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    Ian
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    (12 teams)

    Format: 2 pools of 6, classification games, semis and finals

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    AUSTRALIA
    BASSETT, Caitlin
    CALDWELL, Tegan
    CHATFIELD, Bianca
    CORLETTO, Julie
    GEITZ, Laura (captain)
    GREEN, Kimberlee
    HALLINAN, Renae
    LAYTON, Sharni
    MEDHURST, Natalie
    RAVAILLION, Kimberley
    ROBINSON, Madison
    THWAITES, Caitlin
    Coach: Lisa Alexander

    BARBADOS
    BLACKMAN, Latonia (captain)
    BROWNE, Laurel
    BROWNE, Samantha
    BRUCE, Shonette
    CLARKE, Jeniece
    CRONEY, Damisha
    MARVILLE, Kizzy
    NILES, Rhe-Anne
    PIGGOTT, Nikita,
    ROCK, Shanice
    THOMAS, Sheniqua
    WHARTON, Shonica

    ENGLAND
    AGBEZE, Ama
    BAYMAN, Sara
    BECKFORD-CHAMBERS, Eboni
    CLARKE, Jade (captain)
    CORBIN, Kadeen
    CORBIN, Sasha
    DUNN, Rachel
    FRANCIS, Stacey
    GUTHRIE, Serena
    HARTEN, Joanne
    HOUSBY, Helen
    MENTOR, Geva
    Coach: Anna Mayes

    JAMAICA
    AIKEN, Romelda
    AIKEN-PINNOCK, Nicole (captain)
    BECKFORD, Shanice
    EVERING, Kasey
    FACEY, Stacian
    FOWLER-REID, Jhaniele
    HARWOOD, Tristina
    HENRY, Sasher-Gaye
    KELLY, Malysha
    THOMPSON, Paula
    WILLIAMS, Khadijah
    WILLIAMS, Vangelee
    Coach: Minneth Reynolds

    MALAWI
    CHIMALIRO, Jane
    KACHILIKA, Joanne
    KAMZATI, Tina
    KUMWENDA, Mwawi
    LWAZI, Takondwa
    MPINGANJIRA, Beatrice
    MTUKULE, Caroline
    MVULA, Joyce
    MWAFULIRWA, Grace
    NGWIRA, Lauren
    SIMTOWE, Sindi
    VINKHUMBO, Towera

    NEW ZEALAND
    BROWN, Jodi
    DE BRUIN, Leana
    FRANCOIS, Shannon
    GRANT, Katrina
    HALPENNY, Ellen
    HARRISON, Anna
    HENRY, Joline
    KOPUA, Casey (captain)
    LANGMAN, Laura
    LATU, Cathrine
    LEOTA, Liana
    TUTAIA, Maria
    Coach: Wai Taumaunu

    NORTHERN IRELAND
    COOPER, Niamh
    DRAYNE, Michelle
    GIBNEY, Gemma
    LENNON, Noleen
    MASTERS, Nordia
    MCCAFFREY, Lisa
    MCCULLOUCH, Oonagh
    O’HANLON, Caroline
    SOMERVILLE, Lisa
    TONER, Fionnuala
    TONER, Marie
    WILLIS, Hannah (captain)

    SCOTLAND
    BROWNIE, Claire
    CONNELL, Karin
    FORBES, Rachel
    GALLAGHER, Lynsey
    MCDONALD, Lesley (captain)
    MCNEILL, June
    MOORE-MCGRATH, Fiona
    MULHERON, Hayley
    MURPHY, Samantha
    PETTITT, Jo
    SOLE, Gemma
    THEMANN, Fiona

    SOUTH AFRICA
    BURGER, Erin
    HOLTZHAUSEN, Maryka (captain)
    MDODANA, Zanele
    MOSTERT, Karla
    MSOMI, Bongiwe
    MTHEMBU, Precious
    MYBURGH, Melissa
    NIEMAND, Adele
    POTGIETER, Lenize
    TSOTSETSI, Kefiloe
    VAN ZYL, Chrisna
    VIMBELA, Zanele

    ST LUCIA
    ALTIFOIS-FENELON, Germaine
    CHARLES, Denise
    HIPPOLYTE, Ianna
    HUNTE, Rommela
    JUSTIN, Chattany
    LAURENCIN-ROACHFORD, Indira
    MATHURIN, Judie
    MAXWELL, Shem (captain)
    PAUL, Zalika
    SAMUEL, Delia
    SNYDER, Roxanne
    WILLIAM, Saphia

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    BARKER, Janelle
    CONNELLY, Kielle
    COOPER, Joelisa
    DUNCAN, Kemba
    JACK, Onella
    JOHN-DAVIS, Rhonda
    LA ROCHE-BRICE, Anika (captain)
    LIVERPOOL, Alicia
    LIVERPOOL, Tricia
    MCCOLLIN, Kalifa
    SWIFT, Daystar
    WILSON, Anastascia

