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Netball preview - 26 July

26July2002

Teams will gain a long-awaited view of world number four Jamaica, tipped to influence the medal standings, when they meet Barbados on Friday.

Georgia Gordon

Georgia Gordon is one of Jamaica's stars

Favourites Australia, New Zealand and England rate Jamaica as the danger side capable of causing an upset, as in March when they defeated the Kiwis.

Jamaica traditionally have produced some outstanding players who are unsighted until major competitions. They are in Pool B with defending champions Australia who have not been able to compete against Jamaica since the 1999 World Championships.

England are the only Commonwealth medallists competing on Friday. The 1998 bronze medallists open their campaign against Canada.

Fiji, one of the outstanding performers at the 1999 world championships where they leapfrogged from 11th to sixth, make their Commonwealth Games debut against South Africa after securing their berth in Manchester through Oceania qualification.

South Africa are competing at their first major international tournament without former captain Irene Van Dyk as the star shooter is now representing New Zealand.

Wales, the 2001 European champion, play Sri Lanka.

Day one runs as follows: 13:00 Fiji v South Africa; 15:00 Sri Lanka v Wales; 18:30 Canada v England; 20:30 Barbados v Jamaica.

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