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Ultimate guide to the 2019 Netball World Cup


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Before the 2019 Netball World Cup begins in England, Nine's expert panel break down everything you need to know about the tournament.

WHEN AND WHERE

The 2019 Netball World Cup will be in Liverpool, from 12-21 July.

HOW TO WATCH

Every Diamonds match will be broadcast on Nine’s Wide World of Sports and all Netball World Cup matches will be streamed live on 9Now. You can also get live scores and commentary in the WWOS Match Centre. For those wanting to set their alarms, Manchester and Liverpool are nine hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1148666280339234816

AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS MATCHES

MATCH 1 - Diamonds v Northern Ireland – Friday 12 July – 7.40pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 2 - Diamonds v Zimbabwe – Saturday 13 July – 5.45pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 3 - Diamonds v Sri Lanka – Sunday 14 July – 11.45pm AEST on NINE

MATCH 4 - Diamonds v TBC – Monday 15 July – 7.40pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 5 - Diamonds v TBC – Wednesday 17 July – 1.45am AEST on NINE

MATCH 6 - Diamonds v TBC – Thursday 18 July – 7pm AEST on 9G0

Alexander reveals Diamonds World Cup squad

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Catherine Cox - Australian netball legend

Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Paige Hadley (C/WA/WD - Australia), Liz Watson (C/WA - Australia), Geva Mentor (GK/GD - England).

Karla Pretorius has without a doubt been consistently the best goal defence in the Super Netball. Shamera Sterling has been good in patches but when she's good she's exceptional and I think she's going to dominate a lot of the early games. Paige Hadley is a fabulous story. She put on four kilos in the off-season just to be bigger and stronger because that's where her game is headed, and that's a big thing for a female to do. She's in great form and she's committed to it. Liz Watson is unstoppable every single week and I can't imagine that's going to change over there. Geva Mentor you know what you're going to get with her. She's had a tough season, but we know what she's capable of, especially in familiar territory with her English Roses. They will be pumped and that confidence is going to roll through for them.

https://twitter.com/NetballWorldCup/status/1139096094867173376

Anne Sargeant - Australian selector

Gretel Tippett (GA - Australia), Laura Langman (C/WD/WA - New Zealand), Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Peace Proscovia (GS - Uganda)

Gretel Tippett because I think she's got x-factor. She hasn't been at a World Championships before, she wasn't in our Commonwealth Games team so she's pretty well fresh on the scene, which makes her a little bit unpredictable. She's got a hybrid game, she's hugely athletic and she's just got a great desire to perform. Laura Langman is on an incredible run of having played consecutive internationals, she has a heart bigger than anyone playing and I think she'll bring that to the Kiwis. Karla Pretorius for South Africa, she is miraculous. She plays in the Super Netball, and has an uncanny instinct and radar for an intercept and closing speed to die for. She's been the outstanding goal defence of the domestic comp so it's exciting to see how that translates to her national team. Shamera Sterling at Jamaica has been setting the court on fire. She's a bit Bambi-esque but she's a huntress in terms of getting her hands on the ball. Peace Proscovia is a raw talent and has elevated herself brilliantly in Super Netball. I think we've only just started to tap her potential as an athlete, so she's another to watch.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1148178345013760000

Sue Gaudion - Super Netball commentator

Casey Kopua (GK/GD - New Zealand), Gretel Tippett (GA - Australia), Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Helen Housby (GA/GS - England)

Gretel Tippett is playing some of the best netball so far and I think she's unmatched internationally in her role at goal attack. I'll be intrigued if there's someone who can manage her strength in the Diamonds. Karla Pretorius is the number one in-form player in Super Netball and I think she'll carry that into the World Cup. If she can string some decent performances together she gives South Africa a real hope of going far. For the Silver Ferns, Casey Kopua has come out of retirement, and she announced that she'll retire again after this World Cup. But she'll bring leadership and experience to that team. She intrigues me, seeing one of the old faces come back to be a part of the big game. Shamera Sterling is an excitement machine defensively in Super Netball and I can't wait to see how she goes back in the Jamaican team under the pressure of a World Cup. In the future she's going to be extraordinary so we can watch her to see what her potential will be. Helen Housby shot the winning goal for England to win the gold at the Commonwealth Games and I think she's become the poster-girl for the Roses. There's enormous pressure on this side and I can't wait to see how she copes.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1143394155210534913