    WALES
    DRANE, Suzy (captain)
    DYKE, Bethan
    JAMES, Nichola
    JAMES, Rebecca
    JONES, Kyra
    JONES, Nia
    LEWIS, Chelsea
    MORGAN, Kelly
    MOSELEY, Cara Lea
    MYDDELTON, Steph
    PRITCHARD, Billy
    THOMAS, Leanne

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    ENGLAND CAN MAKE NETBALL FINAL – SERENA GUTHRIE
    BBC

    Team Bath’s England netballer Serena Guthrie says the squad has what it takes to make the final at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. England have never made the final at the event before, losing all four semi-finals they have contested since the sport made its debut in 1998.

    “We want to be in that final,” Jersey-born Guthrie told BBC Sport. “We want to be competing and we want to show world netball that we’re not a bronze medal team anymore.”

    Glasgow will be Guthrie’s first Commonwealth Games, but the 24-year-old is no stranger to the England set-up, having made her debut as a 17-year-old back in 2008. She has also been part of the England side that won a bronze at the 2011 World Championships and

    “We’ve sat down and talked about what medal we want and it’s not a bronze,” she said. “We want to be in that final and that’s our goal and we’ll be pushing hard for that.”

    Three of England’s Commonwealth Games semi-final defeats have been against Australia. But Guthrie was part of the England side which in the last test series in January 2013, boosting their confidence for this summer’s matches in Glasgow.

    “You have to put in the performances in order to believe, and I think we’ve done that more consistently over the past four years,” Guthrie said. “Going into these games we can beat Australia and New Zealand and we’re looking forward to that challenge. The pool rounds will be important for us because we’ll meet them nice and early.

    “It’s my first games and I’m really excited, I’m not sure what to expect. It’s nice to have a blank canvas and I want to write an amazing story on it when I get up there. We have a really solid team that can go up there and give it our all.”

    England’s Commonwealth Games semi-final heartaches
    2010 – Lost to Australia (won bronze)
    2006 – Lost to Australia (won bronze)
    2002 – Lost to Australia (came fourth)
    1998 – Lost to New Zealand (won bronze)

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    POOL A

    MALAWI 71 def NTH IRELAND 50
    (Kumwenda 44/47, Simtowe 21/21, Chimaliro 6/7)
    (Somerville 21/26, Lennon 20/21, McCulloch 9/18, Toner 0/1)

    JAMAICA 88 def ST LUCIA 24
    (Fowler-Reid 32/35, Aiken 23/28, Harwood 17/18, Beckford 16/18)
    (Maxwell 11/16, Laurencin 9/13, Hippolyte 4/4)

    NEW ZEALAND 50 def MALAWI 47
    (Latu 30/31, Tutaia 12/15, Brown 8/14)
    Kumwenda 38/39, Simtowe 9/11)

    SCOTLAND 58 def ST LUCIA 30
    (McDonald 22/27, Gallagher 21/25, Sole 5/6)
    (Laurencin 20/25, Maxwell 10/16, Hippolyte 0/4)

    JAMAICA 65 def NORTHERN IRELAND 34
    (Fowler-Reid 49/55, Beckford 12/16, Harwood 4/7)
    (Lennon 13/21, Somerville 12/17, McCulloch 9/16)

    NEW ZEALAND 71 def SCOTLAND 14
    (Latu 30/31, Halpenny 14/18, Brown 14/22, Tutaia 13/17)
    (Pettitt 10/16, HGallagher 3/7, MacDonald 1/3)

    MALAWI 69 def ST LUCIA 28
    (Kumwenda 42/49, Simtowe 15/19, Mvula 12/14)
    (Maxwell 16/28, Hippolyte 9/13, Altifois-Fenelon 2/3, Laurencin 1/2)

    JAMAICA 68 def SCOTLAND 26
    (Aiken 42/49, Harwood 15/21, Fowler-Reid 11/14)
    (MacDonald 12/17, Gallagher 6/10, Pettitt 5/5, Sole 3/5)

    NEW ZEALAND 78 def NORTHERN IRELAND 29
    (Brown 45/52, Latu 32/34, Tutaia 1/2, Francois 0/1)
    (Lennon 17/22, Somerville 7/9, McCullough 5/14)

    NORTHERN IRELAND 61 def ST LUCIA 40
    (Lennon 35/38, McCullough 14/20, Somerville 11/14, Toner 1/3)
    (Maxwell 24/32, Lauencin 9/11, Altifois-Fenelon 7/12)

