Australia’s Fast5 Netball World Series results

New Zealand claim Fast5 Netball World Series title

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 13 AUS v RSA

New Zealand has secured their sixth Fast5 Netball World Series title with a 25-point win over Australia.  

Captain Maria Tutaia stood up in the big moments for her side, as she has done all tournament, scoring 27 of her side’s 41 points as New Zealand ran away 41-16 winners.   

Australia burst out of the blocks with two point goals to both Caitlin Thwaites and Susan Pettitthowever New Zealand were able to level the match at five-a-piece by quarter time. 

Tutaia opened her side’s second quarter Power Play with consecutive six point shots, to give New Zealand an early 12-point lead. The sides traded goals late in the half as New Zealand went into half time with the same 12-point advantage. 

Neither side was able to gain a clear advantage early in the second half and it took two three-point shots from Maria Tutaia, including one after the siren, to give New Zealand a 17-point lead heading into the final quarter and Australia’s Power Play. 

New Zealand continued with their smothering pressure in the final quarter, holding Australia scoreless, and unable to take advantage of their Power Play while they piled on eight more points of their own to take the victory. 

“Maria was shooting threes in our power play which is why we just had to go for those shots,” said Australian captain Susan Pettitt. 

“They’re really not our strength, our strength is twosso we were put under a lot of pressure.  The girls did really well considering the situation, but when our shots aren’t nailing and shes nailing all of those it’s hard,” she said. 

Australian shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Susan Pettitt tried in vain to get Australia back into the match, attempting one three-point shot after another, but to no avail with the New Zealand fans erupting as the siren sounded, to signal the Kiwi victory. 

Post-game, prolific shooter Maria Tutaia announced that she would be unlikely to represent New Zealand in the Fast5 format of the game again. “I have played most of them, I think I’ve only missed out on one. Time for someone else to shoot the threes, I am pretty sure everyone is sick of seeing me at this tournament,” she said. 

NEW ZEALAND (41) defeated AUSTRALIA (16

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 2/4 0/3 0/0
Susan Pettitt 3/3 2/6 0/4
Caitlin Thwaites 0/0 1/4 0/3
Gretel Tippett 3/3 1/2 0/0

 

New Zealand shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Maria Tutaia 2/2 2/4 5/11
Maia Wilson 5/5 0/0 0/0
Te Paea Selby-Rickit 0/0 3/5 0/0

 

Australia starting five – GS: Caitlin Thwaites GA: Susan Pettitt C: Paige Hadley GD: Courtney Bruce GK: Kate Shimmin

New Zealand starting five – GS: Maria Tutaia GA: Te Paea Selby-Rickit C: Gina Crampton GD: Storm Purvis GK: Phoenix Karaka

Australia power play: quarter four
New Zealand power play: quarter two

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Game Five - Undefeated Aussies book place in final with dominant win over South Africa

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 13 AUS v RSA

Australia has booked their place in the Fast5 World Series Grand Final, after a convincing win over South Africa.

The hosts once again led from the back, with Courtney Bruce not giving the South African shooters an inch of space to hold them to 14 points.

The Australians were cleaner with the ball and made the South Africans pay when they turned it over in defence, running out 31-14 victors in their final match of the round robin stage.

Australia jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the first quarter, inspired by some strong shooting from Caitlin Thwaites and Gretel Tippett, including a 3 point supershot from Thwaites.

South Africa matched the Australian’s energy in the second quarter, but Susan Pettit stole the show, shooting 4 goals from the two point line to increase the Australian lead by two points, going into the half time break with Australia leading 18-9.

Australia used their power play in the third quarter to extend their lead to 16 points. Heading into South Africa’s power play in the fourth quarter, the Australians were relying on a strong defence to keep the South Africans at bay.

Mixing it up in the final quarter, Gretel Tippett was substituted into defence, assisting to hold South Africa to one goal during their power play period. The move limited the South African’s options off their centre pass, a tactical ploy by Australian coach Jane Searle.

“She’s such a great defender, a great athlete and we had a minor injury to Courtney Bruce before the tournament started so we gave her a run then and she did so well so I think it really works for us too as there is limited options on the centre pass, and having Gretel Tippet back there one on one it can be anyone’s ball.  And we got to rest some of our defenders too,” said Searle.

Erin Bell’s long three point supershot furthered Australia’s lead in the final term, running out 17 point victors.

Accurate shooting from Australia’s frontline was a just reward for the staunch defensive display, giving Australia it’s fifth win from five games heading into the playoffs.

