Another Australia-New Zealand netball battle

15:15, Aug 02 2014
Khadijah Williams; Kimberley Ravaillion
CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Australian centre Kimberley Ravaillion battles for possession with Jamaica's Khadijah Williams during their Commonwealth Games semifinal in Glasgow.

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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