The Matildas’ Spherical of 16 defeat to Norway could have ended their FIFA World Cup aspirations. Nonetheless, together with the cricket, the World Cups simply carry on coming.
The Australian Diamonds go into camp this week forward of the Netball World Cup to be held in Liverpool within the UK.
The motion kicks off on July 12, and Australia can have their sights set on 4 straight World Cup victories.
Let’s check out the competitors swimming pools, the important thing match-ups, favourites for the cup and the important thing gamers to observe.
Groups are break up into 4 teams of 4 relying on their world rating. The highest 4 seedings so as are Australia, England, Jamaica and New Zealand. The teams are as follows.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Northern Eire||Malawi||South Africa||Uganda|
|Zimbabwe||Barbados||Trinidad and Tobago||Scotland|
The Preliminaries Stage 1 of the Cup entails a spherical robin between the 4 groups in every group, with the highest three from every group progressing to the subsequent stage.
Stage 2 joins the highest three groups from every of Group A and Group B (turning into Group F) and Group C and Group D (turning into Group G). The underside ranked groups in every group develop into Group E and play off for 13th–16th spots.
The best way Stage 2 works is comparatively straightforward to know. For Group F for instance, Australia will play each workforce from Group B, with their factors carrying over from Stage 1. By the top of this stage, groups in Group F and Group G can have performed one another as soon as.
From there, the semi-final match ups might be between the winner of Group F and the runner up of Group G, and the winner of Group G and the runner up of Group F.
The grand ultimate of the World Cup takes place on the 21st July, simply 9 days after the event begins. 9 video games stand between the Diamonds and World Cup glory.
Key video games
The expectation is that the highest 4 seeds will clearly progress to the semi ultimate stage, however the actuality could also be considerably murkier.
New Zealand vs Malawi – 12th July
The Commonwealth Video games marketing campaign in 2018 was a vicious actuality verify for New Zealand, with their lowest level being reached with a 57-53 shock loss to Malawi. By the point they play, it will likely be 15 months since that worldwide and the Silver Ferns might be eager for some sort of revenge.
It’s questionable although whether or not the teachings have been realized. Maria Folau and Laura Langman have been granted particular exemptions to play in Australia’s Tremendous Netball league however the remainder of the squad are restricted to taking part in in New Zealand’s home league.
When you can perceive the explanations for New Zealand netball to take care of commonplace of their home league, it’s nowhere close to the usual of Tremendous Netball and the gamers are lacking out on the depth reached in each recreation on this aspect of the Tasman. It could value them once more.
South Africa vs Jamaica – 14th July
If there’s going to be an upset on the best hand aspect of the draw, that is it. Jamaica’s nine-goal victory over South Africa in final 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games was not an correct reflection of simply how shut that match up was. Scores have been stage at half time earlier than Jamaica lastly bought on prime.
South Africa are boasting a number of workforce members with Tremendous Netball expertise, together with aim shooter Lenize Potgieter and aim defence Karla Pretorius. Nonetheless, with Romelda Aiken coming back from damage and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in nice kind on the West Coast Fever, Jamaica ought to win.
Australia vs New Zealand – TBD
If New Zealand have been to lose to Malawi, they might be taking part in for his or her survival within the event. In the event that they do as a substitute get the 2 competitors factors from the Malawi recreation, the loser from this conventional match up will possible play event host and Commonwealth Video games champions, England, within the semi ultimate stage.
Whereas Jamaica themselves wouldn’t be a straightforward semi ultimate opponent, England have a workforce clearly able to profitable the World Cup.
Cup favourites and gamers to observe
Whereas some upsets will certainly happen, it’s troublesome to see a World Cup ultimate that doesn’t contain Australia or England. It might be the ultimate competitors organisers are hoping for and would determine the rightful no.1 workforce on the earth. For the reason that Diamonds’ heartbreaking one-goal loss within the Commonwealth video games ultimate, these groups have confronted off a lot of occasions, with the wins comparatively evenly break up.
Following numerous retirements after the Commonwealth Video games, the Australian workforce takes on a brand new look. It’s a relatively younger squad however, with all taking part in in Tremendous Netball, they’re undoubtedly not missing in expertise.
Gamers to observe
Kelsey Browne: Now on the Collingwood Magpies after a few seasons with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Browne is among the finest mid-courters on the earth, along with her pace matched by her fast arms and very good feeds into the aim circle.
Steph Wooden: The make-up of the Australian assault remains to be unclear however, for me, Wooden is Australia’s finest aim assault. In 2014, she was on the netball crossroads. A junior star, she frolicked on the AIS however couldn’t get a contract with a workforce on the then ANZ Championships. Pure expertise had bought her to this point.
Somewhat than stroll away, she labored exhausting on her health and the remaining is historical past. Wooden spent a while on the Sunshine Coast Lightning with captain Caitlin Bassett and their mixture is first-class.
For England, reigning Commonwealth Video games and World Cup champions would affirm them as the perfect workforce on the earth. With nearly all of the workforce taking part in Tremendous Netball, this World Cup goes to the wire.
Gamers to Watch
Jo Harten: A shooter with the GWS Giants, Harten has established herself as one of many premier Aim Assault and Aim Shooters on the earth. For somebody so tall, she possesses nice mobility and has an extended vary on her shot. She is going to pose all kinds of issues for defenders.
Geva Mentor: At 34 years of age and taking part in with the nationwide workforce for 18 years, Mentor is an actual key to this England workforce. In unbelievable kind for Collingwood, she is arguably the perfect defender on the earth.
After profitable TV scores for Tremendous Netball, Channel 9 might be broadcasting the World Cup. All Australian video games might be on free-to-air TV, whereas each match within the event might be accessible on 9Now.
For these left from the Diamonds Commonwealth Video games squad, the fireplace will nonetheless be burning deep. There may be nothing between Australia and England however I really feel that need for revenge could show simply sufficient. Australia to win.