M2 PRESSWIRE-August 16, 2019-: Public reception for world champion Silver Ferns
The Silver Ferns
led by six goals midway through the first quarter, but had to withstand a serious fightback from their opponents before holding their nerve as the clock ticked down.
The Silver Ferns
' success completed a recent revival after they had failed to win a medal for the first time at last year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Gone was the error-strewn performance against the Silver Ferns
as Neville's team established a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to build their advantage against a team whom they had beaten by nine points earlier in the tournament, one who pushed Australia agonisingly close in their own last-four clash.
Gone was the errorstrewn performance against the Silver Ferns
as Neville's team established a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to build their advantage against a team they had beaten by nine points earlier in the tournament, one who pushed Australia agonisingly close in their own last-four clash.
A late Ameliaranne Ekenasio penalty settled it as the Silver Ferns
overcame the holders 52-51.
England's emphatic group phase win over South Africa had made them favourites to beat the Silver Ferns
, who nevertheless had gained some degree of redemption for a poor campaign by pushing Australia to within one goal in their final group stage game on Thursday.
England have superior scoring prowess to New Zealand in the other semi-final and are confidently fancied to sweep past the Silver Ferns
, who gave Australia a good game on Thursday, going down by just a point, but should find Housby and Harten too hot to handle.
The host nation will be in desperate need of an 'eighth player' as they take on a resurgent Silver Ferns
in their bid to reach their first ever World Cup Final.
Playing against the top teams in the world, we competed against world number ones the Australian Diamonds, New Zealand's Silver Ferns
and South Africa.
And Malawi's shock win against New Zealand was one of the biggest - with Ngwira playing a key role in stifling the Silver Ferns
This continues our commitment to the sport, which includes partnerships with Australian Diamonds, Silver Ferns
in New Zealand and the England Roses."