Zimbabwe’s dirty tactics blamed for loss

Monday July 17, 2017 Written by Published in Netball

Dirty tactics from their opponent Zimbabwe and the level of officiating at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana, have infuriated Cook Islands under-21 netball fans.

 

The Baby Black Pearls lost their 9-16th playoff semifinal to Zimbabwe 41-55 on Thursday night (CI time).

The John Glassie-coached side was scheduled to take on Samoa in the battle for 11/12th place last night.

Following the match against Zimbabwe, in a post on the Netball Cook Islands Facebook page accompanied by footage from the match, a fan said they were appalled by the standard of their opponent.

“I have never witnessed such disgusting and unsportsmanlike play from another netball team, ever!” the post read.

“Zimbabwe didn’t come to play netball, and to be perfectly honest, if that is the way they are going to play then they don’t deserve the honour of being in this competition! They are dirty, plain and simple.

“What is the point of playing if you have to resort to such dirty and underhanded tactics, including punching our players? Come on Zimbabwe, are you really that scared of clean competition?”

The person added they were more disappointed with the umpires who were entertained by the Zimbabwe team’s behaviour, adding they turned “a blind eye to 99 per cent of what went on on the court”.

“I truly hope that you (umpires) watch a replay of this game. You should both be ashamed of your incompetence. I have no words to describe just how disillusioned I am,” the post added.

The national team managed a win, a draw and four losses in the Netball World Youth Cup, heading into their final match against Samoa last night.

Despite the Baby Black Pearls’ performance being marred by a gastro bug during the players’ first week in Botswana, they praised the players for representing the country well.

Meanwhile New Zealand was scheduled to play Australia in the gold medal playoff while Fiji took on England in the bronze playoff.

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