    JAMAICA 81 def MALAWI 50
    (Fowler-Reid 55/59, Beckford 24/27, Harwood 2/4)
    (Kumwenda 31/33, Simtowe 16/25, Chimaliro 3/7)

    NEW ZEALAND 88 def ST LUCIA 19
    (Brown 54/66, Leota 19/26, Halpenny 15/18)
    (Maxwell 13/21, Hippolyte 4/5, Altifois-Fenelon 1/1, Laurencin 1/)

    MALAWI 62 def SCOTLAND 35
    (Kumwenda 40/48, Simtowe 22/25)
    (Gallagher 13/16, MacDonald 11/14, Pettitt 6/10, Sole 5/8)

    NEW ZEALAND 50 def JAMAICA 42
    (Brown 29/41, Halpenny 21/28)
    (Fowler-Reid 35/39, Beckford 7/8)

    NORTHERN IRELAND 37 def SCOTLAND 32
    (Lennon 32/48, McCullough 5/10)
    (Gallagher 19/24, MacDonald 13/16, Pettitt 0/1)

    POOL ORDER:
    1 . New Zealand
    2 . Jamaica
    3 . Malawi
    4 . Northern Ireland
    5 . Scotland
    6 . St Lucia

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    POOL B

    AUSTRALIA 63 def WALES 36
    (Bassett 24/28, Thwaites 19/23, Caldwell 12/15, Medhurst 8/11)
    (Lewis 24/35, R.James 8/11, Moseley 4/7)

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 38 def BARBADOS 37
    (McCollin 18/21, Cooper 16/21, Barker 4/5)
    (Thomas 19/26, L.Browne 8/8, Piggott 7/11, Wharton 3/6)

    ENGLAND 65 def WALES 25
    (Harten 33/43, Dunn 20/22, K.Corbin 7/10, Housby 5/9)
    R.James 11/16 Moseley 9/15, Lewis 5/10, Thomas 0/4)

    SOUTH AFRICA 56 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 40
    (Potgieter 26/31, Myburgh 14/20, van Zyl 8/10, Holtzhausen 8/10)
    (Cooper 15/17, Wilson 15/17, McCollin 10/11)

    AUSTRALIA 49 def ENGLAND 48
    (Bassett 36/41, Medhurst 11/13, Caldwell 2/5)
    (Harten 29/37, K.Corbin 19/24)

    SOUTH AFRICA 57 def BARBADOS 36
    (van Zyl 20/25, Potgieter 17/19, Holtzhausen 11/12, Myburgh 9/12)
    (L.Browne 23/27, Piggott 11/20, Thomas 2/3)

    WALES 50 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 31
    (Lewis 31/40, R.James 12/19, Moseley 7/9)
    (McCollin 13/15, Wilson 12/19, Cooper 5/7, Barker 1/2)

    AUSTRALIA 77 def BARBADOS 27
    (Thwaites 42/50, Caldwell 35/39)
    (Wharton 11/12, Thomas 8/11, Browne 6/7, Piggott 2/4)

    ENGLAND 41 def SOUTH AFRICA 35
    (Harten 20/29, Dunn 16/18, K.Corbin 5/10)
    (van Zyl 27/32, Holtzhausen 8/15)

    WALES 47 def BARBADOS 35
    (Lewis 21/30, Moseley 19/29, R.James 7/10)
    (L.Browne 21/27, Thomas 14/20)

    AUSTRALIA 69 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 34
    (Bassett 21/23, Thwaites 21/23, Caldwell 17/20, Medhurst 10/14)
    (Cooper 15/24, McCollin 10/15, Wilson 9/13)

    ENGLAND 70 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 24
    (Harten 35/43, K.Corbin 16/19, Housby 11/12, Dunn 8/10)
    (Cooper 13/16, Wilson 7/11, McCollin 4/6)

    SOUTH AFRICA 61 def WALES 41
    (Potgieter 48/54, Myburgh 8/13, Holtzhausen 5/8)
    (R.James 16/24, Lewis 16/24, Thomas 6/7, Moseley 3/5)

    AUSTRALIA 64 def SOUTH AFRICA 40
    (Bassett 30/33, Medhurst 21/23, Caldwell 7/10, Thwaites 6/6)
    (Potgieter 26/29, Holtzhausen 8/8, van Zyl 4/8, Myburgh 2/3)

    ENGLAND 69 def BARBADOS 27
    (Harten 33/36, Dunn 25/30, Housby 11/12)
    (Piggott 17/23, Wharton 5/6, L.Browne 4/6, Thomas 1/6)

    POOL ORDER:
    1 . Australia
    2 . England
    3 . South Africa
    4 . Wales
    5 . Trinidad & Tobago
    6 . Barbados

    ‘DIAMONDS DIDN’T DESERVE TO WIN’, CLAIMS ENGLAND NETBALL STAR
    By Chris Barrett

    England’s Serena Guthrie has taken a parting shot at an “over the top” physical approach by Australia after a tense and rough netball clash in Glasgow on Friday that was pinched by the Diamonds in a dramatic finale. Despite not hitting the front until the final eight minutes of the match, Australia clawed its way back to win 49-48. The victory was clinched by goal shooter Caitlin Bassett with 15 seconds left on the clock.

