The Australian Fast5 Flyers have opening their 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series campaign with a record breaking, 40-19, victory over England at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday.
A 22-point third quarter set up victory for the Australians, who went on to record their highest score in a Netball World Series match, eclipsing the previous record of 39 points against South Africa in 2010.
The Australian co-captains led by example at either end of the court with Susan Pratley instrumental in attack, scoring 22 of the Flyers 40 points, while Demelza McCloud caused plenty of headaches for England’s attack.
Little separated the two sides early as Australia narrowly led at the quarter and half-time breaks before the match was decided by power plays, where points are worth double during the six-minute stanza.
Australian opted to take their power play in the third quarter and never looked back as they capitalised on the scoring advantage, highlighted by a six-point goal from Susan Pratley with one minute remaining in the quarter.
England, trailing 36-13 at three-quarter time, were held to just six points during their fourth quarter power play as the Flyers held on for a 21-point victory, Australia’s biggest victory over England.
“We wanted to come over and have a bit of fun with (our netball) and embrace the new rules which I think we did a really good job tonight,” Australian co-captain Susan Pratley said after the match.
The Australian Fast5 Flyers are back on court against Malawi at 5.15 (AEDST).