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Stylish Kiwis run riot against Sri Lankans

28 July 2002

New Zealand netballers better Saturday’s record win.

Belinda Colling

Belinda Colling breaks the day-old record

New Zealand scored a staggering 116 goals to Sri Lanka’s 26 to better the Commonwealth Games record for the most goals scored - a record they had set themselves only the day before.

Kuala Lumpur silver medallists, New Zealand, equalled the 101 they scored against Canada on Saturday with nine minutes remaining before shooter Belinda Colling converted to ensure a new record.

Before Manchester, 94 goals was the Commonwealth Games record - also set by New Zealand, in 1998 against Wales.

New Zealand goal shooter Irene Van Dyk played 45 minutes and shot 58 goals from 61 attempts, several of them in spectacular fashion using lay-up style leaps into an open circle and roll-off-the fingertips goals.

Van Dyk said: “I desperately want to shoot 100 per cent but I don’t go out of my way to shoot 100 per cent. If I get a long shot, I’ll put it up. I won’t just stay under the goal post to get 100 per cent.”

The feeding into the goal circle by wing attack Jenny-May Coffin was outstanding while the full-court defence, led by wing defender Lesley Nichol, created a defensive wall through which Sri Lanka struggled to penetrate.

New Zealand scored at nearly two goals per minute and led 28-7 at quarter-time, 60-14 at half-time and 89-19 at three quarter-time.

For Sri Lanka wing defender Gayathri Lankatilleke and goal defence Harshanie Wijayalath battled gallantly against the momentum.

Lankatilleke said: “New Zealand are ranked second in the world, we are 21st so we gave them a good game I think.”

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