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Golden Ferns' final fairytale

26 Mar 06 08:20
Temepara George of New Zealand celebrates winning Netball gold. 

Temepara George of New Zealand celebrates winning Netball gold.

The long anticipated showdown for Netball gold did not disappoint, as world champion New Zealand defeated reigning Commonwealth champion Australia 60-55.

An enthusiastic crowd lifted Australia early in the game, however it was not long before New Zealand took control. Physical play from both teams saw players finding the floor as often as the ball.

Anna Scarlett applied the pressure for New Zealand in defence, forcing key errors from Australian sharp shooter Catherine Cox, while at the other end of the court, Bianca Chatfield battled to shut down Kiwi goal shooting dynamo Irene Van Dyk.

Australia rallied in the late stages of the match but had to settle for Commonwealth silver for the first time in 12 years.

"This smile won't leave my face for a long time," said New Zealand captain Adine Wilson. "It was a wicked crowd, it was awesome, we just loved it.

"The haka made me nearly cry. The Commonwealth Games were fantastic."

It was a disappointing day for bronze medal favourites Jamaica who went down to England 52-53. After starting strongly, Jamaica fell away in the dying stages of the game.

Abby Teare was instrumental to England's success after being repositioned as goal shooter. She opened up the attacking circle and created invaluable scoring opportunities.

Star Jamaican goal shooter Elaine Davis kept her team in the match only to be pipped at the post by the fast finishing English team.

For all the competition placings, visit the Netball Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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