The Silver Ferns are prone to miss a medal on the Commonwealth Video games for the second time in a row.
New Zealand was no match for Jamaica and star striker Jhaniele Fowler of their girls’s netball semi-final in Birmingham on Saturday night time (NZ time), trailing 67-51 – their heaviest loss for the reason that similar leg 4 years in the past.
That earned them a play-off match for a bronze medal in opposition to the losers of the second semi-final between host nation and defending champions England and Australia on Monday morning (NZ time).
In entrance of a packed and boisterous crowd of 9,500 regardless of the early begin (9am UK time), the Silver Ferns have been second greatest from the opening whistle when Fowler, a former Southern Metal star, scored all 54 of her pictures earlier than she was substituted late within the closing quarter with the consequence little doubt.
On the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, New Zealand was hammered 65-44 by Australia within the semi-finals after which missed out on a medal when Jamaica defeated them within the bronze medal play-off. The disappointing marketing campaign marked the tip of Janine Southby’s time as coach.
“We had some easy errors – defensive touches, missed pictures, throwing the ball away on offense and Jamaica is a crew that may have a tough time getting the ball off anyway,” mentioned NZ skipper Gina Crampton.
“I do not suppose we got here out flat – I believe it was simply silly little errors, and I believe that is particular person accountability.”
A mixture of accidents and unavailability noticed New Zealand enter the match with a crew missing high expertise and little expertise at main occasions.
The Silver Ferns began with a primary line-up of Maia Wilson (purpose shot) and Te Paea Selby-Rickit within the attacking circle, Crampton on wing assault, middle Whitney Souness, Kate Heffernan (wing defence), Phoenix Karaka (purpose defence) and Sulu Fitzpatrick (goalkeeper).
They acquired off to a nervous begin with Wilson lacking her first shot on purpose from shut vary and shortly fell 4 behind the Sunshine Ladies, enjoying with confidence after their upset win over Australia.
Jamaica completed the quarter with an enormous 18-9 lead and elevated that benefit within the second quarter earlier than coach Dame Noeline Taurus changed Fitzpatrick with Kelly Jury to attempt to counter Fowler’s influence. Kayla Johnson additionally got here off the bench as an alternative of Heffernan, however when Jamaica swept throughout the sector to attain simply earlier than half-time, the sport was all however over.
“We will not give ourselves that many objectives at first, it is simply too tough,” Crampton mentioned.
Grace Nweke changed Wilson after the large break and he or she gave the World Cup winners a presence and appears like a possible starter within the quest for bronze.
“It hurts rather a lot,” Crampton mentioned of the crushing defeat.
“I assumed all the pieces we had carried out was good – all of the progress we have remodeled the previous few weeks to get us so far.
“Not exhibiting what we’re able to is basically disappointing.”