Netball preview – 27 July
27 July 2002
World netball heavyweights Australia and New Zealand open their Games campaign on Saturday against Barbados and Canada respectively.
Barbados are backing up from a 25-60 loss to Jamaica ahead of Saturday’s clash against the world and Commonwealth champion.
Australia have suffered several minor injury setbacks, sprained ankles to shooter Catherine Cox and wing attack Alex Hodge. Both are expected to be available against Barbados but it is unlikely Cox, the more seriously injured, will be risked.
New Zealand boast some of the biggest names in the sport, such as towering goal shooter Irene Van Dyk, who averages more than 40 goals at higher than 85 per cent accuracy in international competition.
Canada, have another tough assignment on Saturday after suffering a 26-87 loss to hosts England on Friday.
World no 4 Jamaica, one of the most impressive teams on day one, take on world no 5 South Africa in a battle of the tall-timber shooters.
Bronze medallists from 1998, England will be attempting to record their second straight win on Saturday against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka are hoping to rebound from the disappointment of their first-up one-goal loss to Wales on Saturday.
Day 2: 13:00 – Canada v New Zealand; 15:00 – Jamaica v South Africa; 18:30 – England v Sri Lanka; 20:30 – Australia v Barbados.
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