AUSTRALIA 31 defeated SOUTH AFRICA  14

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 1/1 1/6 1/4
Susan Pettitt 1/1 4/6 0/2
Caitlin Thwaites 4/4 1/3 1/2
Gretel Tippett 1/1 1/1 0/1

 

South Africa shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Ine-Mari Venter 4/4 3/9 0/1
Charmaine Baard 0/1 0/0 0/1
Mignesia Nhleko 2/2 0/1 0/0

 

Australia starting five – GS: Caitlin Thwaites GA: Erin Bell C: Caitlyn Nevins GD: Courtney Bruce GK: Joanna Weston

South Africa starting five – GS: Ine-Mari Venter  GA: Charmaine Baard C: Lauren-Lee Christians GD: Fikile Mkhuzangwe GK: Tanya Mostert

Australia power play: 3rd Quarter
South Africa power play: 4th Quarter

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Game Four - Australia remains undefeated with victory over England

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 11 AUS v ENG

New Zealand has secured their sixth Fast5 Netball World Series title with a 25-point win over Australia.  

Captain Maria Tutaia stood up in the big moments for her side, as she has done all tournament, scoring 27 of her side’s 41 points as New Zealand ran away 41-16 winners.   

Australia burst out of the blocks with two point goals to both Caitlin Thwaites and Susan Pettitthowever New Zealand were able to level the match at five-a-piece by quarter time. 

Tutaia opened her side’s second quarter Power Play with consecutive six point shots, to give New Zealand an early 12-point lead. The sides traded goals late in the half as New Zealand went into half time with the same 12-point advantage. 

Neither side was able to gain a clear advantage early in the second half and it took two three-point shots from Maria Tutaia, including one after the siren, to give New Zealand a 17-point lead heading into the final quarter and Australia’s Power Play. 

New Zealand continued with their smothering pressure in the final quarter, holding Australia scoreless, and unable to take advantage of their Power Play while they piled on eight more points of their own to take the victory. 

“Maria was shooting threes in our power play which is why we just had to go for those shots,” said Australian captain Susan Pettitt. 

“They’re really not our strength, our strength is twosso we were put under a lot of pressure.  The girls did really well considering the situation, but when our shots aren’t nailing and shes nailing all of those it’s hard,” she said. 

Australian shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Susan Pettitt tried in vain to get Australia back into the match, attempting one three-point shot after another, but to no avail with the New Zealand fans erupting as the siren sounded, to signal the Kiwi victory. 

Post-game, prolific shooter Maria Tutaia announced that she would be unlikely to represent New Zealand in the Fast5 format of the game again. “I have played most of them, I think I’ve only missed out on one. Time for someone else to shoot the threes, I am pretty sure everyone is sick of seeing me at this tournament,” she said. 

NEW ZEALAND (41) defeated AUSTRALIA (16)

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 4/4 1/4 0/0
Susan Pettitt 2/2 1/4 0/0
Caitlin Thwaites 0/1 3/4 0/1
Gretel Tippett 2/3 2/3 0/0

 

England shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Joanne Harten 1/1 3/5 0/1
Kadeen Corbin 0/1 0/1 0/2
Helen Housby

Eleanor Cardwell

4/4

3/3

0/1

1/1

0/0

0/1

 

 

Australia starting five – GS: Erin Bell GA: Susan Pettitt C: Paige Hadley GD: Joanna Weston GK: Kate Shimmin

England starting five – GS: Joanne Harten GA: Kadeen Corbin C: Laura Malcolm GD: Ama Agbeze GK: Geva Mentor

Australia power play: quarter three
England power play: quarter four

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Game Three - Australia defeat New Zealand in nail-biter

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 9 Australia v New Zealand

Australia have beaten New Zealand in the Fast5 format of the game for the first time since 2011, with a three-point victory.

In what was widely regarded as a Grand Final preview, it was Australia who took home bragging rights with a 32-29 win.

Australia made the most of their chances early, shooting 71% on their way to a 7-4 quarter time lead.

They continued their dominance in the second quarter, attempting 11 shots to New Zealand’s five and took a seven point lead into half time.

Taking complete advantage of the power play, three six-point shots from Maria Tutaia saw New Zealand storm away to a seven point lead heading into the final quarter.

Australia were able to restrict New Zealand to just two points in the last term while using their power play to score 12 of their own points to run away with the match.

Australia will face England tomorrow morning while New Zealand will face Jamaica.

AUSTRALIA (32) defeated NEW ZEALAND (29)

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 1/2 5/8 0/1
Susan Pettitt 3/3 3/7 0/0
Caitlin Thwaites 0/0 2/4 0/0
Gretel Tippett 2/2 0/1 0/0

 

New Zealand shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Maria Tutaia 2/3 1/1 3/6
Maia Wilson 1/2 0/2 0/0
Te Paea Selby-Rickit 0/0 3/5 0/0

 

Australia starting five – GS: Caitlin Thwaites GA: Erin Bell C: Paige Hadley GD: Courtney Bruce GK: Kate Shimmin

New Zealana starting five – GS: Maia Wilson GA: Maria Tutaia C: Gina Crampton GD: Phoenix Karaka GK: Jane Watson

Australia power play: quarter four
New Zealand power play: quarter three

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Game Two - Too little too late from Jamaica as Australia cruise to victory

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 4 Aus v Jamaica

Jamaica never hit their stride in their second game of the tournament, falling to the home team by 16 points in front of a loud Melbourne crowd.

