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NETBALL WORLD CUP 2015 Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica reach semifinals

NETBALL WORLD CUP 2015  Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica reach semifinals

By Hishan Welmilla in Sydney Australia.


The battle for the supremacy in netball is reaching toward its best as we witnessed final matches in the qualifying round here in Sydney Australia today. 


The defending champions Australian Diamonds qualified to the semi finals from Pool F while Jamaica Sunshine Girls securing their semi final berth in the same Pool. New Zealand Silver Ferns and England are the other two contenders sailed to the semi finals to be worked off today (August 16)


The defending champions Australia will meet Jamaica as their opponents in the semi finals while New Zealand facing England in the other.


Malawi and Uganda were unlucky to stop their journey toward the pinnacle from Pool E. They placed third and fourth position respectively at the conclusion of all pool matches. South Africa and Wales shattered their world ‘Cup” hope after finishing third and fourth in Pool F final standings.


All eyes turn to Jamaica in advance of their meeting against Malawi while New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England also returned to the court to decide their fate in the Netball World Cup 2015 before the semifinals and play off stage.


The match between Jamaica Sunshine Girls and the Malawi Queens was the pick of the day as it went to a nail biting finish. Jamaica pulled out a thrilling one goal (63-62) win in the dying seconds. The win gave two match points for Sunshine Girls to have total 4 points on the table and a place in the semi final line up.


World no 2, New Zealand Silver Ferns had an easy passage to the semi finals when they bead Uganda She Cranes by 76 goals to 33 in a Pool E match. They are the only unbeaten team so far in the Netball World Cup 2015.


England encountered South African attack in their journey to book a place in the semi finals. English roses took the game to their control and beat the rainbow nation by 62-42 goals to regain their position in the points table in Pool F with two more points ahead of the losers. That was enough for the English roses to have a seat in the semi finals.


The Roses look set to progress as Pool F runners-up, with two wins from three games, and is likely to face four-time winners New Zealand in Saturday's semi final.


The defending champions and hosts Australia beat Wales to clear their last hurdle on the way to progress to the semifinals. Australia victory saw them progress as pool E winners where they will face Jamaica, who edged a 63-62 win against Malawi.


Both semi finals matches will be with full of actions and Allphones arena expected to be in its full capacity. The spectators will have an opportunity to witness top class netball as all four teams will thrive to become the final two teams who will battle out to crown as the netball World Champions.


Earlier in the day Zambia beat Singapore by 67 goals to 36 in a Pool G match


Trinidad & Tobago , Samoa and Zambia placed first to third places in Pool G while Singapore find the last slot after losing all qualifying matches as Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka finished last in the Pool H table with no win under their belt. Scotland, Scotland and Barbados secured first, second and third places. 


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