England loss means New Zealand’s netball medal chances hang by thread

11 Apr, 2018 8:59 am

GOLD COAST (Reuters) – Jo Harten and Helen Housby were clinical in the shooting circle as England beat New Zealand 54-45 in their final Pool B game at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, leaving the Silver Ferns’ medal chances hanging by a thread.

The victory, built on a strong second and third quarter where Tracey Neville’s team outscored the two-times champions 28-22, was their first win over New Zealand in a major championship. It was also their largest victory margin.

The New Zealanders are on six points and now in danger of not qualifying for the semi-finals, having already been beaten 57-53 by Malawi, and could be forced to rely on goal percentage to advance.

Uganda, who are third in Pool B on four points, could still finish second if they beat Scotland heavily later on Wednesday.

The second-placed team in the pool will likely have to face world and Commonwealth champions Australia in the semi-finals.

The unbeaten Australians face Jamaica, who also have a 4-0 record, later on Wednesday for the top-spot in Pool A.

New Zealand have only ever finished first or second in the Commonwealth Games netball tournament since it was introduced at Kuala Lumpur in 1998.




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