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2019 Netball World Cup second round: Australia vs Barbados
|Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England|
|Match time: Fulltime|
Australia’s World Cup title defence continues on Monday evening, with the Diamonds facing Barabdos at M&S Bank Arena. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 8pm (AEST).
After three days of the first preliminary pool matches, the teams have crossed over for the first time for stage two of the preliminary action in the 2019 Netball World Cup, which will begin on Monday.
Australia have so far dominated the preliminary pool games; a 64-goal, 36-goal and 75-goal demolition of their opponents.
First up was Northern Ireland. The Diamonds would have been pleased with their performance here as the team consistently scored goals despite a variety of changes to the seven team members on court.
Australia met Zimbabwe next, a team playing in their first Netball World Cup. It was a competitive match, with the Australians sticking with a fairly consistent side and stretching out the lead late in the game.
To end the first preliminary stage, Australia came up against Sri Lanka, the weakest side in pool A. The Diamonds had another comprehensive victory, but went one goal short of triple figures.
Barbados defeated Singapore by 35 goals on Friday, before losing to New Zealand in a 78 to 25 goal thumping on Saturday. Barbados ended the first preliminary stage with a 24-goal loss to Malawi.
The national side are playing in their ninth World Cup, with their highest placing joint sixth with the Cook Islands in 1987.
Australia are yet to settle a starting seven, though they have another two games before things truly get tougher.
Barbados finished third in their pool, moving through above Singapore into this stage of the preliminaries. Australia topped pool A and should continue their dominant run here.
The Diamonds will be out to put another strong performance on the board and record a big victory.
Whether they test out the squad, or stick with a consistent seven will be interesting to see.
Australia by 30 goals.
Venue: M&S Bank Arena
Time: 8pm (AEST)
TV: Channel Nine
Betting: Australia $1.01, Barbados $21.00
Caitlin Bassett (captain), April Brandley, Kelsey Browne, Courtney Bruce, Paige Hadley, Sarah Klau, Jamie-Lee Price, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Steph Wood
Shonette Azore-Bruce, Latonia Blackman, Samantha Browne, Damisha Croney, Brianna Holder, Rieah Holder, Amanda Knight, Rhe-Ann Niles-Mapp, Tonisha Rock-Yaw, Shonte Seale, Sheniqua Thomas, Shonica Wharton