Super shooting from the New Zealand Fast5 Ferns has downed the Australian Fast5 Flyers 39-26 to conclude the opening day of the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena on Friday.
Five three-point super shots, including two during the power play, ended Australia’s undefeated start to the tournament after victories over England and Malawi earlier in the evening.
An upset looked on the cards early after the Australians, who failed to win a game at last year’s tournament, led 8-3 at quarter-time then 14-13 at half-time.
Three super goals from New Zealand’s Maria Tutaia during the second quarter helped her side remain in touch after the Flyers dominated much of the player during the first half.
But the experience of New Zealand proved the difference in the third quarter as they held the Australians to just two points during the Flyers third quarter power play, when points are worth double.
Despite having the power play, the Australians saw their advantage vanish in the third term as the hosts took a 17-16 lead into their fourth quarter power play.
New Zealand shooter Catherine Latu picked up where Tutaia left off in that final quarter, with consecutive super shots, worth six points each, to put the result beyond doubt as the Fast5 Ferns finished 13-point winners.
“It obviously wasn’t the result we were looking but it was a great first hit out against New Zealand and hopefully we’ll be able to see them again in the grand final,” Australia’s Ashleigh Brazill said.
“(The power play) wasn’t what we had planned for so we need to go back to the drawing board, see how they defended against us and start from scratch tomorrow.”
The Australian Fast5 Flyers finish the opening day of the 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series in second place with games against South Africa (3.45pm AEDST) and Jamaica (6.00pm AEDST) to come on Saturday afternoon to conclude the round robin phase.