Fans will be given an early treat at next year’s Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 with arch rivals Australia and New Zealand to face off during the preliminary rounds in the opening days of the tournament.
The Diamonds and Silver Ferns have been placed in Pool A – based on the new INF competition format – for the 10-day tournament which is being played in Australia for the first time since 1991.
The Diamonds, the world’s top-ranked country, and the world number two-ranked Silver Ferns will compete in pool A against Caribbean nations Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, who are ranked number nine and 10 in the world respectively.
Australia will be chasing a record-equaling 10th straight Test victory against New Zealand when it clashes with its Trans Tasman rivals and Diamonds captain Laura Geitz is eagerly awaiting the showdown.
“What better way to kick off our World Cup campaign and it really sets the tone early on just how competitive the tournament will be,” Geitz said.
“No doubt it will be exciting for spectators to roll up on the first few days and see the number one and number two teams in the world go head-to-head.”
Australia played Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Geitz said she always enjoys coming up against the Carribbean nations.
“The wonderful thing about playing the Carribbean countries is you never know what to expect and they are getting stronger and stronger every year,” Geitz said.
Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago are the only three countries to have won the world title since the tournament started in 1963. In 1979 all three nations shared the title, when no final was played.
The Diamonds are the defending world champions, having won in 2011 at Singapore and are looking to make it a hat-trick of titles in 2015.
The 16 nations competing in next year’s World Cup have been put into four pools and Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 CEO Marne Fechner said it would lead to some exciting contests in the first few days of the tournament.
“With pending international broadcast negotiations, we will confirm playing times and days of these hugely exciting games next year,” Fechner said.
“However it was important to us to provide fans with plenty of time to plan their full 10 day Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 experience.”
A full competition and broadcast schedule will released next February.
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