9 Jul 2011

Sport: Fiji netball to compete for ninth place while Samoa loses to Wales

7:28 am on 9 July 2011

Fiji will compete for a ninth place finish at the netball world championships in Singapore today, while the best Samoa can hope for is the 11th spot after a heartbreaking one goal loss to Wales.

At the top of the table New Zealand takes on a confident England team in the semi-finals, while Jamaica faces off against Australia in the other semi.

Bridget Tunnicliffe reports:

"After the disappointment of failing to make the top eight, Fiji has posted wins over the next tier of teams, but they only just scrapped out a one-goal win against a fired up Barbados team last night to advance to the play-off for ninth and tenth position. It was a topsy turvy game with the two sides winning alternate quarters and Fiji didn't make it easy on themselves, shooting at a 77 percent success rate compared to 93 percent from Barbados. Samoa should have had a comfortable win over Wales - they went into the final quarter with a 10 goal lead, but somehow lost it in the dying moments as a fired up Welsh side pulled off one of the most unlikely wins of the tournament. So Fiji will play Wales, who they beat in pool play, and Samoa will play off for 11th and 12th against Barbados."