Netball pools and match schedule announced
The official pools and match schedule for the preliminary rounds of the GC2018 Netball competition have been confirmed, following a draw ceremony held at Surfers Paradise beach.
Overseen and sanctioned by the International Netball Federation (INF), today’s draw ceremony saw the bottom six ranked teams randomly drawn into two pools in order to determine the match schedule for the preliminary round-robin stage of the competition.
They join the top six ranked teams who were placed into the two pools in a snaking pattern, according to the INF World Ranking list as of 1 July 2017.
The two pools determined are:
|POOL A||POOL B|
2. New Zealand
Pool A features matches between top-ranked host nation Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Barbados, Fiji and Northern Ireland during the preliminary rounds.
Pool B will see matches between New Zealand, England, crowd pleasers Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda.
International Netball Federation President, the Hon. Molly Rhone OJ, CD believes that with today’s announcement, excitement for the Games is only going to build.
"We are confident that the GC2018 Netball Competition is going to be a fantastic showcase for our sport and a thrilling world class event, and now that the draw has taken place, excitement and anticipation is really mounting," Mrs Rhone said."We look forward to seeing our amazing athletes take to the court in April, to winning new friends for our sport, and to the success we know this competition will be for netball."
Ambassador and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Laura Geitz believes Australia will have some tough competition on their hands.
"It’s really exciting to know the nations we will be taking on during the preliminary matches," Geitz said.
"There is going to be some tough competition during the preliminaries with the likes of Glasgow 2014 bronze medallists Jamaica and South Africa in our pool.
"I know everyone involved in Australian netball is looking forward to the prospect of defending our gold medal on our home court."
Each team will play every other team within their pool during the preliminary round matches which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-12 April, before culminating in the finals matches at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on 14-15 April, 2018.
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