A strong defence was key to Australia’s 35-19 victory in their second game, limiting the opportunities for Jamaican sharpshooter, Shantal Slater. 

Australia again came out of the blocks firing away to an 8-1 advantage with four goals from five attempts from Caitlin Thwaites backed by strong defence from Courtney Bruce.

Jamaica broke the mould and played their power play in the second quarter but failed to capitalise. Shimmin and Bruce repeatedly intercepted the Jamaicans deep passes and sent them into attack seeing the Australians lead 15-7 at halftime.

Australia’s third quarter power play furthered their advantage stretching the lead to 16 points with the score at 27-11 heading into the fourth quarter. Australia’s defensive trio of Bruce, Shimmin and Weston frustrated Jamaica’s attack.

Jamaica finally found some rhythm in the fourth, but Australia’s advantage was too great for the Jamaicans to overcome as Australia took the win 35-19.

Australian defender Kate Shimmin praised Erin Bell’s shooting ability and Kate Moloney’s communication on court post-game.

“Erin Bell, she’s always that steady shooter in the front end and we know when she puts up those 2 pointers she’s going to sink them. And Kate Moloney as well, even though she’s run off her fee in centre she’s managing to talk and connect with everyone in the team and did a great job in that game,” said Shimmin.

Australia leave their second game of the day full of confidence following their strong performance at both ends of the court, while the Jamaicans will be looking for a new attacking strategy.

“Fast 5 is all about shooting and some of our shooters were a bit nervous. This is Gezelle’s (Allison) first time playing at international ever so she got her baptism today and she will go away and reflect on it and regroup and come out stronger,” said Jamaican defender Nicole Aiken-Pinnock.

AUSTRALIA 35 defeated JAMAICA 19

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 3/3 1/4 0/1
Susan Pettitt 2/2 2/3 0/2
Caitlin Thwaites 6/6 4/6 0/1
Gretel Tippett 4/4 0/1 0/2

 

Jamaica shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Anna Kay Griffiths 0/0 1/6 0/1
Vanessa Walker 1/2 0/0 0/0
Gezelle Allison 0/0 0/1 0/1
Shantal Slater 11/11 1/2 0/0

 

Australia starting five – GS: Caitlin Thwaites GA: Susan Pettitt C: Kate Moloney GD: Kate Shimmin GK: Courtney Bruce  

Jamaica starting five – GS: Shantal Slater GA: Anna Kay Griffiths C: Nicole Dixon GD: Althea Byfield GK: Nicole Aiken-Pinnock

Australia power play: 3rd Quarter
Jamaica power play: 2nd Quarter

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Game One - Australia squeeze past inaccurate Malawi in Fast5 Opener

2016 Fast 5 Netball World Series Game 1 Australia v Malawi

Australia has begun their Fast5 campaign with a one-point win over Malawi, in a thrilling match to open the Fast5 World Series.

The home side were calmer and more accurate with the ball, and were fortunate that star Malawi shooter Mwai Kumwenda only made nine of her 22 attempts at goal.

Australia came out of the blocks hot, shooting well early to get out to a 7-3 advantage at the first break on the back of some strong shooting from Erin Bell.

Malawi matched Australia’s energy in the second quarter, holding on to keep the margin to four, Australia went into the major break up 12-8.

The visitors took advantage of their power play in the third quarter, including a double 3 point supershot from Mwai Kumwenda, drawing to within two, with Australia leading 20-18 going into the final quarter.

According to captain Susan Pettitt, the home side failed to take advantage of their power play. They were outscored 5-4 in the final term, but held on to their slender lead to win by one point.

“We didn’t have a very good second half, the power play got in our head a little bit.  We played their power play really well but not ours,” said Pettitt.

“Next game we will look at relaxing a little bit, just giving the ball and enjoying being out there a bit more especially during the power play quarter,” she said.

Australia will take on Jamaica in their next game, while Malawi will play England.

AUSTRALIA 24 defeated MALAWI 23

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Erin Bell 5/6 2/5 0/0
Susan Pettitt 2/2 2/3 0/0
Caitlin Thwaites 2/3 1/1 0/0
Gretel Tippett 3/3 0/1 0/0

 

Malawi shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Mwai Kumwenda 5/5 3/9 1/8
Jessie Mazengera 3/3 0/0 0/0
Joyce Mvula 1/1 0/2 0/0

 

Australia starting five – GS: Erin Bell GA: Susan Pettitt C: Caitlyn Nevins GD: Jo Weston GK: Kate Shimmin

Malawi starting five – GS: Mwayi Kumwenda GA: Jane Chimaliro C: Takondwa Lwazi GD: Takondwa Lwazi  GK: Grace Mwafulirwa

Australia power play: 4th Quarter
Malawi power play: 3rd Quarter

#Fast5WorldSeries #AUSvMAL