    The come-from-behind win keeps intact Australia’s flawless record after two pool games, and it remains on track for a gold medal showdown with New Zealand. But England gave it an almighty scare after twice opening up a six-point margin in the gripping contest. England had beaten Australia 3-0 in a series last year – its first series win over the Diamonds – and looked set to roll the world champion again.

    The match was marked by its physicality, with players from both teams hitting the floor throughout, although none more so than England’s crafty centre Guthrie, who was felled repeatedly in a showdown with Australian wing defence Sharni Layton.

    Guthrie, who will be joining the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Championship, said the Diamonds resorted to physical contact to pull off the escape. “I do think we deserved to win today, I don’t think that Aussie team deserved to win,” she said. “And I think a lot of people would agree with that. They had to put the body out in order to try and disconnect us.” On Australia’s physicality, she added: “It felt a bit over the top today, but you know that’s the game. We’ll see what else they can bring to the competition in terms of skill, because their physicality is certainly there.”

    The match, Australia’s second of five in the preliminary stage in Glasgow, was an important one, with the winners of group B to play the second-placed team in group A in the semi-finals, and the runners-up to meet defending champion New Zealand, which is favourite to win its pool despite a modest performance against Malawi on Friday.

    The Diamonds had trailed from the outset as the imposing figure of England’s goal defence, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, patrolled the back court and the Corbin sisters, Sasha and Kadeen, and Guthrie made life difficult at the other end with their silky passing game.

    Australian goal attack Natalie Medhurst, introduced as one of several changes at quarter-time, said players from both teams had been on the end of heavy contact. “Myself and probably every other player hit the deck probably at least twice,” she said. “It was extremely physical. We know that’s particularly the type of style that they play. We were prepared for that and a couple of times we just weren’t strong enough on the ball and we really needed to hold our space which, I think particularly in those dying minutes, when it counted, we were able to do that.”

    Medhurst said there was improvement to be made before Australia’s next assignment against Barbados on Sunday. “We weren’t happy with how we started,” she said. “That was really disappointing and that’s something that we’re certainly going to have to look at. “But in the games between the top four countries you never know, it’s always going to be close, particularly at these sorts of championships. Everyone puts everything out there. It’s obviously extremely cut-throat.”

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    11/12 PLAYOFF – BARBADOS 53 def ST LUCIA 27
    (Wharton 41/45, Thomas 6/10, Piggott 6/12)
    (Maxwell 16/24, Hippolyte 9/14, Altifois-Fenelon 2/3)

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    9/10 PLAYOFF – SCOTLAND 46 def TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 28
    (Gallagher 22/29, MacDonald 16/20, Sole 5/5, Pettitt 3/6)
    (Barker 11/11, Wilson 10/13, McCollin 7/8)

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    7/8 PLAYOFF – NORTHERN IRELAND 58 def WALES 36
    (Somerville 46/53, McCullough 12/17)
    (Lewis 21/27, R.James 7/9, Moseley 7/14, Thomas 1/3)

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    5/6 PLAYOFF – MALAWI 53 v SOUTH AFRICA 45
    (Kumwenda 35/39, Simtowe 18/20)
    (van Zyl 19/23, Potgieter 15/15, Holtzhausen 11/16)

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    SEMI FINAL 1 – NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND

    NEW ZEALAND WON 35-34
    (10-10, 20-19, 29-29, 35-34)

    NEW ZEALAND:
    GS . Halpenny
    GA . Brown
    WA . Leota
    C … Langman
    WD . Henry
    GD . Kopua
    GK . de Bruin

    Changes:
    2nd Q . Tutaia GA (Halpenny), Brown to GS
    During 2nd Q . Grant GK (de Bruin), Kopua to GK

    Shooting stats:
    Brown . 16/20 (75%)
    Tutaia . 15/25 (60%)
    Halpenny . 4/6 (67%)
    Total . 35/51 (69%)

    ENGLAND:
    GS . Harten
    GA . K.Corbin
    WA . S.Corbin
    C … Guthrie
    WD . Clarke
    GD . Beckford-Chambers
    GK . Mentor

    Changes:
    3rd Q . Bayman C (S.Corbin), Guthrie to WD, Clarke to WA
    During 4th Q . Francis GD (Beckford-Chambers)

