Ferns on top after round robin at Fast5 series

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 22:27 10/11/2012
Laura Langman
Fairfax NZ
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Laura Langman in action during the Fast5 tournament.

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New Zealand have claimed their third comprehensive victory of the Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena in Auckland, cruising past England 47-31 to finish round robin play as the top team. 

Earlier the Fast Ferns dispatched Malawi 44-24 before proving too strong for South Africa, winning 52-19.

New Zealand bossed both ends of the court against South Africa, easing out to a commanding 23-7 half-time scoreline.

Taking their 'power-play' in the final quarter, the hosts streaked out to a 33-point lead, the biggest ever victory in netball's shortest form.

Goal shooter Maria Tutaia nailed two three-pointers in the final quarter to cap off the win.

New Zealand demolished Malawi 44-24 in their opening game of the second day of competition at the Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena in Auckland today.

The African upstarts impressed yesterday, claiming a 33-15 upset victory over Australia, before being pipped 32-31 by Jamaica.

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Yet the Fast Ferns however were too polished for the 'Queens'; limiting scoring opportunities for the minnows and proving near unstoppable when in the attacking third.

Captain Laura Langman had total control of the mid-court in the first half; allowing the hosts to open up a 19-8 lead following the first two quarters, and blowing clear in the second half.

In the first match of the night, England managed their third straight victory of the tournament when they beat Jamaica 39-28.

Malawi would then claim a gutsy 27-23 victory over the English, bringing the crowd to their feet, while South Africa pipped Australia 28-27. After four games, Australia remain winless in the tournament.

Fast5 is a streamlined version of FastNet, which was created in 2009.

The biggest changes from FastNet see the wing attack and defence positions shaved off each team, while three-point 'super shots' have been added to the scoring arsenal.

- Fairfax Media

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