Papua New Guinea v England



England staged an under par performance against Papua New Guinea but came away with another win in their Championship campaign, 16-65.

Coach Colette Thomson described England's performance as "disappointing", adding "I don't think we brought our best performance to the court today. There were lots and lots of errors that we shouldn't be making at this stage…"

England scored 13 goals in the opening quarter against Papua's 3, and whilst their coach is looking for a better performance, the attacking unit of Yasmin Parsons, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Rachel Shaw and Rosie Allison flowed beautifully down the court at times.

Papua New Guinea applied pressure to England in defence, and forced England to throw away balls as time ran out.

In the third quarter England suffered a blow as WD Lauren Massey fell and injured her left knee. Massey looked in a lot of pain, was wheeled off court, and replaced by Beth Cobden.

With England's star defender Samantha Cook ruled out prior to the start of the tournament due to injury,  England will want to ensure Massey is fit enough to play, and all focus will be on ensuring her a safe but speedy recovery.

Thomson was happier with the final period of play, and captain Haythornthwaite shot a perfect 9 from 9, helping the side to win that quarter 20 goals to 4.

Underdogs Papua New Guinea should be proud to have kept England under 70 goals during the 60 minutes. 

"Our defenders were fantastic, communicating with each other, covering space, they went out and did it." said Papua Coach Margaret Opina. 

Magaret told her squad to use the game as a practice for the clash against Barbados, which they hope to challenge hard. The two sides meet on Monday 26th August at 1.15pm.

Editorial courtesy Harriet Millard, Planet Netball

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