SAMOA SPELL DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR HOSTS
After having already met in the group stages Scotland took a second stab at
Samoa. But they couldn't change the outcome and had to settle for another
In a close first quarter Samoa took the early lead of 11 goals to 7 by the
first break. Scotland were shooting well but it was Samoa who got the most
chances on goal as their team worked the ball well down the court.
As time passed Scotland just let it slip away from them as Samoa kept
increasing their lead. They had a particularly good third quarter, scoring a run
of 9 uninterrupted goals against the home side which that gave them the momentum
to keep it going till the end.
But true disaster hit Scotland in the final quarter. Goal Keeper Shaunagh
McCuaig had to be stretchered off the court after a nasty fall left her with a
suspected back injury. After an extended injury time Scotland had to rearrange
themselves and try to continue through the last minutes of the game without
"It was another very tough match. Our goal this time was to improve on the
last performance against them." Said Mary Tough, Scotland's Head Coach.
Scotland now face Namibia in the quest for 11th position.
"We've had a bit of a look at them and they have a very tall shooter who
seems to be quite dominant. We've done our homework and we'll be ready and
hopefully come out strong."
After today's win Samoa take on Fiji in the bid for 9th position, and
automatically beat their previous placing of 11th.
"I thought they played really well." Said head Samoan coach Patricia
Wilcox, adding, "We've played Fiji before in Samoa and we're expecting another
Editorial courtesy Farah Hasan, Planet Netball
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