Cup ri­vals dwarfed by shooter

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - EMMA KEMP

HEAD to toe, Thar­jini Si­valingam is 208cm.

With her arms out­stretched, poised to shoot, the world’s tallest net­baller is not a mil­lion miles away from touch­ing the ring.

And though not much stops the Di­a­monds, de­fend­ing is tough when you lit­er­ally can’t reach your opponent, some­thing Aus­tralia will get a taste of in to­day’s third World Cup group game.

Stand­ing 8cm shorter than Thon Maker, it’s lit­tle sur­prise Sri Lanka’s goal shooter is al­most un­stop­pably ac­cu­rate.

In their open­ing World Cup loss to Zim­babwe, Si­valingam con­verted 44 of 45 at­tempts, a con­ver­sion rate she reg­u­larly en­joys hav­ing been named the 2011 World Cup’s most suc­cess­ful shooter.

Zim­babwe’s Felisi­tus Kwangwa and Sri Lanka’s Thar­jini Si­valingam com­pete for the ball dur­ing Zim­babwe’s 79-49 win at the Net­ball World Cup

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