Silver Ferns look to battle Australia after Singapore win in Netball World Cup

Netball 15/07/2019

New Zealand have progressed through to the Netball World Cup's second round, where they will face archrivals Australia en route to the semi-finals.

The Silver Ferns completed their first round of games with an 89-21 win over Singapore to complete the opening stage unbeaten.

They now take the points from pool wins over Malawi and Barbados into the next phase, where they will also take on Zimbabwe (8pm Monday NZT) and Northern Ireland (Wednesday NZT).

The top two teams from this group will cross over against the top sides from a group that includes England, South Africa and Jamaica.

Against Singapore, the NZ women jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after the opening quarter, scoring the first nine goals of the contest.

New Zealand took the second quarter 23-3 - their most dominant period - with shooters Maria Folau, Te Paea Selby-Rickit and Bailey Mes combining for 43/45 under goal.

Over three quarters, Selby-Rickit emerged as the Silver Ferns' dominant shooter, slotting 37/39, leading a 90 percent shooting return.

New Zealand have outscored their early opponents by an average of 47 points - but defending champions Australia have been even more dominant, overwhelming rivals by 58 points a game.

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