The South African Proteas have come from behind to beat the Australian Fast5 Flyers 40-39 on day two of the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena in Auckland on Saturday.
Needing victory to secure a berth in the semi-finals, the Flyers jumped out to a quick start to lead 21-9 at half-time before a well executed power play by South Africa in the third quarter turned the game.
The Australians couldn’t have asked for a better start, racing out to a 14-6 at quarter-time before extending their advantage in the second quarter, holding the Proteas to just three points for the stanza.
But four super shots, worth six points each, during the third quarter power play, including three by Chrisna Bootha, saw South Africa pile on 24 points to convert a 12-point half-time deficit into a 33-27 lead.
The Flyers took the court in the fourth quarter with the power play to set up a thrilling finish but elementary errors and inaccurate shooting cost the Australians.
Australia temporarily took the lead late in the match before an error from co-captain Demelza McCloud turned over possession and South Africa capitalised on the opportunity with less than a minute to go.
A missed shot from Flyers’ Gretel Tippett on the stroke of fulltime saw the South Africans seal the upset, recording their first win of the tournament and second one-goal victory over Australia in consecutive years in Fast5.
The Australian Flyers will get a second shot at securing a spot in Sunday’s semi-final when they take on Jamaica at 6.00pm (AEDST).