Netball: Silver Ferns vs. England 17 Oct 2012
So close yet so far away for England who after staying within reach for three-quarters of the game fell away in the last period. New Zealand took their time in sealing the result but their defensive screen clicked in the last quarter while their shooters continued to do the business at goal.
Another strong effort from Maria Tutaia at goal attack while defensive quartet Katrina Grant, Leana du Brain, Anna Harrison and Laura Langman were also outstanding.
Not the complete or polished performnce Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu was hoping for and greater improvement will be needed when they come up against Australia on Sunday.
Q4 13min NZ 56-39 ENG
The Silver Ferns' defensive screen is really troubling England who have battled to get things beyond the middle-third of the court.
Q4 11min NZ 56-39 ENG
New Zealand have kicked-on in the final quarter with the England resistance starting to crumble.
Q4 6min NZ 46-36 ENG
Precision passing inside the circle sees Tutaia and van Dyk edging the Kiwis further ahead. Jo Harten has been off-balance with a couple of scoring opportunities going begging.
Q4 2min NZ 43-36 ENG
England have taken confidence from their third quarter showing and are intent on taking this match down to the wire.
End of third quarter NZ 41-33 ENG
A strong quarter for England who managed to narrow the margin to five before a late surge pushed the Kiwis back out to an eight-goal lead. Jo Harten has found her confidence after a quiet first-half but England have been unable to shut down the efficient and long-range shooting ability of Tutaia.
Q3 12min NZ 38-32 ENG
England have come storming back into the match with Harten landing a succession of goals to ask serious quaestions of the Silver Ferns.
Q3 7min NZ 33-25 ENG
Some strong play from Jo Harten keeping England in the match with the match becoming a bit of an arm wrestle.
Q3 4min NZ 30-21 ENG
The Silver Ferns have their 'A-Team' on the court with captain Casey Williams on at goal defence and Irene van Dyk into goal shoot. Tutaia is continuing her strong form, currently at 16 from 16 for the night.
End of second quarter NZ 26-17 ENG
England have shown plenty of athletic ability with their ball movement but lack the polish to add points. The Silver Ferns have reduced the errors and contact penalties which marred the early stages and have done enough to keep the opposition nine-to-ten goals in arrears throughout the second quarter.
Q2 14min NZ 25-16 ENG
11 goals apeice in this quarter shows England do have it in them yet they are failing to match the Ferns' accuracy on attack.
Q2 11min NZ 24-16 ENG
England are hanging in - Gutherie called time as she continues to battle her ankle injury - but the Ferns are attacking with more confidence as they find their rhythm.
Q2 8min NZ 22-13 ENG
New Zealand are showing good patience when in possession. I if unsuccesful when trying to get to goal they are taking it back up court before making another raid - something England could learn from
Q2 4min NZ 17-7 ENG
Bailey Mes controlled the ball well before delivering it to Tutaia to take the margin out to 10-points.
Q2 2min NZ 14-7 ENG
England got first points of the second quarter with two quick goals after New Zealand gave up possession following the centre pass.
End of first quarter NZ 13-5 ENG
England's defence has worked well but their attack needs to lift and find ways around the effective Silver Ferns screen. New Zealand's shooters are on-song with Tutaia landing nine from nine and Latu missing just once to give her four from five attempts.
Q1 12min NZ 11-5 ENG
Both sides having to work hard for their goals. The Ferns have defended strongly and often forced England into passing side to side across court.
Q1 8min NZ 7-4 ENG
England are playing with ambition and looking good early however basic errors allowing the Silver Ferns to get out of trouble on a few ocassions. England Wing Defender Guthrie recieved treatement for an ankle problem.
Q1 4min NZ 5-2 ENG
England keeper Chambers intercepted a long floating pass from Tutaia that was never on. England move it swiftly down the court for Harten to score their second.
Q1 3min NZ 3-1 ENG
England levelled through shooter Jo Harten before Catherine Latu notched her first goal of the night, Tutaia also adding another.
Q1 1min NZ 1-0 ENG
Maria Tutaia gets the scoring started for New Zealand with a trademark long-shot.
Q1 0min NZ 0-0 ENG
Centre pass has just been made with the Silver Ferns getting first use of the ball.
Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of the Silver Ferns Quad Series match against England at Newcastle.
After easily accounting for South Africa 63-27 in the tournament opener in Adelaide on Sunday the Silver Ferns will be expecting a stronger challenge from England, who although understrength, will be desperate to improve upon their first-up 24-goal loss to the Australian Diamonds.
England are missing first-choice defenders Geva Mentor and Sonia Mkoloma, along with strong midcourter Jade Clarke, who were controversial omissions from their Quad Series squad, yet the Silver Ferns will not be expecting an easy run.
England rose to the challenge in the first half of their clash against the host nation before the class of the Australian's shone through in the second to ultimately streak away 64-40 winners.
New Zealand won't have the leeway they enjoyed against the Proteas, with Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu able to test out two different lineups and ringing the changes at halftime.
They struggled to find their rhythm early on before easing ahead in the second quarter and taking command after the break, when Irene van Dyk and Anna Thompson were injected at goal attack.
There is still likely to be an element of rest and rotation once again as Taumaunu seeks to use all 12 players to help stave off fatigue, with their big match-up against Australia coming on Sunday.
Captain Casey Williams will be looking to build on Sunday's effort after returning from a 15-month international layoff with a knee injury, while the Ferns should be more accustomed to the space marking defence they employed against South Africa, as they seek a more polished performance.
The match is scheduled to start at 8.30pm.
Silver Ferns: Cathrine Latu, Maria Tutaia, Bailey Mes, Laura Langman, Anna Harrison, Leana de Bruin, Katrina Grant.Source: TVNZ
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