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Four top ranked netball teams still undefeated

28 July 2002

New Zealand have emerged as the form team after day three, averaging 108 goals a game and setting two Commonwealth records in 48 hours.

Belinda Colling

New Zealand's Belinda Colling

Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica – the top four ranked teams in the world - are undefeated after three days of preliminary competition.

On form, Pool A leaders New Zealand and England appear closest to their peak while in Pool B Australia and Jamaica have been good in patches.

On Sunday in Pool A, New Zealand smashed the Commonwealth goals score record they set on Saturday netting 116 to Sri Lanka’s 16.

The score was just under the world record of 121 goals recorded by New Zealand at the 1995 World Championships in Birmingham.

New Zealand bettered the Commonwealth record of 101 that they set at these Games against Canada on Saturday.

Against Sri Lanka, New Zealand’s Irene Van Dyk shot 58/61 in 45 minutes while wing attack Jenny-May Coffin (NZL) and wing defender Lesley Nichol were outstanding in a phenomenal team performance.

England had a comfortable win against Wales 81-18. Wales remain third in Pool A ahead of Sri Lanka and Canada.

In Pool B, Australia recorded their second consecutive victory with a comfortable 83-32 triumph on Sunday against world No 6 Fiji.

Midcourter Rebecca Sanders starred for the World and Commonwealth champions who lead their Pool ahead of Jamaica.

South Africa are third after defeating Barbados 56-37. Barbados and Fiji have yet to win.

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