    Shooting stats:
    Harten . 20/25 (80%)
    K.Corbin . 14/22 (64%)
    Total . 34/47 (72%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly and Michelle Phipard

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    SEMI FINAL 2 – AUSTRALIA v JAMAICA

    AUSTRALIA WON 57-42
    (13-9, 24-23, 40-32, 57-42)

    AUSTRALIA:
    GS . Bassett
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . Robinson
    C … Green
    WD . Layton
    GD . Corletto
    GK . Geitz

    Changes:
    3rd Q . Hallinan WD (Layton), Ravaillion C (Green)

    Shooting stats:
    Bassett . 41/51 (80%)
    Medhurst . 16/18 (89%)
    Total . 57/69 (83%)

    JAMAICA:
    GS . Fowler-Reid
    GA . Beckford
    WA . Henry
    C … Thompson
    WD . V.Williams
    GD . Facey
    GK . R.Aiken

    Changes:
    During 3rd Q . K.Williams C (Thompson)
    4th Q . Thompson C (Henry), K.Williams to WA
    During 4th Q . Evering WD (V.Williams), Kelly GD (R.Aiken), Facey to GK
    During 4th Q . R.Aiken GK (Facey)

    Shooting stats:
    Fowler-Reid . 32/37 (86%)
    Beckford . 10/13 (77%)
    Total . 42/50 (84%)

    Umpires: Jono Bredin and Ian Fuller

    ENGLAND SUFFER SECOND NETBALL AGONY
    James Riach
    The Observer

    This was the most devastating instance of history repeating itself for England. Having lost by a single point to Australia in the pool stage, the same thing happened at the worst possible time. It is New Zealand, not England, who advance to the final of the netball following a heartbreaking 35-34 defeat, inflicted with one second left on the clock. England’s players crumpled to the floor, bereft and broken, while the Silver Ferns danced in jubilation. England had at one stage held a five-point advantage but there was a certain sense of inevitability when New Zealand cranked up the pressure at the death, Maria Tutaia netting with the final act of a dramatic duel.

    It would have been a first gold-medal match for Anna Mayes’s side but their profligacy in front of goal cost them dear. An error from Kadeen Corbin proved decisive in the closing stages, allowing Tutaia the opportunity to strike a blow that punctured the raucous noise inside the SECC. So England were denied the chance to renew their rivalry with Australia in the final and instead will have to settle for a bronze-medal contest against Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, who lost their semi-final on Saturday 57-42.

    “To lose to Australia and New Zealand both by one, you know you’re on a level with those teams but you’ve got to get over the line,” said Sara Bayman, the England centre. Whether it’s a mental thing or a pressure thing, whatever it is you’ve got to have it to win the games. Today we didn’t. I think it is a bit of a lack of experience, it’s also executing under pressure and if you can’t do that you’re not going to win major championships. That’s the most disappointing thing because previously, against Australia, we felt like we continued to execute when it got tight but we didn’t today. That’s just crushing.

    “When we’ve got a team under the pump we’ve got to press our advantage home. We’ve not done that. I think there is going to be a sense of anger and disappointment now and that is going to get us through the bronze-medal match. We came here not wanting a bronze but the absolute worst case scenario would be to go home without a medal.”

    There were tears from the England players as they left the court while Mayes could not mask her sadness in the aftermath of the defeat. New Zealand won Commonwealth gold four years ago in Delhi and also at the 2006 Games in Australia’s back yard, but this defeat, when victory had been in England’s grasp, was hard to stomach. Their players tried to rally themselves in a post-match huddle. A win over Jamaica on Sunday will go some way to easing the pain.

    Against New Zealand they found themselves holding a comfortable lead on three occasions, only to be reined in at crucial moments. Jo Harten, the goal shooter, said: “We had the opportunities to push ahead and stamp our authority on the game – it is a devastating loss.”

    Mayes insisted she was proud of her team’s effort. “I am overwhelmed, that’s how proud I am of them,” she said. “I think for some of these youngsters, the likes of Kadeen, who has never experienced a semi-final, she really fronted up, I thought she was exceptional. I thought Jo Harten had a sensational semi-final performance. Gutted is probably the word I’m going to use continuously, but I am very proud and genuinely believe this is the best England side there’s ever been. We believed we could take the semi-final and be playing off for gold tomorrow. But they will come out all guns blazing [for the bronze-medal match], I will guarantee you that.”

    England have finished third at the past two Commonwealth Games. A bronze medal would be some consolation but, in the end, their campaign here will be remembered for what could have been.

