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Disappointing Start: Carpenter

The Fijian Pearls lost their opening round of the Netball World Cup 2015 to Wales 52-59 at the Netball Central Court in Sydney yesterday. Head coach Kate Carpenter was not
08 Aug 2015 13:36
Disappointing Start: Carpenter

The Fijian Pearls lost their opening round of the Netball World Cup 2015 to Wales 52-59 at the Netball Central Court in Sydney yesterday.

Head coach Kate Carpenter was not impressed with the result and reiterated they needed to regroup for the second match today.

“It was a disappointing first game for us after we won three quarters, but really went down in the second quarter,” Carpenter said.

“We lost in the second quarter because we just failed to control possession and we did not utilise opportunities. Wales made changes in the second quarter they were very defensive.”

Fiji plays Uganda in their second match today at 1:20pm (Fiji).

“Now we will need to make some adjustments to make sure to deliver quality balls to the shooters and maintain momentum.

“We will need to regroup quickly for our next match,” Carpenter said.

Lanky goal shooter Taraima Mitchell displayed an impressive performance after finishing of as the top scorer with 100 per cent accuracy and 35 goals. The Pearls started well with a 16-13 lead at the opening quarter, but failed to maintain momentum at halftime as the Welsh led 33-24 at the breather.

Emma Thomas of Wales scored the first goal of the tournament, but it was Fiji who took an early lead through goalshooter Afa Rusivakula with a quick flurry of goals.

Wales had no answer to Fiji’s quick ball movement and found themselves trailing 13-16 at the first break.

Wales jumped out of the blocks though at the start of the second term, with quick goals to Thomas and Chelsea Lewis giving their side the lead.

Dyke was proving to be a handful for the Fiji midcourters, her energy helping to lift her teammates.

The Pearls could only manage eight goals as they struggled to hold possession, trailing 33-24 at halftime.

Goals proved hard to come by in the early stage of the third quarter with Mitchell’s shooting keeping Fiji in the match, as her sharp and accurate shooting began to swing momentum towards the Pearls.

Another time-out for Wales saw Williams receive some courtside treatment.

At the final break, Wales held a 46-38 lead.

Fijians pushed hard early in the fourth quarter, but Wales refused to falter.

As the pressure mounted on Fiji, some errors crept into their game with wayward passes costing them dearly.

In the end, the margin proved too large for the Fijians to close.

Wales goal attack Emma Thomas said they stuck to their game plan.

“I thought we played really strongly.

“We stuck to our game plan for the majority of the game. Fiji were really strong they played the game we expected them to,” Thomas said.

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