BARBADOS THROUGH TO QUARTER FINALS AFTER PRESSURE FROM PAPUA
Barbados booked a place in the quarter finals by beating Papua New Guinea 45-35, however the low scoring rate will not stand up to title defenders Australia whom they are likely to face in that round.
The Papua New Guineans kept Barbados under 60 attempts on target, but Australia are averaging 108 attempts per game so far in the competition.
Barbados got the better start, winning the first quarter 14 goals to 7 but Papua's excellent defence team managed to turn over lots of ball for the sides to draw the second quarter.
The half time score was 23-16 to Barbados but a lapse after the break saw the Papua New Guineans struggle to feed their shooters.
The fourth quarter began with the Bajans ten goals in front, and a final effort from Papua New Guinea saw them again work hard to draw the quarter 11 apiece.
Coach Margaret Opina said this was Papua's best performance so far in the competition. "They did their homework well, and they can still be better."
Barbados Coach Sandra Bruce-Small was also pleased with her team, despite the close score."I'm very very proud of my girls. It was a tough game but in the end we came through."
Bruce-Small felt it was a team effort but described her GD Jeneice Clarke as "simply fantastic".
Barbados are determined to continue their success. "We are working very hard. We want to beat England so we want to push them." said Bruce-Small.
Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball