CAYMAN CLINCH 17TH BY A SINGLE GOAL
In the round robin race for 17th place, Malta and the Cayman Islands fought neck and neck for 58 minutes but it was the Cayman Islands who nudged ahead when it mattered, winning 49 goals to 48.
A frantic game in it's entirety, Malta took an early 3-0 lead with goalers Nadia Turban and Holly Robinson really beginning to shape their partnership. Malta looked the more capable of the two sides at this stage and took the first quarter 14-13.
Malta's coach Helga Turban had confidence in her side, making no changes to the seven throughout the entire match whereas Cayman Islands coach Gillian Lee made her shooters swap places, and also her defenders. The change seemed to work as Cayman won the second quarter by two goals putting them one point ahead at the main break.
The lead continued to switch sides, and it was Malta's turn to win a quarter, meaning all they had to do was score from their own centre passes in the final period.
But the European side couldn't do it. Despite looking like they could hold on, Cayman levelled and in the 58th minute another push saw them score three consecutive goals which won them the game.
Gillian Lee said her side made life difficult for themselves.
"Unforced errors killed us but the defence tightened up in the final five minutes which was awesome."
Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball
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