Sport Netball NZ beat Australia in Fast5 netball final

NZ beat Australia in Fast5 netball final

The New Zealanders celebrate after beating Australia in the Fast5 netball.
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New Zealand’s superb long-range shooting has lifted them to a second successive Fast5 netball world series title with a 56-27 win over Australia in the final in Auckland on Sunday.

A tight, tense contest was broken open in the third quarter when New Zealand took their power play, which meant all goals – from the one, two or three-point zone – were worth double.

The Ferns took advantage by nailing five six-pointers, with Maria Tutaia getting three and Cathrine Latu two.

New Zealand won the quarter 34-7 to blow the score out to 49-19.

Tutaia ended the match shooting at six from eight from deep.

She finished the tournament as by-far the most prolific scorer from three-point, or “super shot”, territory, draining 25 attempts in her seven matches.

That compared with last year’s best tally of 18 by England’s Jo Harten.

Jamaica took bronze with a 44-17 win over South Africa, who were a player down on their interchange with defender Vanes-Mari du Toit injured.

Malawi beat England 34-32 in the fifth/sixth play-off.