Can Australia win a record 12th Netball World Cup?
Or will it be New Zealand who go back-to-back?
And don’t write off Jamaica and England, with host nation South Africa also looming large.
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See who our experts have tipped to win, and the player to watch this tournament.
Who will win? Australia – This will be the greatest pressure any Australian World Cup team will have ever felt to achieve success. A World Cup that for the first time ever, many believe the Gold medal is truly up for grabs. That said, I do believe the Diamonds list has the versatility needed and the experience required to win Gold.
Runners up? New Zealand – Their list has amazing potential and their style of play is a point of difference in the competition and has the ability to challenge most. They have been building confidence over the last two years and with some of their big names back in the team, they are real threats.
The player to watch: Elmere van der Berg – The South African GS/GA with big wraps on her from coach Norma Plummer. An apparent mix of Irene Van Dyke and Sharelle McMahon, her game time may only be minimal this tournament but the glimpses we get are likely to be impressive. Young, tall, athletic, unique and everything netball needs.
Who will win? Australia – They’ll be too good and bring plenty of momentum after the SSN season and recent international successes.
Runners up? Jamaica – For obvious reasons; they’ll be too big, too strong and they’re in form! Plus they have so much talent.
The player to watch: Funmi Fadoju – The England defender who will have everyone excited and plenty of SSN teams chasing after this World Cup.
Who will win? Australia – The connection, versatility in their side and the belief and knowledge of how to win will get them over the line. It won’t be without a few hiccups, but they will prevail in the end.
Runners up? Jamaica – As much as I think England and New Zealand will be threatening at times, Jamaica will carry their confidence from the Commonwealth Games and with 12 more months working with their midcourt, I feel the unknown is what will help them get into another final of a major.
The player to watch: Grace Nweke – With her growing confidence at international level, the New Zealand goal shooter will be a tough opponent for many, and this will be the tournament that sets her spot in the Silver Ferns for many years to come.
Who will win? Australia – It’s hard to go against our Diamonds. Their international track record of late has been superb and I’m sure coach Stacey Marinkovich has a few extra strategies up her sleeve to keep the rest of the world at bay.
Runners up? New Zealand – I do think Jamaica could test both Australia and New Zealand, but I’m ready to see a classic trans-Tasman battle for the gold medal like in 2019.
The player to watch: Nichole Taljaard – The South African goal attack looms large this World Cup. She’s a dynamic mover with a lethal shot.
AUSTRALIA’S GAME TIMES (AEST)
Friday, July 28 from 7pm: vs Zimbabwe
Saturday, July 29 from 7pm: vs Tonga
Sunday, July 30 from 5pm: vs Fiji
HOW TO WATCH
All of Australia’s games will be shown live and free on Kayo Freebies. All World Cup games will be available live to Foxtel and Kayo Sports customers.
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