Zealand with a final quarter PowerPlay, which is always nerve wracking for fans of the team in front as their lead gets dramatically chopped with each successful punt. As it turns out there was no need to worry and the England seven all stepped up their performance leave, making good use of the court space working the ball cleanly through the thirds. While the shooters converted their chances the defence denied the Ferns an easy ride and as the quarter was tied four goals each England held on for a 26-24 win.
England starting 7: GS Jo Harten, GA Pamela Cookey, WA Tamsin Greenway, C Karen Atkinson (captain), WD Serena Guthrie, GD Stacey Francis, GK Eboni Beckford-Chambers.
Bench: Louisa Brownfield, Rachel Dunn, Sasha Corbin, Sonia Mkoloma, Lindsay Keable.
Umpires Theresa Prince (SA), Dave Brown (JAM) 3rd official Annie Kloppers (SA)
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day