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    3rd/4th PLAYOFF – ENGLAND v JAMAICA

    JAMAICA WON 52-48
    (13-11, 24-25, 37-37, 48-52)

    ENGLAND:
    GS . Harten
    GA . K.Corbin
    WA . Clarke
    C … Bayman
    WD . Guthrie
    GD . Beckford-Chambers
    GK . Mentor

    Changes:
    2nd Q . S.Corbin WA (Clarke)
    3rd Q . Francis GD (Beckford-Chambers)

    Shooting Stats:
    Harten . 26/29 (90%)
    K.Corbin . 22/26 (85%)
    Total . 48/55 (85%)

    JAMAICA:
    GS . R.Aiken
    GA . Beckford
    WA . K.Williams
    C … Thompson
    WD . V.Williams
    GD . Kelly
    GK . Evering

    Changes:
    None

    Shooting stats:
    N.Aiken . 44/52 (85%)
    Beckford . 8/15 (53%)
    Total . 52/67 (78%)

    Umpires: Sharon Kelly and Jono Bredin

    JAMAICA BREAK ENGLAND HEARTS TO WIN COMMONWEALTH GAMES BRONZE
    By Guy Aspin, Press Association

    England suffered a hat-trick of heartbreaks after defeat to Jamaica denied them Commonwealth Games bronze. A day after blowing their chances of making the gold medal match for the first time in the dying seconds against New Zealand, Anna Mayes’ side went down 52-48 at the SSE Hydro to miss out on a medal.

    This match also looked set to go to the wire with the scores level at 37-37 going into the final quarter, but England’s level dropped when it mattered most as they slipped from 48-47 behind to 51-47 down and from that point there was no way back. At least there was no individual mistake in the final seconds to look back on, as there had been against the Silver Ferns and, in the pool stage, against Australia.

    Both of those matches were lost by a single point. This time England, bronze medallists at the last two Commonwealths, were just not good enough. Kadeen Corbin, whose error proved so costly against New Zealand, responded with 22 goals from 26 attempts, while Jo Harten scored 26 from 29, but it was Romelda Aiken’s 44 from 52 for Jamaica, including 15 in the final quarter, which proved invaluable.

    ‘Today we didn’t bring it,’ said goalkeeper Geva Mentor, who was left battered and bruised by a physical contest. ‘Jamaica were the best team on the day, they held strong all the way through and withstood the pressure we kept applying, but we didn’t capitalise when we did get that ball. It was very physical, you can tell that from my fat lip and I’ve got a shiner coming up as well. It’s a shame the umpires can’t see the retaliation, but we just have to withstand that. We have to be quick enough and skilful enough to be able to lose the body so we don’t get caught in the face.

    ‘Yesterday’s was definitely (harder to swallow). I’m not even upset, I think it just sums up this tournament for me. Anger will probably start to set in and a few different emotions, but at the moment I am pretty emotionless.’

    Jamaican were well-beaten 57-42 in their semi-final by the Australia team England ran so close, but made changes for Sunday’s clash and they worked. England led 13-11 after the first quarter, trailed 25-24 at halfway and were back level at the end of the third period as the momentum swung from one side to the other. That run of three unanswered goals in the final period left England with too much to do, though, and had the Jamaican substitutes celebrating at the side of the court as the clock counted down.

    Mayes said: ‘I think we were a little bit tentative, a little bit nervous, especially in that first half. We did wear them down defensively, but we just weren’t clinical enough when we needed to be. They fed Romelda well, they converted when they needed to and she rebounded well when she missed, so that was difficult.’

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    Ian
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    FINAL – NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA

    AUSTRALIA WON 58-40
    (14-14, 24-28, 32-43, 40-58)

    NEW ZEALAND:
    GS . Tutaia
    GA . Brown
    WA . Leota
    C … Langman
    WD . Henry
    GD . Kopua
    GK . de Bruin

    Changes:
    3rd Q . Grant GD (de Bruin), Kopua to GK
    4th Q . de Bruin GK (Grant), Harrison WD (Henry), Francois WA (Leota), Latu GS (Brown), Tutaia to GA, Kopua to GD
    During 4th Q . Grant GD (Kopua)

    Shooting stats:
    Tutaia . 22/31 (71%)
    Brown . 11/16 (69%)
    Latu . 7/7 (100%)
    Total . 40/54 (74%)

    AUSTRALIA:
    GS . Bassett
    GA . Medhurst
    WA . Robinson
    C … Ravaillion
    WD . Hallinan
    GD . Corletto
    GK . Geitz

    Changes:
    None

    Shooting Stats:
    Bassett . 49/53 (92%)
    Medhurst . 9/11 (82%)
    Total . 58/64 (91%)

