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2019 Netball World Cup final: Australia vs New Zealand
|Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England|
New Zealand’s Silver Ferns have recorded a remarkable upset victory over Australia in the 2019 World Cup final in Liverpool early on Monday morning (AEST).
Scores were level at ten goals apiece after the first quarter and the second went goal for goal, until the Australians gave up a turnover late and allowed the Kiwis to sneak ahead by three at the halftime break.
A shambles of a start to the third quarter then suddenly allowed New Zealand to sneak out to a seven-goal lead, which they held for much of that quarter.
Australia pressed hard particularly in the last to bring that margin back into a single goal, but despite coming so close on so many occasions they just could not get that last turnover they needed to retake the lead.
New Zealand get their fifth world cup win, and their first since 2003.
New Zealand 52
Australia are seeking what would be their 12th Netball World Cup win and their fourth consecutive title when they take on New Zealand in the 2019 final on Monday morning. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from the match, starting from 1:45am AEST.
Australia have long been Netball’s dominant nation, winning 11 editions of the world cup since the tournament first launched in 1963, and have the chance to extend that domination a notch further.
They earned their spot in the final after going flawlessly through the groups stage, which included a one-goal win over New Zealand.
That booked them a semi-final against South Africa which they won on Saturday night by two goals. The same margin separated the New Zealanders from England, winning 47-45.
Of those two nations who missed out – as they often do – on a berth in the final, it was England who earlier today took the bronze with a comfortable 58-42 win.
Coach Lisa Alexander was accused of putting a second-string side out to play South Africa with some key players taking reduced time, but the Diamonds got the job done.
“The great thing is we are putting into practice the things we have worked hard on over the last three weeks which is to find a way to score when we have to and find a way to get turnovers when we need them,” Alexander said.
“The other day when we played New Zealand we had the opportunity to put those players out there.
“Against South Africa we were able to do that again with the other players and that is only a good thing going in to the final.”
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When: 1:45pm AEST
Where: Liverpool Arena
Caitlin Bassett (captain), April Brandley, Kelsey Browne, Courtney Bruce, Paige Hadley, Sarah Klau, Jamie-Lee Price, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett, Liz Watson (vice-captain), Jo Weston, Steph Wood.
New Zealand squad
Maria Folau, Laura Langman (Captain), Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Gina Crampton, Bailey Mes, Casey Kopua, Jane Watson, Shannon Saunders, Karin Burger, Phoenix Karaka, Katrina Rore, Te Paea Selby-Rickit