GC2018: Preliminary Rounds Conclude

The preliminary rounds came to a conclusion today, meaning that we now know the line up for the semi finals and classification matches.

The day started with the top two from Pool B; England and New Zealand. England had already booked their place into the semis courtesy of their four previous wins in the competition, while the Silver Ferns needed to avoid defeat to cement their place in the last four.

The Roses held a slender two goal advantage going into half time, following a stale mate in the first quarter. They continued to build on their lead in the second half and would eventually win 54-45 – their biggest winning margin over the Silver Ferns.

England tops Pool B with five wins from five. The defeat for New Zealand meant the door was open for Uganda and Malawi. Both sides needed to win their respective games by some margin to have any chance in leapfrogging the Ferns into second place.

Uganda were in the better position as their goal difference was much healthier than Malawi’s, however, their 20 point victory over Scotland was not enough to overtake New Zealand.

This meant that Malawi needed to beat Wales by an unlikely 70+ scoreline. The Queens got the win over Wales 68-53,  which meant they would finish 4th in Pool B and New Zealand were safely through to the last four.

In Pool A, South Africa and Barbados opened proceedings. The Proteas scored 92 passed Fiji yesterday thanks to a clinical shooting display by Sigrid Burger. She was on form again today against the Bajan Gems and contributed to a 85-25 win. South Africa cement their third place finish in Pool A that sets up an intriguing tie with Uganda in tomorrows fifth place playoff.

Northern Ireland finished the preliminary rounds with back to back wins, the second coming today against Fiji. Their 73-46 win sees them claim 4th place in Pool B which sets up the seventh place playoff with Malawi tomorrow.

The preliminary rounds concluded with two teams with 100% winning records. Australia and Jamaica, the competitions two highest scorers, battled it out to determine who would be topping Pool A.

The Diamonds raced out the blocks and led 21-14 after the first quarter. Following a fifteen all stalemate in the second quarter, Australia moved up a gear in the second half and continued to increase their lead. Defensive pair Jo Weston and Courtney Bruce worked hard to limit the chances that fell to the dangerous Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

Australia saw out the victory, 72-51, and top Pool A with a 100% winning record. As a result, they will play New Zealand in the semi finals on Saturday. This now means for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, either Australia or New Zealand will not be in the final of the netball competition. Every Commonwealth Games final has featured these two sides, however, this time England or Jamaica will be playing for the gold medal.

Semi Finals
April 14th (3pm)
Day 10


ENGLAND
5655
jam

JAMAICA
April 14th (5pm)
Day 10
aus

AUSTRALIA
6544



NEW ZEALAND

Fifth Placed Match

April 12th (9am)
Day 8
rsa

SOUTH AFRICA
5342


UGANDA
Ninth Placed Match

April 12th (11am)
Day 8
2000px-flag_of_barbados-svg

BARBADOS
4850


SCOTLAND
Seventh Placed Match

April 12th (2pm)
Day 8

MALAWI
6052
ni


NORTHERN IRELAND
Eleventh Placed Match

April 12th (4pm)
Day 8
fiji

FIJI
3281

WALES

Final Pool A Standings

  
Played
Wins
Losses
Draws
Goals For
Goals Against
Points
1.Australia
5
5
0
0
413
162
10
2.Jamaica
5
4
0
1
351
205
8
3.South Africa
5
3
2
0
310
205
6
4.Northern Ireland
5
2
3
0
224
307
4
5.Barbados
5
1
4
0
185
333
2
6.Fiji
5
0
5
0
171
426
0

Final Pool B Standings

  
Played
Wins
Losses
Draws
Goals For
Goals Against
Points
1.England
5
5
0
0
342
202
10
2.New Zealand
5
3
2
0
292
235
6
3.Uganda
5
3
2
0
287
248
6
4.Malawi
5
3
2
0
277
284
6
5.Scotland
5
1
4
0
195
289
2
6.Wales
5
0
5
0
215
350
0

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