Bajans finish 11th of 16
With a clinical 68-45 victory over Samoa, Barbados finished 11th out of 16 teams at the World Netball Championships.
On Friday night, Barbados virtually wrapped up the game in the second quarter, outscoring Samoa 21-9 to take a 38-23 half-time lead.
In the first half, Latonia Blackman lined up at wing defence, Lisa Puckerin at goal defence and Shonette Bruce was ’keeper for the full four quarters. Samantha Browne, centre for the full game, was named Player Of The Match as Barbados kept raising the defensive pressure.
This resulted in numerous turnovers which the shooters converted. With her first full game at goal shooter, Laurel Browne scored 39 from 42, and Nikita Piggott, with three at goal attack, scored 26 from 29.
More changes in the second half saw Blackman move to goal defence and Kizzy Marville to wing defence. Sabreena Smith replaced Damisha Croney at wing attack in the fourth and Lydia Bishop, with one quarter at goal attack, scored three goals.
Trailing by as many as 24 goals, Samoa tried to fight back and even won the final quarter 14-13.
At the 2007 championships, Barbados were 13th.
The bottom eight places have now been decided. In other matches, Wales beat Fiji 62-47 to finish ninth; Botswana took 13th spot with a 59-54 victory over Sri Lanka, and Malaysia found themselves at the bottom after Singapore took 15th place with a 47-36 result.
Malawi and South Africa will play for fifth place, while Trinidad and Tobago will take on Northern Ireland for seventh place.
The top two teams in the world will play for the championship as they have done time and again.
No. 1 New Zealand did just enough to take care of England 49-34. But it was Australia who showed little mercy in dismantling Jamaica 82-46 in the other semi-final. (SAT)
15th Place: Singapore 47 (Ling Li 2/4, Charmaine Soh 2/4, Huiyan Tan 36/42, Huifen Chen 7/10). Malaysia 36 (Norashikin Zaman 26/30, Nur Mohd Nor 3/3, Izyan Wazir 2/4, Noramirah Azhar 5/7).
Quarter scores: 10-8, 21-18, 35-26.
13th Place: Botswana 59. Sri Lanka 54. No individual scores available.
11th Place: Barbados 68 (Lydia Bishop 3/5, Laurel Browne 39/42, Nikita Piggott 26/29). Samoa 45 (Barbara Faasavalu 4/7, Shirin Chang 5/6, Sepiuta Langi 31/34, Sanita To’o 5/6). Quarter scores: 17-14,
9th Place: Wales 62 (Rebecca James 18/21, Cara Moseley 44/54). Fiji 47 (Afa Rusivakula 35/48, Seruwaia Vonolagi 8/12, Maria Lutua 4/7). Quarter scores: 12-14,
Malawi 61 (Mwayi Kumwenda 40/44, Sindi Simtowe 19/22, Joyce Mvula 2/3). Trinidad & Tobago 38 (Anastascia Wilson 11/12, Joelisa Cooper 11/12, Janelle Barker 17/20). Quarter scores: 19-12,
South Africa 46. Northern Ireland 41. Quarter scores: 10-12, 23-21, 34-31.
Semi-finals: New Zealand 49 (Irene van Dyk 23/25, Maria Tutaia 26/38). England 34 (Louise Brownfield 8/14, Pamela Cookey 13/15, Jo Harten 13/14). Quarter scores: 13-11, 23-18, 39-26.
Australia 82 (Catherine Cox 39/47, Natalie Medhurst 28/30, Caitlin Bassett 11/11, Erin Bell 4/4). Jamaica 46. No individual scores available. Quarter scores: 18-13, 37-23, 63-32.