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Aussies pip young NZers in Fast5 netball.

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/10/2016

A new-look New Zealand line-up are still in the hunt to defend their title at the Fast5 netball world series in Melbourne, despite falling 32-29 to Australia on Saturday.

New Zealand, who have won the previous three titles, ended the first day of the shortened version of the game in second place on the table after notching earlier wins over England and South Africa.

Queen of the long bomb, and the only New Zealand player with Fast5 experience, captain Maria Tutaia led her young charges from the front.

Three quick successes from the three-point zone from Tutaia in their power play hauled the Kiwis back into the contest while defenders Jane Watson, Kelly Jury and Phoenix Karaka also played strong hands in reeling in a strong start by the Australians.

The consistent accuracy from Erin Bell from the two-point zone proved the difference as Australia ended the day on top of the table.

New Zealand complete round robin play with matches against Jamaica and Malawi on Sunday before the final play-off phase.

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