BIGGEST THREAT TO AUSTRALIA

Cath Cox: There's a lot of threats to Australia. I would say England are but South Africa are a close second. England are a confident group and off the back of the Commonwealth Games they're going to take that confidence to the next level. They've got plenty of experience and they're all playing in the best competition in the world.

Anne Sargeant: It's like looking into a muddy crystal ball because Super Netball has elevated everybody. I think England are still the rival after the Commonwealth Games, and it's a home series for them. That brings problems as well as high points but I think they're on a roll and momentum will be making them a big threat.

Sue Gaudion: The big threat is England. They're full of confidence, they have home ground advantage, and they have familiarity with their Australian Diamonds teammates in Super Netball.

https://twitter.com/total_sportt/status/1149087476813877249

THE TEAM READY TO SHOCK THE WORLD

Cath Cox: South Africa, without a doubt. I think under ex-Aussie Diamonds coach Norma Plummer, they've completely transofrmed their bodies. They've had a solid pre-season=w ith their New Zealand clubs and they look fit and that's something that was missing a bit before, that fitness and strenght. But they've go tit all going on at the minute.

Anne Sargeant: Uganda. They have so much untapped talent, like Peace Proscovia, and we don't know too much about them. Most of the key nations play in Super Netball but Peace Proscoviais the first star from Uganda and having someone like that in your lineup can only stimulate their national side.

Sue Gaudion: I see the Silver Ferns coming in as a bit of an underestimated force. No-one is talking about them. They have one of the best coaches in the world, and on their best day they can beat anybody. We would be so silly to think they're not a threat.

https://twitter.com/SilverFernsNZ/status/1149063119018307584

NETBALL WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS

Cath Cox: I think the grand final will be England and Australia, and South Africa and Jamaica to make the semi-finals. But Australia will win the final against the Roses.

Anne Sargeant: I have no bloody idea about the top four, it's four or five for me. But I'd go probably Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica. South Africa come close but Jamaica scare me, because you never know when they will pull it out. And as an Australian selector I have to say the Diamonds to beat England in the final, which I think will be their hardest ever World Cup campaign.

Sue Gaudion: My final four will be Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica, but you watch South Africa might be a darkhorse. I'm really comfortable that Australia have the team to win this and they have the capacity to deal with the pressure on their shoulders. They have a point to prove. I certainly hope they play the Roses in the final.

https://twitter.com/NathiMthethwaSA/status/1148945988104740864

MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT THIS NETBALL WORLD CUP

Cath Cox: It's the first time you have no bloody clue who is going to win it. You generally know who is going to be in the grand final, but this year it could be five teams in the running. It shows how much the game has developed here in Australia and the international players taking it back to their own clubs. It's a much more even competition which is so exciting.

Anne Sargeant: There's a bit of an adrenalin rush out of fear factor. It's going to be so unpredictable, and the most closely contested. By virtue of how Super Netball has developed key international players and by exposing them to Australia, no longer do they step out on the world stage against Australia and there's an unknown quantity about us which takes countries a while to get used to the skill and speed. They're exposed to that and the intensity we play netball and that will make it the closest World Cup ever. I expect there to be upsets, I just hope it's not at the expense of the green and gold. There will be theatre like we've never seen before.

Sue Gaudion: There's so much more attention on it and the reason for that is it's no longer a two-horse race. Because netball's profile has raised so significantly, that means there's more media interest globally and that's lifted the platform for netball more than ever. This is the most unique World Cup ever for that very reason.

Before the 2019 Netball World Cup begins in England, Nine's expert panel break down everything you need to know about the tournament.

