The Australian Fast5 Diamonds will miss the Finals after finishing the regular round-robin of the Fast5 Netball World Series tournament without a win after two days of competition, being held at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
Read all the action from Day One of the Fast5 tournament
The Aussies final match against the Sunshine Girls was the closest the Diamonds came to victory, however were beaten after the final whistle with GS Jhanielle Fowler slotting in a penalty shot to give Jamaica the victory.
The Fast5 Finals kick off tomorrow, Sunday 11th, from 1.00pm AEDT on FOX SPORTS 2, with the Fast5 Diamonds taking on Malawi contesting in the Play-Off match at 2.45pm.
Hosts the Fast5 Ferns has finished on top of the ladder and will play the Sunshine Girls in the first Semi Final, while second-place England Fives will take on the SPAR Proteas. All four teams will be vying for a spot in the Gold Medal Match tomorrow at 5.30pm.
1.15pm*: Semi-Final 1 (Fast5 Ferns v Sunshine Girls)
2.00pm: Semi-Final 2 (England Fives v SPAR Proteas)
2.45pm: Play-off (Malawi Queens v Fast5 Diamonds)
4.40pm: Bronze Medal Match (Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2)
5.30pm: Gold Medal Match (Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2)
*All times in AEDT
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.
SA 28 def AUST 27
The Fast5 Diamonds sit in sixth position as the only team not to have posted a victory, with the SPAR Proteas defeating the Aussies for the first time in the modified version of the game.
Goal shooters Chrisna Bootha and Maryka Holtzhausen were unstoppable under the post, slotting long-range as well as short goals, with the South Africans the only team to post Super Shots in the match. Again it was the team who used their Power Play quarter to their best advantage, with the Proteas posting 16 points compared to the Diamonds only managing to post 10.
Vice-Captain Caitlin Thwaites was the most influential shooter for the Australians, with 10 points out of a possible 15 for the match.
JAM 34 def AUST 33
The Sunshine Girls came from behind, slotting the winning goal after the final whistle, to take a one goal victory over the Fast5 Diamonds.
A fast-paced and hotly contested match, the Aussies used long passes to move quickly down the court and cut through the Jamaicans long defensive arms. However once again it was the team who utilised on their Power Play quarter who came out on top, with the Sunshine Girls putting on 10 points while the Diamonds only managed four.
Karyn Howarth was once again the Diamonds most prolific scorer with 18 points out of a possible 22, while traditional midcourter Shae Bolton did well in the GA bib, showing her skills usually reserved for Western Australia’s State League with four points from five.
Despite not posting a win in the regular round, Head Coach Lisa Alexander said she was pleased with how her young troops had handled the pressure and exposure to some of international netball’s best players.
“This is certainly a development opportunity for these young players as we look to the future,” Alexander said.
“To expose our athletes to big name players such as Fowler (Jamaica), van Dyk (New Zealand) and Harten (England) is an invaluable opportunity and I’m really pleased with how they have played thus far.”
Other Match Results
SPAR Proteas 25 def Sunshine Girls 22
England Fives 29 def Fas5 Diamonds 27
Fast5 Ferns38 drew Sunshine Girls 38
Malawi Queens 33 def Fast5 Diamonds 15
England Five 41 def SPAR Proteas 27
Sunshine Girls 32 def Malawi Queens 31
Fast5 Ferns 31 def Fast5 Diamonds 23
England Fives 39 def Sunshine Girls 28
Fast5 Ferns 44 def Malawi Queens 24
SPAR Proteas 28 def Fast5 Diamonds 27
Malawi Queens 27 def England Fives 23
Fast5 Ferns 52 def SPAR Proteas 19
Sunshine Girls 34 def Fast5 Diamonds 33
SPAR Proteas 48 def Malawi Queens 34
Fast5 Ferns 47 def England Fives 31