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    NS EXCLUSIVE: SILVER FERNS TOO GOOD FOR MALAWI QUEENS IN WORLD CUP OPENER
    BY KATRINA NISSEN

    The New Zealand Silver Ferns started their World Cup campaign a little shaky before blowing the cobwebs off to put away an emphatic win over the Malawi Queens. Maria Folau opened the tournament’s goal scoring account less than 40 seconds into the start before consolidating a second goal within the opening minute. However, the Queens showed patience in their front end, working the ball around until a clean feed opened up.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: AUSTRALIA DELIVER THEIR OPENING PUNCH
    BY JENNY SINCLAIR

    In their opening game of the 2019 Netball World Cup, the Diamonds threw down a mighty gauntlet to the other 15 teams in the competition. Clinical from the start, suffocating in defence and precise in attack, the Australian’s showed few signs of nerves. Their through court defence was a feature of the match, forcing Northern Ireland into numerous errors. Sarah Klau was awarded the start at goal keeper, coach Lisa Alexander feeling it essential to build her debutant’s confidence by throwing her straight into the action. Klau rewarded the faith, returning four intercepts and five deflections in her thirty minutes on court. Jo Weston was also impressive, producing three intercepts and four deflections.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: JAMAICAN SUNSHINE GIRLS BRING THE FLARE AGAINST FIJIAN PEARLS
    BY KATRINA NISSEN

    The Jamaican Sunshine girls opened their Netball World Cup campaign with their usual exuberance, efficiently defeating the Fijian Pearls 85 to 29. Australian fans would have been comforted to see Romelda Aiken get the start for Jamaica, albeit with a compression stocking on her left calf. Her connection with goal attack Shanice Beckford took a little time to grow during the first term, but when it was on, they were near unstoppable.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: ROSES HAND HARTEN EPIC WIN IN HUNDREDTH MATCH
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    Given a prime time slot for their first performance of the tournament, the England Roses stumbled out of the blocks somewhat. Goal keeper Geva Mentor reflected afterwards, “There was probably a lot of nerves in the warmup to be honest and it probably flowed a bit into the first quarter. The crowd support is amazing and I think that’s probably why we were a bit nervous to start, we felt like we were doing it for them as well.” Rapidly the butterflies dissipated and the host team clamped tight in defence to force countless turnovers from Uganda. With a send off and four more players cautioned for rough play, the She Cranes were outdone two goals to one and England were relieved to chalk up their first win of the Liverpool World Cup.

    Read more… https://www.netballscoop.com/2019/07/ns-exclusive-roses-hand-harten-epic-win-in-hundredth-match/


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    NS EXCLUSIVE: SILVER FERNS OVERRUN CARIBBEAN OPPOSITION
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    The classically contrasting styles of the opponents were evident from the outset: the zone defence of New Zealand reaping three intercepts in just five minutes, and the Bajan defence based in strength and pushing shooters off the mark with arms flying at the neck and face. During a slew of quarter-to-quarter personnel changes for both teams, the Silver Ferns were unstoppable, especially the dozen gains of Jane Watson at goal keeper – her team triumphed by a three-to-one ratio, 78 to 25.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: ZIMBABWE FIGHT AUSTRALIA ALL THE WAY TO MAKE TOP 8 CLAIM
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    Zimbabwe had shown themselves to be no idle threat by demolishing Sri Lanka on day 1 of the championships. Australia meanwhile had put Northern Island to the sword in clinical fashion. The world number one were not able to operate in the space they wanted in through court play, due to the speed of the Gems, who shadowed well and usually were right there with a strong three-foot guard. After a few earlier turnovers with rushed feeds, Zimbabwe also started to find their big target shooter Joice Takaidza and keep up with the world number one. Using only nine of their squad, eventually the incredibly well-drilled firepower of the Diamonds kept pushing out in explosions of goals, and they doubled the Gems’ score in another exciting victory.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE – UNPOLISHED DIAMONDS FINISH TOP OF TABLE
    BY KATRINA NISSEN

