Selby-Rickit in Fast5 world win

Last updated 10:35 15/11/2012

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Otaki's Te Huinga Reo Selby- Rickit has helped New Zealand to victory in the weekend's Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland.

The Haier Pulse goal keep was called into the Fast5 Ferns squad late, after captain Casey Williams pulled out because of injury.

Fast5 is a new five-a-side version of netball. Close shots are worth one point, with long shots worth two or three points. Teams select a quarter to be their powerplay, where they get double points for each goal scored.

Selby-Rickit started the final for New Zealand, with England jumping out to an early first quarter 9-6 lead.

By halftime the English led 19-14, scoring 10 points during their powerplay, but were pegged back to 21-20 heading into the final quarter.

The Ferns were able to score three unanswered goals in the final quarter to win the series.

Selby-Rickit was also part of the New Zealand team which competed at the Fastnet World Netball Series last year in Manchester, England, where the Kiwis finished second behind England.

The Fastnet game was given a revamp this year, creating the Fast5.

Ferns shooter Maria Tutaia was named player of the series, and said it was a tough final to win.

"England are no easy beats, they've been performing consistently well throughout the tournament, so I am really proud that we won," she said.

"This is history, it's the beginning of a new era. I just hope more people come and support the sport and what we are trying to do at next year's tournament."

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- Kapiti Observer


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