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First netball win comes too late for Fiji

31 July 2002

Fiji finally delivered with a convincing 74-39 win against Canada.

Ana Ratumaisala

Ana Ratumaisala of Fiji at Manchester 2002

Fiji were the best improved side at the 1999 World Championships but were defeated in all four Commonwealth Games Pool B preliminary games.

However they proved a cut above Canada in the 7th/10th place play-off, stepping about the court with newfound authority in what was a disciplined and consistent display.

In the first quarter Fiji were consistently strong across the court with the accuracy of goal attack Matelita Shaw (9/13) and shooter Taraima Rara (9/9) maximising their dominance. Fiji led 18-7 at quarter-time.

Canada counter attacked in the second quarter with goal shooter Dulcina Wind converting eight goals from eight attempts, but still trailed 21-34 at half-time.

Fiji regained control in the third quarter and outscored Canada 16-9.

The result means Fiji plays Sri Lanka on Friday for a chance to finish seventh while Canada meet Barbados with the winner to finish ninth.

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