Another Australia-New Zealand netball battle

Last updated 03:15 03/08/2014
Khadijah Williams; Kimberley Ravaillion
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CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Australian centre Kimberley Ravaillion battles for possession with Jamaica's Khadijah Williams during their Commonwealth Games semifinal in Glasgow.

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Australia will again meet archrivals New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games netball gold medal match after an impressive 57-42 semi-final win against Jamaica on Saturday (local time).

The Diamonds will face defending champions, the Silver Ferns, for the fifth Games final in a row when they meet at Glasgow's 10,000-seater Hydro on Sunday (local time), hoping to win their first gold since 2002.

New Zealand needed a last second goal from star Maria Tutaia goal to snatch a thrilling 35-34 victory against England in their semi-final.

World champions Australia got off to a healthy start against the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls, jumping to a 13-9 lead at the first break.

At 198cm and 107kg, Jamaican goaler Jhaniele Fowler-Reid posed match-up problems for the Diamonds early, but her errant shooting prevented her from dominating the game as she can.

The Jamaicans, however, persisted to lob aerial balls in to Fowler-Reid and Australia's defenders Laura Geitz and Julie Corletto had mixed success neutralising the threat, with their team holding a narrow 24-23 lead at the half.

Coach Lisa Alexander, who only made two midcourt changes at the break, kept faith in her defenders, which paid off with a comfortable 40-32 scoreline heading into the final term.

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