Last eight line up at netball world championship

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 07:53 07/07/2011
Bongi Msomi
Getty Images
ON THE FLY: South African Bongi Msomi helped her team beat Botswana in their final pool match at the netball world championship, setting up a quarter-final against New Zealand.

Relevant offers

Netball

Caitlin Bassett leads Australia to dominant Quad Series win over South Africa Cathrine Tuivaiti reveals why she left Northern Mystics Southern Steel increase their search for new elite league netball head coach Nine months later, Janine Southby's Silver Ferns tenure finally gets underway Jane Watson called into Silver Ferns squad for Quad Series opener Silver Ferns defender Anna Harrison ruled out of Quad Series opener Southland Girls' High School netball team all-rounders set for grueling sports tournament week International netball gets its act together to finally launch Quad Series Dunedin's Jono Bredin named on assistant referees panel for NPC just months after mixing netball with rugby Bailey Mes confident of leading inexperienced Silver Ferns shooters

Northern Ireland were the only team to upset the rankings apple cart as the top eight teams were found for tomorrow's quarterfinals at the world netball championship in Singapore.

And even then the respective rankings suggest it was the most minor of upsets, as the 12th-ranked team for Europe toppled the 11th-ranked Samoans 66-37 in their final pool match last night to qualify second behind the dominant Australians in pool A.

In doing so, Northern Ireland have set up a quarterfinal match against England, who predictably breezed through pool play to top pool D ahead of seventh-ranked African side Malawi, who earned a daunting matchup against Australia.

Pool B winners New Zealand will play South Africa, who finished second in pool C behind Jamaica.

South Africa famously knocked New Zealand out of the 1995 world championship in England, inspired by their goal shoot Irene van Dyk, but they have never reached the same giddy heights and the last encounter between the two teams resulted in a 41-goal win by New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Jamaica, 72-45 victors over South Africa in pool play, will play Trinidad and Tobago, who finished second in pool B behind New Zealand, in an all-West Indies quarterfinal.

The quarterfinalists have a day off today while the teams ranked 9-16 are involved in minor playoff matches to determine overall placings.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who should play goal shoot for the Silver Ferns?

Bailey Mes

Catherine Latu

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content