New Zealand Surprises Australia

New Zealand caused quite a stir at the Netball World Cup when it ran out 52-47 winners against defending champions and hosts Australia in Sydney on Sunday.  The Silver Ferns started the game strongly and were moving the ball well into the circle.  Bailey Mes had no problem in the shooting circle, while Maria Tutaia was still looking to find her rhythm.

Mes came to the fore sinking some clutch shots for the New Zealanders as they headed into the first break with a 13-10 lead.  The second quarter saw end-to-end stuff as neither team could seem to build a hefty lead.  With two minutes remaining of the second quarter, the Kiwis edged ahead as the teams went into the half-time break 29-26 up.

Laura Geitz was the stand out performer for the Diamonds in the half as she was leading by example in defence.  Tutaia found her eye and was proving to be invaluable for the Ferns as they gained momentum, building up a strong 35-28 lead with 10 minutes remaining of the third quarter.  Erin Bell showed great composure and kept the home team in the game as they managed to reduce the deficit to 40-34 going into the final quarter.

Lisa Alexander’s ladies got the first points of the final stanza and with 10 minutes remaining it was a five-point ball game.  The defending champions fell short as Waimarama Taumaunu’s ladies claimed their first win over the hotly-favoured Cup hosts in their last 10 meetings.

Photo credit: Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015