Zimbabwe beat hosts Hong Kong to secure place in Tri-Nations netball final

World number 17 follow up win over Malaysia with 46-30 victory at Kowloon Park Sports Centre on Friday

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 10:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 10:31pm

World number 17 Zimbabwe secured a place in the final of the Tri-Nations after recording a 46-30 win over hosts Hong Kong at Kowloon Park Sports Centre on Friday.

Zimbabwe, who beat world number 19 Malaysia 52-29 in Thursday’s opener, held a slender 18-16 lead at half-time before extending that lead to 13 points at the end of the third quarter.

World number 26 Hong Kong, who beat a Hong Kong Invitational side 64-14 on Thursday, must now beat Malaysia on Saturday to secure a place in Sunday’s final.

“It was a disappointing loss to Zimbabwe after a strong start to the match,” said Hong Kong co-captain Elise Daly.

“We were down by one at the end of the first quarter and only two at half-time, but a runaway third quarter saw Zimbabwe pile on the points.

“We regrouped admirably, but it was hard to fight back from such a deficit. There were plenty of positive things to build from and a lesson for us in African style netball.

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“We look forward to regrouping and taking on Malaysia in tomorrow’s match. Congratulations to our national team debutant Julia Broughton on an impressive first hit out.”

Hong Kong will be looking for revenge following a heartbreaking 35-34 defeat by Malaysia in the semi-finals of last year’s Asian Netball Championship in Thailand.