In a thrilling match at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, the Silver Ferns were held to a 48-all draw by hosts South Africa. The result leaves the New Zealand team’s fate in the balance as they head into their final group game against Jamaica.
If the Silver Ferns lose to Jamaica in their last group match, they still have a chance to make it to the semi-finals, but they will have to wait for final confirmation. South Africa will also need to beat Uganda later in the day, and even then, the outcome will be determined by goal percentage, with the Silver Ferns currently holding a higher differential.
The Silver Ferns faced a challenging schedule with two matches in a short span of 17 hours, starting with the game against the Proteas followed by a quick turnaround to face Jamaica at 9pm (NZT).
Both teams had to cope without their leading shooters, as Grace Nweke and Lenize Potgieter were ruled out of the tournament due to knee injuries. Maia Wilson stepped up as the starting goal shooter for the Silver Ferns, while Karin Burger took on the wing defense position, playing in her country of birth. Kelly Jury contributed as goal keeper with her commanding presence on the court.
Now, the Silver Ferns must regroup and focus on their upcoming match against Jamaica, knowing that a win or a favorable goal differential will keep their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals alive.
With so much at stake, the New Zealand team will undoubtedly give their all in pursuit of further success in the Netball World Cup.