Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are the only unbeaten teams after two days of the 2023 Netball World Cup European Qualifiers in Glasgow. It looks increasingly likely that the two qualifiers for Cape Town next year will come from these three teams.
Northern Ireland proved too experienced and consistent for their southern counterparts, defeating the Republic of Ireland 59-24. Despite a shaky second term from the Warriors who were heavy favourites against the Emeralds, a raft of changes in the second half proved fruitful as the 12th ranked side powered away after half-time to secure a big victory in Glasgow.
Scotland followed up on their 87-17 win over Republic of Ireland on day one with a 62-goal thrashing of Isle of Man.
Once again the full court dominance of the Thistles was on show in this 82-20 win, with Emily Nicholl and Claire Maxwell controlling the defence, and Iona Christian and Hannah Leighton feeding through to the circle in midcourt. Scotland piled on a tournament record 31 goals in he opening 15 minutes. Bethan Goodwin was outstanding in goal shooter, while for Isle of Man, wing defence Cassidy Pizzey worked hard to quell the dominant shooters.
Wales piled on the goals, beating Gibraltar 95-19. There was no shortage of star talent on show for the Welsh side, with Georgia Rowe benefiting from the full court domination. Ella Powell-Davies held the line firmly from the defensive half, as Clare Jones and Shona O’Dwyer adding pace to the attack. Gibraltar goal=keeper Isabella MacQuisten had some highlight-worthy moments despite being overwhelmed by the Welsh attack.
RESULTS SO FAR
Wales 78 Isle Of Man 22
Wales 95 Gibraltar 19
Northern Ireland 68 Gibraltar 19
Northern Ireland 59 Republic Of Irelend 24
Scotland 87 Republic Of Ireland 17
Scotland 82 Isle Of Man 20