TOO LITTLE TOO
LATE FOR SOUTH
South Africa had a
sluggish start in their final pool round against Australia, running out of time
to put things right, losing 27-59.
Losing the third
quarter by only a single point, the Baby Proteas staged a potential comeback,
but Australia's persistent
marking and closing off passing options gave South Africa
little chance of winning.
defenders played a fantastic team effort, with some notable individual stand
outs - Kimberley Ravaillion controlling the tempo at C, and Paige Hadley's nifty
footwork and hard passing meaning the shooters were well
"We came out and
started really well allowing us to really get an edge on the game which was
really helpful." said Carol Byers, Australia's
"South Africa are
very good netball nation so we knew it would be a difficult game. Every game we
expect something harder."
Australia knew that
South Africa would present a
tall barrier across all thirds, so their previous match against
Israel in which they banned any
overhead long passes, came in very useful.
"We kept the ball
a lot shorter and worked it onto the circle." added
Africa will want to look
at the areas which broke down before they face England in the
"We need to keep
our possession." said coach Dorette Badenhorst. "They [Australia] go in
physically very strong. We waited for the umpires to blow the whistle and it
didn't happen so we need to adapt and we need to be a little bit more physical
in the game."
Rochelle Lawson is upbeat. "We are fighting our hearts out, playing our hearts
out. We are seeing the negatives and making them
Harriet Millard, Planet Netball.
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