Big two fal­ter in Fast5 tour­na­ment

The Dominion Post - - Sport | Family Notices - NET­BALL

The two heavy­weights of world net­ball failed to fea­ture in the fi­nal of the Fast5 Net­ball World Se­ries in Mel­bourne.

Aus­tralia and the Sil­ver Ferns were knocked out of ti­tle con­tention yes­ter­day, with Eng­land and Ja­maica qual­i­fy­ing for the grand fi­nal. New Zealand and Aus­tralia had to set­tle for the mi­nor play­offs.

On Satur­day the Sil­ver Ferns had two losses (37-30 to Eng­land and 40-30 to Aus­tralia) and a win (40-26 over South Africa), so needed to beat Ja­maica yes­ter­day af­ter­noon to keep their hopes alive.

But Ja­maica won the game 30-23, so even though New Zealand beat Malawi 29-27 in their last round-robin game, the win meant noth­ing.

Aus­tralia also needed to win yes­ter­day, as a win over Eng­land would have put Aus­tralia in the box seat to se­cure a spot in the gold medal match, but they were beaten 28-19.

Hav­ing also lost to Ja­maica on Satur­day, the Aus­tralians needed other re­sults to go their way to stay alive, but Ja­maica then ended their chances by beat­ing New Zealand.

Af­ter tal­ly­ing 40 points in a com­mand­ing win over New Zealand on Satur­day night, Aus­tralia fin­ished with their low­est score of the tour­na­ment as stout English de­fence forced them into 18 turnovers.

Eng­land shooter He­len Housby had a strong in­flu­ence, pro­vid­ing some key scor­ing mo­ments to in­spire the vis­i­tors.

A mem­ber of the NSW Swifts in the Su­per Net­ball com­pe­ti­tion, Housby nailed a su­per shot to close out Eng­land’s third quar­ter power play then added three goals in the fi­nal term to close out the win.

With hon­ours even af­ter the first pe­riod, Aus­tralia outscored Eng­land 8-3 in the power play se­cond quar­ter and were poised to take a nar­row lead into the fi­nal term be­fore Housby’s late six­pointer swung the con­test.

South Africa beat Malawi 28-17 in the play­off for fifth and sixth place.

Storm Purvis and the New Zealand team missed out on the Fast5 net­ball fi­nal in Mel­bourne.

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