Scotland make winning start at Netball World Cup

FILE Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa

FILE Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa

The world champions Australia continued their 100% start to the Vitality Netball World Cup with a convincing 73-37 victory over Zimbabwe.

And it was a far cry from the last Netball World Cup staged in England, in Birmingham in 1995, which passed by relatively unnoticed with little hype and even less expectation.

England's 64-32 group stage win over Uganda was business-like and wholly expected but the sense of occasion in which it was played out illustrated the enormous strides made by the sport since Commonwealth Games gold.

England captain Serena Guthrie made her first appearance of the day for the start of the third quarter and her impact was immediately evident as her side scored 20 against their opponents' six to stretch their lead to 55-26. Stella Oyella is one of the players coach Rashid Mubiru will have at his disposal.

The Center was eventually sent of the fourth quarter, seeing the Cranes finish a player less.

The She Cranes struggled throughout the contest.

For England, who have now beaten Uganda in all of the two sides' last 5 meetings, they were as impressive as they would have dreamed, shooting over 87%.

Maxwell said: "We know tickets sold out so quickly for this game and it will be special to hear our anthem being played, so we really can't wait to get out there and take them on".

"There will always be a loser and victor, am very happy for my girls for pushing up to the end".

Scotland could not match the quality of the England Roses with England's goal shooter Rachel Dunn scoring 49 goals from 52 shots.

"They are a very hard team to play, they lost a bit of consistency and their heads, however they very rarely play at that worldwide level and I am sure they will learn from that. So overall a good performance".

Hosts England who are bidding to win their first title start their campaign with a clash against Uganda's She Cranes.

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