AUSTRALIANS DOMINATE ENGLAND TO BOOK GRAND FINAL BERTH

Australia is through to the final of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow with a comprehensive 67-33 victory over England in the first semi-final.

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Photo: Courtesy of Tom Roberts.

The reigning champions flexed their might from the start, scoring nine unanswered goals in the opening quarter to put England on the back foot and led 17-5 at quarter-time.

Up 29-13 at half-time, the Australians went on a nine-goal to two run to stamp their dominance on the match and further extend their advantage to 26 goals at three-quarter time, after Kristina Brice and Cody Lange shot 95 per cent for the stanza.

With the result beyond doubt, the Australians added another 19 goals in the final quarter while restricting England to 11 goals after the main break to book their spot in the decider.

Australian coach Carol Byers said the score line didn’t reflect the match.

“It was never really an easy tussle, we had to work really hard,” Byers said.

“The girls did it beautifully.”

The Australians will have a day to recover and prepare for their sixth underage world championship final in seven tournaments since the competition’s inception in 1988.

“We’ve got 12 very strong players, so we’ll be looking tonight to see who we’ll be playing and then picking our players to match up accordingly,” Byers said of selecting her starting seven for the final.

Australia will take on New Zealand in the final of the 2013 World Youth Netball Championship on Saturday (Sunday 1.45am AEST) at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Australia (67) defeated England (33)
Australia shooting stats:
Kristina Brice 41/44 (93%)
Cody Lange  20/25 (80%)
Gretel Tippett 6/8 (75%)

England shooting stats:
Rosie Allison 18/25 (72%)
Natalie Haythornthwaite 10/11 (91%)
Alice Travis 5/6 (83%)
Sophie Hankin 0/1