    The Australian Diamonds finished the preliminary rounds of the World Cup on top of Pool A after a convincing win over Sri Lanka. Yet it was an untidy outing for the Diamonds who conceded 7 turnovers and gave up 15 penalties during the first half. The connection between starting goalers, Steph Wood and Caitlin Thwaites, was not on during the early stages of the first half with three balls pitched over the baseline due to ill-feeds or miscommunication. Fortunately for them, when their passes hit the mark and were then converted 100% of the time.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: PROTEAS TAKE HISTORIC STEP TOWARDS FINALS
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    The first game of the World Cup between top-five teams promised to be a mighty showdown. South Africa had been that team full of potential who had only once beaten a traditional netball powerhouse in a major tournament, and Jamaica can be hard to read leading into big events but always rose to meet the big occasions. The match that ensued had massive swings in fortune but went down to the wire and will be talked about for years to come.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: SHARP SILVER FERNS CRUISE PAST GEMS
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    In the first ever meeting of these two teams, the beginning was tightly contested – Zimbabwe held the slight advantage for six minutes, goal for goal until eight-all. They had started with Adelaide Muskwe, a test match debutant, at goal defence, and probably their weakest shooting line in Jani and Bwanli, but they were solid making 10/10. In contrast, the Silver Ferns shooters Mes and Ekenasio also hitting the mark with 87%. Luckily their defensive zone was working a treat, squeezing 12 turnovers out of the Gems despite their initial patience in attack. Zimbabwe also had initially had tracked their opponents with excellent one-on-one defence and constant three-foot guard, but the Kiwis adapted.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: AUSTRALIA V BARBADOS DAY 4
    BY JENNY SINCLAIR

    The Diamonds have started slowly in each of their matches this tournament, and today was no exception. They opened in a scrambling manner, with some early passes from Kelsey Browne lacking weight and barely reaching their target. Caitlin Bassett was a strong presence under the post although well covered by opponent Shonette Azore-Bruce who managed to get fingertips to the occasional ball. Steph Wood was industrious early, opening up space, putting up goals and picking off two intercepts along the way. At times however, the Australian midcourt was guilty of playing too laterally, with a number of cross court passes being used to bypass the Bajan defence.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: ROSES WIN, SUNSHINE GIRLS MEDALLESS?
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    In a showdown of such pressure and skill there would be no time to warm into the match. Jamaica could not afford be chasing down an 11-goal load as they had to on day three against South Africa. What resulted was a hint that England had not only figured out their own game plan, but they could execute for 60 minutes and also nullify some of the best opponents in the world. England kept their starting seven the whole game and in the end only needed to really make a move in the second half of the third quarter to take the win. Going down 48-56 the Sunshine Girls effectively have fifth place as their best possible finish in this World Cup.

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    NS EXCLUSIVE: MALAWI SALVAGE PRIDE IN DRUBBING BY AUSTRALIA
    BY ANDREW KENNEDY

    Despite being rampant favourites to win, Australia didn’t have a free pass to beat Malawi, previously the Queens having experience across the court. Having only won by 11 against Malawi at the 2011 Singapore World Cup and not faced them in 2015 in Sydney, the Diamonds had to be well-prepared for the world number nine, even if they were without the injured 2015 player of the tournament, Mwai Kumwenda. Australia’s first half was absolutely crushing, leading by 36 goals into half time, but with changes to both sides for different reasons the second half looked like a different match.

    Read more… https://www.netballscoop.com/2019/07/ns-exclusive-malawi-salvage-pride-in-drubbing-by-australia/


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    NS EXCLUSIVE: BLUNDER FROM LANGMAN GIVES AUSTRALIA THE WIN
    BY KATRINA NISSEN

    In the first of the most anticipated games of the Netball World Cup, the Australian Diamonds and the New Zealand Silver Ferns delivered. From the first whistle, there were mind games with players deliberately taking each other’s space for penalties, or failing to release the ball quickly when setting penalties, so as to give themselves time to set up defensively. Diamond’s goal attack Steph Wood looked nervous on the shot and preferred to dish off to her captain, Caitlin Bassett. But a perfectly placed feed, bounced off the pine from Kelsey Browne, seemed to bolster Wood’s confidence and she was happy to go to post, from distance, from then on. She finished the first with 7/8 at 88%.

    Read more… https://www.netballscoop.com/2019/07/ns-exclusive-blunder-from-langman-gives-australia-the-win/


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