World Champions Australia Beat Spirited Zimbabwe

The world champions Australia continued their 100% start to the Vitality Netball World Cup with a convincing 73-37 victory over Zimbabwe.

The current number one-ranked team in the world picked up from where they left off against Northern Ireland yesterday, as they took the lead early in the contest and never relinquished their advantage.

Buoyed by their fantastic support once again, Zimbabwe impressed in the first ever Netball World Cup meeting between the sides, but ultimately fell short of victory.

Australia will be hoping to secure their place at the top of Group A when they face Sri Lanka on Sunday afternoon, while Zimbabwe will be confident they can bounce back in their final group game against Northern Ireland tomorrow.

Australia’s Caitlin Bassett said:“It was a physical match. The players that were out there felt it and it’s a good practice for us for later rounds.

“I think they took advantage of their smaller stature. They use a lot of bounce passes and got around the body really well which is something we had a talk about at half time, but it was hard to put the high ball in because they had really long reach.”

Zimbabwe’s Ndaizivei Madzikangava said:“As a team we played very well. This is our first time at a World Cup.  It was difficult for us, but we did very well. We can learn a lot of things. They are very fast and that made it difficult for us, but I think tomorrow we can do very

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