Gems lose netball opener to world No. 1 Australia – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com

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Barbados goalkeeper Faye Agard tries to save that pass while being flagged by Australia’s Sarah Klau at the Commonwealth Games. (general practitioner)

Barbados were beaten 95-18 by Australia in the opening netball match of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England on Friday.

The world No. 1 team took a firm grip in the first quarter to lead 25-4 and continued that momentum with scores of 52-9 and 73-14 at the end of the following periods.

Gretel Bueta led Australia with 44 goals from 48 attempts and starting attack Kiera Austin was a perfect six out of six. Second-half shooter Cara Koenen responded with 35 of 38 and her attack on goal Steph Wood added ten of 15.

Barbados starting goalkeeper Shonica Wharton played for three quarters to score six of 13 and Brianna Holder scored two of her three attempts.

Latonia Blackman went from defense to attack on goal in the second quarter and went six of eight, while Faye Agard scored four of seven.

Today is a rest day for the team, with a game against South Africa on Sunday.

In other matches, England beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-22, Jamaica eliminated Wales 72-43 and New Zealand beat Northern Ireland 79-20. (SAT)

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