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Easy wins for English and Australian netballers

28 July 2002

Goal attack, Sharelle McMahon inspires Australia to a 75-28 win over Barbados.

Catherine Cox

Catherine Cox in action

World Champions Australia, dominated the first half, but had to work hard to earn their victory, following a solid second half display from Barbados.

Meanwhile, Jamaica, not quite as flamboyant as in their first game against Barbados on Friday, rode out sustained pressure from South Africa to prevail 66-55.

Both sides’ goal shooters - South African Sindiswe Gumede (49/53) and Jamaican Elaine Davis (46/54) - were the outstanding players over four quarters.

Jamaica have now won two from two and lead Pool B, with second-placed Australia having only played one match. Australia and Jamaica will meet on Tuesday, July 30.

Meanwhile, reigning silver medallists New Zealand made history when they shot a Commonwealth Games high 101 goals to Canada’s 17.

The Kiwis, playing in Pool A, broke the previous highest score of 94 set in Kuala Lumpur - also by New Zealand – against Wales in 1998.

Irene Van Dyk (NZL) spent just 15 minutes on court but shone with 20/21.

In the other Pool A match, England comfortably beat Sri Lanka 75-34, controlling the game from the outset in front of a vocal home crowd.

England coach Lyn Gunson had the luxury of resting stars Alex Astle, Amanda Newton and Olivia Murphy until half-time.

England have won both their preliminary matches and stand alone atop of Pool A with four points ahead of New Zealand and Wales, who are also undefeated but have played only one match each.

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