Caitlin Thwaites goes for gold on netball court

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FOCUSED: Caitlin Thwaites goes for goal IN Australia’s pool match against South Africa in the netball action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwalth Games. Picture: GETTY

BENDIGO’S Caitlin Thwaites and her Australian team-mates will fight New Zealand for gold in Sunday night’s finale to the netball at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian Diamonds scored a 57-42 victory in Saturday’s semi-final against Jamaica.

Playing at her first Commonwealth Games, Thwaites has played a key role as goalshooter in the preliminary rounds for Australia.

New Zealand needed a last-second goal from Maria Tutaia to clinch a 35-34 victory in the semi-final against England.

The netball play-off for gold starts at 9.30pm (AEST).

It’s the fifth time the Trans-Tasman rivals will meet in the Commonwealth Games decider.

Four years ago the battle for gold went for 84 minutes before New Zealand held a two-goal buffer in double extra-time.

The Silver Ferns won 60-55 in the 2006 final against Australia in Melbourne.

One of the greatest netball matches in Games history was in 2002 when Lockington-Bamawm’s Sharelle McMahon shot the winning goal in sudden-death.

McMahon’s goal sealed a 57-55 victory for Australia.

The final day of action in Glasgow includes the men’s hockey final between Australia and India, squash,and the women’s and men’s road cycling.

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