WHEN AND WHERE

The 2019 Netball World Cup will be in Liverpool, from 12-21 July.

HOW TO WATCH

Every Diamonds match will be broadcast on Nine’s Wide World of Sports and all Netball World Cup matches will be streamed live on 9Now. You can also get live scores and commentary in the WWOS Match Centre. For those wanting to set their alarms, Manchester and Liverpool are nine hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1148666280339234816

AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS MATCHES

MATCH 1 - Diamonds v Northern Ireland – Friday 12 July – 7.40pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 2 - Diamonds v Zimbabwe – Saturday 13 July – 5.45pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 3 - Diamonds v Sri Lanka – Sunday 14 July – 11.45pm AEST on NINE

MATCH 4 - Diamonds v TBC – Monday 15 July – 7.40pm AEST on 9GEM

MATCH 5 - Diamonds v TBC – Wednesday 17 July – 1.45am AEST on NINE

MATCH 6 - Diamonds v TBC – Thursday 18 July – 7pm AEST on 9G0

Alexander reveals Diamonds World Cup squad

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Catherine Cox - Australian netball legend

Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Paige Hadley (C/WA/WD - Australia), Liz Watson (C/WA - Australia), Geva Mentor (GK/GD - England).

Karla Pretorius has without a doubt been consistently the best goal defence in the Super Netball. Shamera Sterling has been good in patches but when she's good she's exceptional and I think she's going to dominate a lot of the early games. Paige Hadley is a fabulous story. She put on four kilos in the off-season just to be bigger and stronger because that's where her game is headed, and that's a big thing for a female to do. She's in great form and she's committed to it. Liz Watson is unstoppable every single week and I can't imagine that's going to change over there. Geva Mentor you know what you're going to get with her. She's had a tough season, but we know what she's capable of, especially in familiar territory with her English Roses. They will be pumped and that confidence is going to roll through for them.

https://twitter.com/NetballWorldCup/status/1139096094867173376

Anne Sargeant - Australian selector

Gretel Tippett (GA - Australia), Laura Langman (C/WD/WA - New Zealand), Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Peace Proscovia (GS - Uganda)

Gretel Tippett because I think she's got x-factor. She hasn't been at a World Championships before, she wasn't in our Commonwealth Games team so she's pretty well fresh on the scene, which makes her a little bit unpredictable. She's got a hybrid game, she's hugely athletic and she's just got a great desire to perform. Laura Langman is on an incredible run of having played consecutive internationals, she has a heart bigger than anyone playing and I think she'll bring that to the Kiwis. Karla Pretorius for South Africa, she is miraculous. She plays in the Super Netball, and has an uncanny instinct and radar for an intercept and closing speed to die for. She's been the outstanding goal defence of the domestic comp so it's exciting to see how that translates to her national team. Shamera Sterling at Jamaica has been setting the court on fire. She's a bit Bambi-esque but she's a huntress in terms of getting her hands on the ball. Peace Proscovia is a raw talent and has elevated herself brilliantly in Super Netball. I think we've only just started to tap her potential as an athlete, so she's another to watch.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1148178345013760000

Sue Gaudion - Super Netball commentator

Casey Kopua (GK/GD - New Zealand), Gretel Tippett (GA - Australia), Karla Pretorius (GD/WD - South Africa), Shamera Sterling (GK/GD - Jamaica), Helen Housby (GA/GS - England)

Gretel Tippett is playing some of the best netball so far and I think she's unmatched internationally in her role at goal attack. I'll be intrigued if there's someone who can manage her strength in the Diamonds. Karla Pretorius is the number one in-form player in Super Netball and I think she'll carry that into the World Cup. If she can string some decent performances together she gives South Africa a real hope of going far. For the Silver Ferns, Casey Kopua has come out of retirement, and she announced that she'll retire again after this World Cup. But she'll bring leadership and experience to that team. She intrigues me, seeing one of the old faces come back to be a part of the big game. Shamera Sterling is an excitement machine defensively in Super Netball and I can't wait to see how she goes back in the Jamaican team under the pressure of a World Cup. In the future she's going to be extraordinary so we can watch her to see what her potential will be. Helen Housby shot the winning goal for England to win the gold at the Commonwealth Games and I think she's become the poster-girl for the Roses. There's enormous pressure on this side and I can't wait to see how she copes.

