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Barbados snatch narrow netball win

30 July 2002

Fiji’s netballers plan rapid revenge after going down 46-44 to Barbados.

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Barbados staved off a spirited second-half challenge from Fiji on Tuesday to secure their first win for the competition 46-44.

With three minutes remaining, Fiji closed the deficit to two goals but Barbados hung on by running down the clock and maintaining possession.

Barbados had controlled the first half but a dominant third quarter from Fiji changed the complexion of the game and resulted in a 38-34 three quarter-time score.

Fiji lifted their all round game in the third quarter to outscore Barbados 17-7 with goal shooter Rara Taraima and goal attack Matelita Shaw netting 9/10 and 8/10 respectively for the term.

The two teams played tactically different games – Fiji adopted a short passing style while Barbados opted for a faster, longer passing game.

The speed worked to Barbados’s advantage in the first half as goal shooter Cheryl Squires often found herself unmarked under the goal.

The win elevates Barbados to fourth in Pool B while Fiji lie fifth.

Fijian captain, Unaisi Rokoura said: “We feel okay, a bit disappointed but we fought hard to come back in the third quarter.”

“We will probably meet them again and this time we’ll give them all we’ve got.”

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