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Netball Word cup 2015-Silver Ferns through to Gold Medal match

Netball Word cup 2015-Silver Ferns through to Gold Medal match

The New Zealand Silver Ferns have secured their spot in the Gold Medal match of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 with a hard-fought win over England on Day 9.

With the crowd roaring, the match started at a frenetic pace. An England held ball on the circle edge gave New Zealand the early advantage as they went on to score the first four goals of the match. England fought back, getting their first shot on the board thanks to a flying pass from wing defence Serena Guthrie to a driving goal shooter Jo Harten on the baseline. Guthrie was in everything, from pressured turnovers to deflections, as England pegged back the early lead. However the experienced New Zealand defensive circle started to click into gear and force turn overs, as long-bomb specialist goal attack Maria Tutaia (35/42) found her radar to finish off their hard work at the other end.

England introduced Pamela Cookey to goal attack for the second quarter and her increased movement in the circle and ability to physically match up against the NZ defence made an instant impact on the score board as England briefly cut back the Silver Ferns’ lead to just two. Guthrie continued to make her presence felt by keeping New Zealand wing attack Grace Rasmussen off the circle edge and limiting her impact, but New Zealand centre Laura Langman continued to drive hard into the pockets and feed her shooters well.  A number of timely missed shots from Tutaia let England back in the match with Harten demanding the ball under the post to see England win the quarter by two to trail by four goals.

The addition of Leana De Bruin at goal defence was the sole change as the teams returned to the court for the second half. Rasmussen lifted her work-rate, using quick, short movement to find good position on the circle, while New Zealand WD Kayla Cullen all but silenced English WA Tamsin Greenway. Harten continued to slot her shots cooly from anywhere in the circle, but the English defence were unable to create the turn overs required to dramatically cut back the lead as Tutaia slotted 12 goals with only one miss to push out New Zealand’s lead.

England swung the changes for the final quarter, with five-time Netball World Cup stalwart Sonia Mkoloma injected into goal defence and dynamic Sara Bayman taking the centre bib, pushing Jade Clarke to wing attack. The familiar pairing in the defence end brought out the best in Mentor, who had a number of beautifully timed attempts at balls outside the circle to create opportunities for her side. Three missed shots to open the quarter from Mes left the door open for England, however a number of turnovers from Clarke and goal attack Cookey handed the ball straight back to the Kiwis. Despite Jo Harten continuing her exceptional shooting performance and screaming for her team mates to lift, New Zealand stood strong to take out an 11-goal win.

New Zealand captain, Casey Kopua, was happy with her side’s ability to apply pressure throughout the entire 60 minutes.

“I was great. We wanted to do that for the whole 60 minutes. Obviously there were things that weren’t quite right that we can fix for tomorrow.”

Kopua has been impressed the performances of young win defence Kayla Cullen throughout the tournament.

“I love how firey she gets, just with herself. The thing I say to her is the more your get the ball, the better you will be. She had a great game today and puts a lot of pressure on outside which makes my job a lot easier.”

England goal shooter Jo Harten was disappointed with the result, but acknowledged her side where outplayed by a better side on the day.

“They had Maria shooting the real long bombs; she was outstanding today and a really good support network around her. I think they did their homework on our defence and they played the umpires and played us pretty well. “

England will face either Australia or Jamaica in the Bronze Medal match and Harten will not settle for anything less than a Bronze Medal.

“You have to leave this; I can’t come home without a medal. We don’t feel like we are worthy of fourth place. We want to want to come third now and we will fight for a medal and will give everything we have tomorrow.”

Posted on 2015-08-15 12:57:15
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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