Australia slayed South Africa 66-31 in Sydney on Wednesday at the Netball World Cup, falling just two goals short of a record win over the Proteas. The win over Norma Plummer’s ladies helped the Netball Diamonds secure a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament. The Diamonds got off to an emphatic start with Erin Bell looking in magnificent form as she scored five goals in the space of three minutes.
With ten minutes remaining in the first quarter, Bell and Caitlin Thwaites handed their team an 11-3 cushion over the South Africans. The Aussies looked in murderous mood as they led by 23-5 at the end of the first quarter. Maryka Holtzhausen was struggling to find her rhythm as she missed several goal shooting opportunities.
The Australians were in dominant form in the second quarter as they managed to build a hefty 38-12 lead going into the half-time break. After the interval, the hosts’ shooting pair, Bell and Thwaites, left off where they started as they handed their team a 44-19 lead after five third quarter minutes.
The top interceptor, Karla Mostert tried her best to stop the lethal Bell from scoring but it did not seem to be enough as the defending champions went into the fourth and final quarter with a 54-21 lead. It was a goal apiece in the opening of the final stanza but the home side quickly raced away on the score board.
Although Potgieter managed to help her country avoid a lowest-scoring record against the Australians, Bell and Thwaites were supreme in securing an emphatic 66-31 victory over their former coach.
Photo credit: Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015