NEW ZEALAND RAISE STANDARD AGAINST NORTHERN IRELAND
In the final game of Day four, Northern Ireland lost heavily to New
Zealand, receiving a 15-102 drubbing despite training earlier in the morning in
preparation for the Kiwi style of play.
"We worked on bringing the ball up the court and driving for two or three
offers." said Coach Jacqueline Portis.
The Kiwis raced out to a first quarter lead of 3-31, with sister of new
Silver Fern call up Te Paea selby-Rickit netting 21 from 25.
Following a less than impressive performance yesterday against Malta, New
Zealand were keen to prove they were better, and Assistant Coach Adrienne Morrin
felt that on the whole they achieved it.
"There were patches where we weren't as consistent as we'd like to have
been but it was certainly far better in that game than it has been in previous
Northern Ireland's players' natural build meant they struggled against an
aerial style that the tall New Zealanders played, and Portis highlighted
Northern Ireland's weaker fitness agility level showed in the game.
Young Olivia McDonald impressed however, and stood her ground against New
Zealand's array of shooters, but the Northern Irish shooters will want to forget
their performance, none of them netting even 50% of shots, with a team total of
Whilst the Irish were hoping desperately to achieve at least five goals per
quarter, the New Zealand coaching outfit set their girls a different
motivational target - the first half team against the second half team.
"There were goal targets and also targets based around percentages" said
Morrin. "It drove the performance really well and gave them all an objective to
New Zealand enjoy a rest day tomorrow whilst Northern Ireland face
Trinidad, who will come up against the Kiwis the day after.