ENGLAND CLAIM FIFTH PLACE

ENGLAND has finished their Fast 5 World Series campaign with an impressive day two, defeating South Africa in the playoff 35-33 to claim fifth place.

It has been a tough series for the defending champions, suffering three losses on day one including a loss to South Africa 28-25.

The English side came into their final game confident after a win against Australia this morning set them up for a tough battle with South Africa.

“I think just how we came out on the second day was a massive improvement on yesterday so obviously as long as we’re improving along the way then it’s good news,” England’s Emma Dovey said.

George Fisher had her eye in early for England helping them to a slight lead but South Africa stayed in the game with the scores at 14-11 after the first half.

South Africa’s power play quarter started slowly with plenty of missed opportunities giving England a chance to close the margin in the fourth term.

The girls in red and white came out firing in the fourth quarter, refusing to let their 2018 World Series end in last place.

Fisher proved her worth hitting a three-point shot, doubled as a result of their power play quarter, to bring England back within three points of South Africa.

It was a battle between the star shooters for both sides in the final term with South Africa’s Renske Stoltz and England’s Fisher converting from all areas in the goal circle.

A final missed attempt from Stoltz sealed the game for England, earning them fifth spot in this year’s series.

Fisher has been a standout for England across the series and was no exception in their final hit out six shots from 11 at the two-point line including the game winning goal.

Despite finishing in sixth spot South Africa has been a team to watch this series giving grand final team New Zealand a run for their money.

“We had good games yesterday and today we had our best one in the first one of the day. I think we just gelled as a team and we got along really well,” said South Africa’s Renske Stoltz.

ENGLAND (35) defeat SOUTH AFRICA (33)

POWER PLAY: South Africa Q3, England Q4

SOUTH AFRICA STARTING 5: Sigrid Burger (GS), Renske Stoltz (GA), Tshina Mdau (C), Shadine Van Der Merwe (GD), Zanele Vimbela (GK)

ENGLAND STARTING 5: George Fisher (GS), Kadeen Corbin (GA), Natalie Panagarry (C), Emma Dovey (GD), Layla Guscoth (GK)

South Africa statistics:

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Danielle Lochner 1/1 0/0 0/0
Renske Stoltz 0/0 6/11 0/1
Sigrid Burger 4/4 4/7 0/0

England shooting statistics:

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Ella Clark 3/4 0/1 0/o
Kadeen Corbin 4/4 0/3 0/0
George Fisher 6/8 6/11 1/1