https://twitter.com/AussieDiamonds/status/1143394155210534913

BIGGEST THREAT TO AUSTRALIA

Cath Cox: There's a lot of threats to Australia. I would say England are but South Africa are a close second. England are a confident group and off the back of the Commonwealth Games they're going to take that confidence to the next level. They've got plenty of experience and they're all playing in the best competition in the world.

Anne Sargeant: It's like looking into a muddy crystal ball because Super Netball has elevated everybody. I think England are still the rival after the Commonwealth Games, and it's a home series for them. That brings problems as well as high points but I think they're on a roll and momentum will be making them a big threat.

Sue Gaudion: The big threat is England. They're full of confidence, they have home ground advantage, and they have familiarity with their Australian Diamonds teammates in Super Netball.

https://twitter.com/total_sportt/status/1149087476813877249

THE TEAM READY TO SHOCK THE WORLD

Cath Cox: South Africa, without a doubt. I think under ex-Aussie Diamonds coach Norma Plummer, they've completely transofrmed their bodies. They've had a solid pre-season=w ith their New Zealand clubs and they look fit and that's something that was missing a bit before, that fitness and strenght. But they've go tit all going on at the minute.

Anne Sargeant: Uganda. They have so much untapped talent, like Peace Proscovia, and we don't know too much about them. Most of the key nations play in Super Netball but Peace Proscoviais the first star from Uganda and having someone like that in your lineup can only stimulate their national side.

Sue Gaudion: I see the Silver Ferns coming in as a bit of an underestimated force. No-one is talking about them. They have one of the best coaches in the world, and on their best day they can beat anybody. We would be so silly to think they're not a threat.

https://twitter.com/SilverFernsNZ/status/1149063119018307584

NETBALL WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS

Cath Cox: I think the grand final will be England and Australia, and South Africa and Jamaica to make the semi-finals. But Australia will win the final against the Roses.

Anne Sargeant: I have no bloody idea about the top four, it's four or five for me. But I'd go probably Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica. South Africa come close but Jamaica scare me, because you never know when they will pull it out. And as an Australian selector I have to say the Diamonds to beat England in the final, which I think will be their hardest ever World Cup campaign.

Sue Gaudion: My final four will be Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica, but you watch South Africa might be a darkhorse. I'm really comfortable that Australia have the team to win this and they have the capacity to deal with the pressure on their shoulders. They have a point to prove. I certainly hope they play the Roses in the final.

https://twitter.com/NathiMthethwaSA/status/1148945988104740864

MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT THIS NETBALL WORLD CUP

Cath Cox: It's the first time you have no bloody clue who is going to win it. You generally know who is going to be in the grand final, but this year it could be five teams in the running. It shows how much the game has developed here in Australia and the international players taking it back to their own clubs. It's a much more even competition which is so exciting.

Anne Sargeant: There's a bit of an adrenalin rush out of fear factor. It's going to be so unpredictable, and the most closely contested. By virtue of how Super Netball has developed key international players and by exposing them to Australia, no longer do they step out on the world stage against Australia and there's an unknown quantity about us which takes countries a while to get used to the skill and speed. They're exposed to that and the intensity we play netball and that will make it the closest World Cup ever. I expect there to be upsets, I just hope it's not at the expense of the green and gold. There will be theatre like we've never seen before.

Sue Gaudion: There's so much more attention on it and the reason for that is it's no longer a two-horse race. Because netball's profile has raised so significantly, that means there's more media interest globally and that's lifted the platform for netball more than ever. This is the most unique World Cup ever for that very reason.

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