    Umpires: Gary Burgess and Ian Fuller

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    FINISHING POSITIONS

    1 AUSTRALIA
    2 New Zealand
    3 Jamaica

    4 England
    5 Malawi
    6 South Africa
    7 Northern Ireland
    8 Wales
    9 Scotland
    10 Trinidad & Tobago
    11 Barbados
    12 St. Lucia

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    Ian
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    DIAMONDS END COMMONWEALTH GAMES NETBALL GOLD DROUGHT
    By Malcolm Knox

    Stealthily, grindingly, but at the end with a great rush of goals, Australia’s new generation of netballers have seized their inheritance. Having motivated themselves with images and stories of the scaling of Mount Everest, by Sunday afternoon they found themselves alone on the summit. The last time the Diamonds won a Commonwealth Games gold medal, their team list was stacked with the sport’s household names. Among them, Catherine Cox, Liz Ellis, Kathryn Harby-Williams and Liz Ellis remain four of their country’s five most-capped players.

    As the wheel turned, New Zealand had its moment, winning Commonwealth gold in Melbourne and Delhi and a world championship in Kingston. The Silver Ferns developed an All Black-like aura. But in Glasgow, a magnificent seven of Australian starters played the entire final and ultimately ran away with it, destroying the Silver Ferns 58-40. The names of Laura Geitz, Julie Corletto, Renae Hallinan, Kim Ravaillion, Madi Robinson, Natalie Medhurst and Caitlin Bassett are set to become as gilt-edged and familiar as those of the retired champions. “I’m so proud of them,” coach Lisa Alexander said. “They really did buy into the story, which was to write their own history.”

    All indications were that this would be the usual Australia-New Zealand final, ending in screams and tears and fingernails bitten to the quick. The first quarter strengthened that expectation, with several lead changes and New Zealand’s Laura Langman asserting a dominant presence in the centre. The decisive battles, though, were taking shape at each end. The Silver Ferns’ attacking pair of Maria Tutaia and Jodi Brown shot with great accuracy early, but in the second quarter Corletto and Hallinan began to harry their supply chain, and the Australian captain, Geitz, used her athleticism and anticipation to grab some vital rebounds. The 21-year-old Ravaillion, brought in after recovering from injury to replace Kimberlee Green during the semi-final against Jamaica, matched up fearlessly against Langman and provided some penetrating passes to the silky front three of Robinson, Medhurst and Bassett.

    By half-time Australia led by four goals. It had an edge, but few expected the onslaught of the third quarter. Swarming like seven yellow hornets, it outdid New Zealand for energy and accuracy in all parts of the court. After Geitz grabbed a rebound and transferred it forward in a blink, Medhurst’s long-range shot took the lead out to eight points. Bassett, who had missed some shots early, was flawless now, taking the lead to nine, and then ten. In the most nerve-racking position on the court, she had an appearance of total calm. “I was really nervous this morning when I woke up,” she said later, “but was okay when I got to the court. The team was buzzing.” New Zealand tried to match Australia’s increased intensity and a helter-skelter third quarter ended with missed shots, turnovers, grunts of heavy contact and a ten-point lead to Australia.

    New Zealand then played its last card. Having been sidelined with a calf injury, Cathrine Latu was brought on as goal shooter. Brown went off, and Tutaia switched to goal attack. The giant Latu had an immediate impact, scoring with her first five shots and cutting Australia’s lead. Midway through the quarter, New Zealand was closing in. But Australia repelled and reversed the momentum, and was able to play out the last three or four minutes in a spirit that looked, frankly, like a lot of fun.

    “What I’m most proud about was that when we got ahead we didn’t drop our play,” Bassett said. “We kept pushing hard and putting in those hard balls.”
    Whatever the strength of other Commonwealth Games sports, in netball the gold medal match is the pinnacle. Bassett underlined this by saying, “We’ve been working hard for four years for this match today.” Alexander praised her seven starters, and also the five bench players and four training partners who travelled with them. Having beaten New Zealand in four straight matches in last year’s Constellation Cup, the Diamonds now have a roll on. A Test series with the Silver Ferns later this year and the 2015 World Championships in Sydney will show how far they can take it.

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    Ian
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    SILVER FOR FERNS AT GAMES
    NZ Herald

    New Zealand’s hold on the Commonwealth Games netball crown is over. Australia won the gold medal with a 58-40 win over the Silver Ferns at the Hydro Arena early today, their first victory in the event since Manchester 12 years ago. New Zealand had prevailed at Melbourne in 2006 and New Delhi four years ago, but there could be no argument Australia deserved this victory. Well before the end they were making no race of it.

    This time it was Australian players hugging, whooping and collapsing on the floor in a heap, just as it had been the Silver Ferns in New Delhi. Australia worked their way in front, the lead ballooned in the third quarter, leaving the Silver Ferns having to catch up. They began cutting corners, rushing their play as a sense of desperation crept in. The Australians won the third quarter, 15-8, which effectively decided the final.

