It’s been a big 24 hours for the Sunshine Coast Lightning players currently competing at the Vitality Netball World Cup.
Underdogs South Africa jagged the final position in the top four, meaning they join England, Australia and New Zealand still vying for the Vitality World Cup 2019.
A number of Lightning teammates on opposition sides will make for a particularly exciting VNWC Finals series in the coming days.
A win for SPAR Proteas (Karla Pretorius, Phumza Maweni) against the Ugandan She-Cranes (Peace Proscovia) this morning cemented South Africa’s first ever semi-finals berth.
Peace’s She-Cranes have officially bowed out of the top four race, but not without a competitive showing across the week – and will now battle it out for fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth spot overall.
Diamonds (Steph Wood) and Silver Ferns (Laura Langman, Coach Noeline Taurua) will face off on Thursday 18 at 7pm AEST to determine the final fixture, with the winner to head into the semi-finals boasting an undefeated record.
If South Africa’s SPAR Proteas defeat England Roses in their own clash tonight, they too could enter the final stage with six wins under their belt.
The winners of Pool F’s Australia v New Zealand and Pool G’s England v South Africa will then take on the alternate losers of tonight’s games in the first round of the semi-finals.
Then the two teams who win those matches will progress through to the Vitality World Cup Grand Final.
If South Africa and New Zealand progress through to the final round, Lightning fans could see three players and the head coach all competing for the ultimate win.
You can watch all Vitality Netball World Cup matches streamed live on 9Now.
Samsung Diamond games can also be viewed Live on Nine’s Wide World Of Sports via free to air channels 9GEM and 9GO.