South Africa earned a win in their final match of Day 1 at the Fast5 World Netball Series in Christchurch 2023 against Jamaica, after earlier losses to England and Australia in fast-paced the six-nation competition at the Christchurch Arena from 11-12 November, 2023.
The South Africans got a commendable 33-17 win over Jamaica to finish off the first day’s fixtures, which didn’t start well with an opening fixture 37-26 loss to England.
England dominated the game with the South Africans only outscoring their opponents in the third quarter, and going on to lose by 11 goals.
The Australia Challenge
South Africa then faced defending champions Australia in a much a tighter affair, and with South Africa having just played a 3-Test Netball series against Australia, their experience against the world champions showed in their second match result.
The two teams were close in terms of goals in each quarter but South Africa managed to outscore Australia in the second quarter by seven goals. However the win wasn’t meant to be with the Aussies taking the 32-38 victory at the whistle.
SA Form Against Jamaica
The last game of the day for South Africa went much better, earning a big 33-17 win over Jamaica. South Africa were on top in three of the four quarters, but the Jamaicans fought back in Q4, although it was a little too late for the island nation to turn their fortunes around.
“I think we have gained our confidence and got combinations right with every game that we played today. This win is very important for us because it shows that we are doing something right, we are taking the lessons from every match and applying what we are learning and what we planned on doing on the day. So ja, this win is important!”South Africa’s Player of the Match, Ane Retief, in the SA over Jamaica
South Africa are former silver medalists at the competition and will be hoping for a repeat of their 2022 triumph.
In other results, no team emerged unbeaten on day one, when Australia suffered a narrow 36-38 loss in their first match to Jamaica, and New Zealand got the better of Malawi 42-13. The African nation then followed up their first loss with another, this time against Jamaica, where they went down 41-37.
Malawi’s bad fortunes were compounded when they were handed their third defeat of the day as England secured a 41-30 victory.
The days action ended with hosts New Zealand suffering their first defeat as their trans-Tasmanian neighbours Australia beat them 38-29.
Fast5 Christchurch Results in New Zealand on 11 November, 2023
Australia 36-38 Jamaica
New Zealand 42-13 Malawi
England 37-26 South Africa
Jamaica 41-37 Malawi
South Africa 32-38 Australia
New Zealand 32-21 England
South Africa 33-17 Jamaica
England 41-30 Malawi
New Zealand 29-38 Australia
Main Photo Caption: South Africa on the attack during the FAST5 netball match between South Africa and Australia, at the Christchurch Arena in Christchurch New Zealand, on Saturday, 11 November, 2023. South Africa sustained Day 1 losses to England and Australia, but got better with each match to end with a commendable win over Jamaica. Photo: Supplied (c) Michael Bradley
Photo caption: South Africa secured a win in their final match on Day 1 of the Fast5 competition taking place in Christchurch, New Zealand between 11-12 November, and Ane Retief was named Player of the Match. Photo: Fast5 on Facebook