Africa top four netball teams as ranked after the World Cup. New Zealand’s Sliver Ferns were crowned champions of the world when they defeated their bitter rivals Australia by a single goal in a pulsating final.
Australia defeated New Zealand to win the World Cup in 2015, while the Silver Ferns last won the prestigious prize in 2003.
The two teams had met 16 times in Netball World Cup history, with New Zealand winning just four of them.
South African named best player
South Africa’s Karla Pretorius was named the player of the tournament, having made 20 interceptions and 23 deflections. Pretorius was described as South Africa’s ‘impenetrable wall’.
South Africa settles for 4th
South Africa’s Proteas finished 4th following their loss to hosts England in the bronze medal match.
Malawi finishes 6th
Malawi Queens had to settle for the 6th position after they lost the play-off match for fifth-place to Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls. The match which ended 68-50 in favour of Jamaica, means positions from 5th to 8th have been confirmed.
Uganda secures 7th position
Uganda’s She-Cranes secured the 7th position on the Netball World Cup standings when they defeated Zimbabwe’s Gems by 58-47 on Sunday. Uganda finished 8th at the 2015 Netball World Cup and were celebrated back home for the improved performance.
Zimbabwe Gems finished 8th
Zimbabwe, who were featuring at the tournament for the first time, were impressive throughout, finishing 8th. Zimbabwe’s Gems lost to Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls. The match ended 77-47 in favour of Jamaica.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro