Last eight line up at netball world championship

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 07:53 07/07/2011
Bongi Msomi
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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.

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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.

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