Israel v Republic of Ireland

It was both team's best performance of the tournament as Israel took on the Republic of Ireland in the 19th place play off.

From the word go all fourteen played with a passion to win, but it wasn't to be Israel's day and the Republic of Ireland took their first and arguably most important win of the tournament to finish in 19th place.

The first quarter saw the Republic of Ireland get the better start, leading 6-1 in the first few minutes. Yet Israel had the determination to pull it back, and fought hard in the remaining minutes to trail 8-10 at quarter time.

It was the best shooting performance the Israeli side had ever produced in the competition, and it was invaluable to the team as they just held on with a deficit of nine goals at half time.

But it was time to shine for Northern Ireland as they pulled out all the stops. They dominated the second half and scored the most goals they ever had in a single game in this tournament. Israel tried valiantly to pull it back, but the scoreline was too far gone.

"I told them to believe in themselves and play with the passion that the Irish have." Revealed Rhian Humphreys, the Republic of Ireland's head coach. And it seemed to work as their captain Sarah Armstrong described her thoughts on the game, saying,"We drove and fought right till the end and just kept going."

Although it was a loss, Israel are still proud of their performance.

"We told them to go and have fun." Said Jodi Carreira, Israel's head coach, with team manager Tal Segev adding, " It was the last game so put everything out on the court, they've got nothing to lose."

After that game both teams should hold their heads up high, and, with the experiences they've encountered, come back even stronger next time.

Editorial courtesy Farah Hasan, Planet Netball
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