Fast5 Netball World Series: Day One

The Australian Fast5 Diamonds are still chasing their first win after the first day of the Fast5 Netball World Series tournament, being held at Vecta Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. 

After taking the court against England, NSW Swift April Letton became the first NSW player to represent the Australian Fast5 Diamonds for a third year. Read more here: Letton Notches Hat-Trick

The Fast5 tournament will continue tomorrow from 11.00am AEDT on FOX SPORTS 2, with the Aussies taking the court against South Africa at 3.45pm.

For more information on the Fast5 tournament, including fixtures, results and rules, visit the Fast5 Netball World Series website.  Alternatively, stay tuned to the Official NSW Swifts Facebook page for updates throughout the Australian matches.

ENG 29 def AUST 27
The Fast5 Diamonds lost their opening match against the England Five, going down by two goals.  English shooter Jo Harten proved the Super Shot Specialist, with three for the match.  Caitlin Thwaites and Karyn Howarth also notched up their first three-pointers in the second half of the match.

The Diamonds took their Power Play first in the second quarter, however were only able to add six points to their tally (three two point goals).  England was able to use their Power Play to better use, putting on a total of 14 points to their goal tally, including a double three-pointer from Harten.

All 10 Aussie players were given a run throughout the match, with NSW Swifts April Letton and Amorette Wild being joined on court by NSW juniors Verity Simmons and Kimberley Ravaillion, who made her international debut in the modified version of the game.

MALAWI 33 def AUST 15
The Malawi Queens led at every break during their 18 goal victory over the Fast5 Diamonds.  Melbourne-based Goal Shooter Mwai Kumwenda was a stand-out, playing the full game and proving a thorn in the Aussie defenders’ side by scoring 16 of her side’s goals.

The Fast5 Diamonds were unlucky, with the shooters finding it difficult to sink their shots.  As the game wore on the Aussies became more desperate to sink some goals, but couldn’t pull the trigger on the long-range goals.  Malawi was able to put on 12 points in their Power Play quarter, whereas the Australians were only able to put on four.

In the end, despite not using any substitutions Malawi were able to run away to a convincing win as the Fast5 Diamonds moved their concentration to traditional rivals, New Zealand.

NZ 31 def AUST 23
The Fast5 Ferns capitalised on their Power Play quarter to take an eight goal victory over their traditional rivals, the Fast5 Diamonds, in the final match of the first day’s play.  The Australians used fewer substitutions than their previous matches, trying to cement their combinations.

NSW Swift April Letton was a standout in the game, matching up against evergreen shooter Irene van Dyk as well as rookie Bailey Mes.  Shooting partners Caitlin Thwaites and NSW Swift Amorette Wild combined well in the circle, however once again could not capitalise on their Power Play quarter in the third.

The Kiwis had plenty of tricks up their sleeve, rolling plenty of substitutions throughout the court and even throwing in the famous ‘Harrison Hoist’ as they tried to disrupt the Aussie’s run of play.  In the end they were able to put on 10 points in the final quarter to take the win.

Other Match Results          
SPAR Proteas 25 def Sunshine Girls 22
Fast5 Ferns38 drew Sunshine Girls 38
England Five 41 def SPAR Proteas 27
Sunshine Girls 32 def Malawi Queens 31