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How our Superleague stars did on day five of the Vitality Netball World Cup

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com - 16/07/2019 - Netball - Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 - Australia v Malawi - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England - Caitlin Bassett of Australia and Loreen Ngwira of Malawi.

On day five of the Vitality Netball World Cup, 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague stars enjoyed a new court layout at the M&S Bank Arena as the format was changed to one court rather than two side by side as we edge closer to the final.

The Superleague stars once again shone on the World Cup stage, we followed all the action:

Session 9:

Group E: Fiji 71-56 Singapore 

The Fijians bounced back from their extraordinary defeat to Samoa yesterday to register their first win of the competition. Fiji started the first quarter on top with Dee Bolakoro of Celtic Dragons recording the most intercepts of the game. Singapore began to pull a couple back but Fiji continued to dominate.

Celtic Dragons’ Dee Bolakoro commented on Fiji’s win over Singapore: “It was amazing, I’m so excited for the girls! They kept pushing even though we were leading. They never gave up until the last whistle.”

Group E: Sri Lanka 65-55 Samoa

Samoa will compete for 13th place at the Vitality Netball World Cup after winning a second consecutive match in Group E, beating Sri Lanka by 10 points.

Sri Lanka beat Singapore by 38 goals yesterday to record their highest ever score at a World Cup.

There was a high intensity throughout the match as the score remained close until the last quarter, as Sri Lanka proved they were not prepared to go down without a fight and managed to notch up some quick succession goals and secure victory.

In the final match of the second group stage, Sri Lanka will face Fiji, while Samoa will play Singapore.

Session 10:

Group F: Northern Ireland 28-77 New Zealand

New Zealand proved to be a formidable force, too strong for the Northern Ireland warriors on day 5 as they recorded a comfortable 33 goal lead by half-time. Allowing them room to rotate the bench, the unbeaten side continued to press on in the second half despite Northern Ireland showing grit and determination, fighting right to the final whistle to close the gap.

Northern Ireland and London Pulse star Fionnuala Toner commented on their defeat: “Obviously I was disappointed, nobody likes to lose but fair play to the Silver Ferns, they’re a top class side and they’re fully professional so obviously it’s going to be a really tough game for us. I think we showed at the end there what we could do and we stuck to it for 60 minutes.”

Group F: Australia 74-25 Malawi

Australia stamped their authority from the start of their game against Malawi, gaining themselves a comfortable lead within the first 15 minutes. London Pulse star Loreen Ngwira was amongst Malawi’s starting seven and despite putting pressure on Australia’s shooting side, the Aussie Diamonds proved too strong for them.

Loreen Ngwira commented: “I feel bad because we have lost with a big margin, we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to go into top four, we were fighting for top four. I think we just need to fight when we play against Zimbabwe and do better.”

Group F: Zimbabwe 66-41 Barbados

Severn Stars’ Adelaide Muskwe and her Zimbabwe team mates received a warm welcome on court as they prepared to face Barbados today. Despite not playing in session 10, Adelaide cheered on her team who took a six goal lead at the end of the first quarter.

Zimbabwe continued to dominate throughout the remaining three quarters and increased their lead even further. Barbados struggled to close the gap and were defeated 66-41 by Zimbabwe.

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