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2019 Netball World Cup group stage: Australia vs Zimbabwe
|Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England|
|Match time: Fulltime|
The Australian Diamonds continue their quest for a 15th World Cup victory this Saturday night, taking on the Zimbabwe Gems in the early round-robin stages of the tournament. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 6pm (AEST).
This is probably the most open Netball World Cup in history, but you’d be brave to bet against Australia again featuring in the final in just over a week’s time.
After a raft of retirements following the disappointment of the Commonwealth Games, the Diamonds take on a new look. It’s a young squad, but with the backing of Super Netball, they are definitely not lacking in experience.
Led by Goal Shooter, Caitlin Bassett, we are looking forward to seeing the mid court of Jamie-Lee Price, Paige Hadley and Kelsey Browne control this game. We expect most of the Australian squad to get a run, with coach Lisa Alexander likely to clear the bench.
Not much is known about Zimbabwe, playing in their first World Cup. Peace Proscovia is the undoubted star, making a name for herself in the circle, shooting for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Adelaide Muskwe also plays professionally in the UK league and she will be keen to mix it with the Australian attack.
Realistically though, Zimbabwe’s major goal will be beating one of Northern Island or Sri Lanka and progressing to the next round.
Although Zimbabwe will put up a spirited effort, they will be no match for the Diamonds tonight.
Alexander will be keen to see her squad members all get a run.
Diamonds by 40.
When: 5.45pm AEDT, Saturday night
Where: M&S Bank Arena, Court 1, Liverpool, England
TV: Nine Gem
Caitlin Bassett (c), April Brandley, Kelsey Browne, Courtney Bruce, Paige Hadley, Sarah Klau, Jamie-Lee Price, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Steph Wood.
Sharon T Bwanali, Pauline Jani, Rudo Karume, Felisitus Kwangwa, Claris Kwaramba, Ndaizivei Madzikangava, Sharleen Makusha, Patricia Mauladi, Adelaide Muskwe, Ursula Ndlovu, Perpetua Y Siyachitema (c), Joice Takaidza.