    New Zealand put goal shoot Cathrine Latu on for the fourth quarter in a last-gasp bid. Latu has been out with a calf injury since the third group game and briefly showed what the Silver Ferns had been missing. But it was too late to do much about the outcome by then, as Australia, 11 up at the start of the last quarter pressed on relentlessly to end ambitions of a Silver Ferns hat trick.

    At quarter time it was 14-14 and as tight as that suggests. Australia had the beanpole shooter Caitlin Bassett as an obvious target and attacking hustlers in Natalie Medhurst, Madi Robinson and Kim Ravaillon as support acts. New Zealand opted for Maria Tutaia at goal shoot and Jodi Brown at goal attack. It was a bold call, considering the last time Tutaia started an international at goal shoot was in 2008. Space was at a premium.

    Goal keep Leana de Bruin had her hands full with Bassett while captain Casey Kopua was working overtime to break down the service into the key shooter. Just as the semifinal win over England was desperately tight, so too was the final, at least till halftime to absolutely no surprise. Late in the second quarter, Australia got a small run and by halftime were 28-24 ahead before the key third quarter decided it.

    New Zealand’s attackers were pressured into errors by the rugged defence of Laura Geitz and Julie Corletto. Three successive shots were missed and that was the opening Australia needed as they bolted to a 10-goal advantage, which they extended in the final period.

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    Ian
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    OUTCLASSED SILVER FERNS FACE BIG CHALLENGE
    Nathan Burdon

    Out-run and outgunned, the Silver Ferns have a massive challenge ahead of them if they are to regain any sort of parity with their trans-Tasman rivals. With a history of close encounters at big tournaments, an 18-goal loss to Australia in the Commonwealth Games gold medal final is about as disastrous as it gets for New Zealand netball.

    Skipper Casey Kopua described it as the toughest build up to a gold medal final she’d been involved in. Injuries to Maria Tutaia (foot), Cathrine Latu (calf), Ellen Halpenny (ankle) and Joline Henry (finger) meant the first time coach Wai Taumaunu had her full squad available was the final. Kopua alluded to other issues which had gone on behind the scenes, but wouldn’t go into details.

    ”I still think we showed a lot of pride, a lot of heart out on the court. We still made our country very proud, but our expectations were to win gold and nothing else. It’s an emotional feeling when you don’t get what you want,” Kopua said. ”Everybody sets high expectations, we were only coming here for one colour and we are emotional girls – I guess when you don’t get what you are aiming for, you’ve been working hard for three or four years…”

    The obvious truth is that New Zealand has to be at its best to have a chance against a well-prepared Australian team that possesses not just an impressive starting line up, but also no shortage of talent on the bench. Any team that can leave Erin Bell at home is travelling nicely.

    In contrast, New Zealand could get only one team into the trans-Tasman finals, despite the way the competition is rigged towards equal participation, and the Silver Ferns, a couple of positions aside, picked themselves.

    The Silver Ferns, who take on Australia over four tests in October, are increasingly relying on ageing legs, without a wave of young talent pushing through to challenge for positions. Shooting was a weakness for New Zealand in Glasgow. For the first time in a long time there was no Irene van Dyk. Injuries robbed the team of the chance to really hit their lines on attack at the Commonwealth Games.

    The midcourt was not able to work the ball into shooters in good position, and the shooters struggled to cope with the added pressure. A very fit, very fast Australian midcourt was able to deliver sterling service to Caitlin Bassett, who lobbed in short and mid range shots with little difficulty. The Silver Ferns defence is good enough to create turnover opportunities, but that’s where the problems start, rather than end.

    ”Certainly, down that end, when we do get the ball we need to score it because obviously when you lose the ball and you’ve got someone like Caitlin Bassett at the other end, it’s very hard to get back,” Kopua said. ”We’ll move forward from it. The sun is still going to shine tomorrow and life will still go on. It’s not over and we are still looking forward to Sydney next year in 2015, which is still part of our buildup.”

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    #1106531
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    “We want to be in that final,” Jersey-born Guthrie told BBC Sport. “We want to be competing and we want to show world netball that we’re not a bronze medal team anymore.”

     

    Guthrie, who will be joining the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Championship, said the Diamonds resorted to physical contact to pull off the escape. “I do think we deserved to win today, I don’t think that Aussie team deserved to win,” she said. “And I think a lot of people would agree with that. They had to put the body out in order to try and disconnect us.” On Australia’s physicality, she added: “It felt a bit over the top today, but you know that’s the game. We’ll see what else they can bring to the competition in terms of skill, because their physicality is certainly there.”

    Guthrie certainly appears to have grown  lot since those unwise statements

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