Live updates: Nations Cup 2020 - NZ Silver Ferns v Jamaica

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Silver Ferns 71-45 Jamaica 

8:30am - Click here to read Newshub's match report. Join us on Sunday for live updates of the Ferns' match against South Africa, starting at 3:30am. 

Fourth Quarter: 

FULLTIME - The game is over and New Zealand have blown Jamaica out of the water with a 71-45 win. The most goals they've scored since putting 77 on Ireland at the 2019 World Cup. Wilson awarded player of the match. 

2 min - Fourty goals to Wilson now. This is amazing. New Zealand lead by 23. SF 67-44 JAM 

3 min - No surprises, the Kiwis have now passed the mark as Selby-Rickit grabs a rebound from Wilson's miss. SF 65-44 JAM

4 min - New Zealand have matched their total from their match against England now. SF 64-43 JAM

5 min - Kimiora Poi throws a beautiful pass into Wilson who now has 38 goals tonight. SF 63-42 JAM

6 min - Jamaica past the 40 goal mark as Fowler lands her 33rd of the match.SF 61-40 JAM

7 min - Back-to-back goals from Fowler gets the crowd cheering, but not much to celebrate right now. SF 60-39 JAM

9 min - They need five more goals to pass the total scored against England. They've just passed 60, and Jamaica has now answers. SF 60-37 JAM

10 min - Safe to say i'm speechless watching the Silver Ferns. Wilson lands another shot, she's been outstanding so far. SF 58-37 JAM

11 min - W now has 33 goals so far, she hits another long range shot. The Ferns are loving those right now. SF 56-35 JAM

12 min - Selby-Rickit hits a long-range shot, her fourth of the game, and the Kiwis now lead by 22. SF 55-33 JAM

14 min - Both teams go blow-for-blow to start the quarter, as expected. SF 52-33 JAM

15 minutes to play -Jamaica get the quarter stared, and they score straight away. SF 51-32 JAM

Third Quarter:

QT - The Ferns past 50 to end the quarter. This has been clinical from Dame Noeline Taurua's side. They're leading 51-31 at the end of the quarter, after outscoring them 19-9 in the quarter. SF 51-31 JAM

1 min - Wilson converts and the lead is at 18.  SF 49-31 JAM

2 min - Ekenasio comes off and Selby-Rickit sinks her second shot of the game. SF 48-31 JAM

3 min - Wilson lands her 28th goal of the match. She's shooting at 97 percent, having missed just once. The lead is at 17. SF 47-30 JAM

4 min - The Ferns keep pushing their margin out. Feels like that's all i'm saying but they're very dominant right now. SF 45-30 JAM

6 min - Wilson scores again, and the lead is at 14. SF 42-28 JAM

7 min - The Ferns pass 40 now. Well on track to beat the score they set against England. SF 41-28 JAM

9 min - Make that a 13-goal lead for the Kiwis. SF 39-26 JAM

10 min - New Zealand now lead by 12. Despite missing many key players, they're looking great. SF 38-26 JAM

11 min - Very back-and-forth to start the quarter. Both teams going blow-for-blow. SF 36-25 JAM

13 min - Wilson scores and New Zealand has their biggest lead at 11. SF 34-23 JAM

14 min - Ekenasio opens the scoring to start the quarter, but Fowler hits right back. SF 33-23 JAM

15 minutes to play - Saunders gets the second half started. 

Second Quarter: 

HALFTIME - Wow what a thrilling quarter that was. Jamaica closed the gap to three goals with eight minutes left in the quarter, but they only scored three more times after that, as the Ferns open up a 10-goal lead to end the quarter. The world champs have been on fire. SF 32-22 JAM

1 min - The Ferns now lead by 10. They've blown this game wide open.SF 31-21 JAM

2 min - Wilson converts for New Zealand again - from another turnover and the Kiwis have their biggest lead of the game. SF 30-21 JAM

3 min - Burger with great hustle to turn the ball over and back-to-back goals sees New Zealand lead by eight once more. SF 29-21 JAM

4 min - Jamaica finally end NZ's run. SF 27-21 JAM

5 min - Errors are creeping into Jamaica's game again, and Wilson converts to restore that six-goal buffer. SF 26-20 JAM

7 min - Jamaica has a chance to close the gap to two, but they turn the ball over and the Ferns go and score two to make it a four-goal game. SF 24-20 JAM

8 min - Two goal game as Fowler lands her 17th goal of the match. They're outscored New Zealand 9-4 in the quarter. SF 22-20 JAM

9min - Jamaica are now down by three as Fowler adds a couple more goals. Wilson is back out on the court. SF 22-19 JAM

10 min - Selby-Rickit scores her first goal of the match. SF 22-17 JAM

11 min - The Ferns open the gap to six points, and they go to add one more, but a turnover from Crampton hands Jamaica the ball back who go and score. SF 21-16 JAM

13 min - Three straight goals for Jamaica sees the gap close to five. They're playing with more intensity to start the quarter. SF 20-14 JAM

14 min - Jamaica deflect a couple of shots, but the Kiwis still score first with a long-range bomb from Ekenasio, who is shooting 9/11. SF 19-11 JAM

15 minutes to play - Back underway. Te Paea Selby-Rickit is on for Wilson. 

First Quarter:

QT - New Zealand end the quarter with an seven goal lead. The Kiwis were up by eight but Fowler scored just before the buzzer. SF 18-11 JAM

2 min - Jamaica hit double digits, but still down by five. SF 15-10 JAM

3 min - Fowler misses from under the hoop but has the height advantage to get the rebound. SF 13-9 JAM

4 min - Confirmation that Bailey Mes is being rested with a knee complaint. Fowler scores to end New Zealand's run. SF 13-8 JAM

5 min - Now a six goal lead for New Zealand. Jamaica haven't scored in a while now. Wilson now 9/9. SF 13-7 JAM

6 min - NZ now lead by four. They're looking good now. SF 11-7 JAM

8 min - The Silver Ferns continue their good run and a long range shot from Ekenasio extends the margin to three. SF 10-7 JAM

9 min - The Ferns take the lead as Wilson lands another shot. SF 7-6 JAM

10 min - Jhaniele Fowler continues to be strong for Jamaica. Her tall frame is causing problems for the Ferns. SF 5-6 JAM

12 min - Wilson scores her second for the Kiwis, but Jamaica hit back straight away. SF 2-4 JAM

13 min - Jamaica add two more goals to open up a gap. SF 1-3 JAM

14 min - Both teams score in the opening mintue. Maia Wilson scores New Zealand's goal. SF 1-1 JAM

15 minutes to play - We're underway in  Birmingham. Jamaica get the match started. 

6:26am - Time for the national anthems. 

6:23am - Looks like NZ are going to use the same starting team they used against England on Monday.  GS: Maia Wilson, GA: Ameliaranne Ekenasio, WA: Gina Crampton, C: Shannon Saunders, WD: Karin Burger, GD: Phoenix Karaka, GK: Jane Watson.

Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live updates of the 2020 Nations Cup match between the NZ Silver Ferns and Jamaica from Arena Birmingham, England.

Both teams head into the match after winning their Nations Cup opener. The Silver Ferns claimed a commanding 64-48 win over England, while Jamaica beat South Africa 59-54. 

The Silver Ferns head into this tournament without many familiar faces, with the self-titled 'Fossils' group of Laura Langman and defender Katrina Rore, also taking a break, and shooter Maria Folau and defender Casey Kopua, who have both retired since last year's World Cup triumph.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio will lead New Zealand, with defender Jane Watson and midcourt Gina Crampton serving as vice-captains.

After facing Jamaica, New Zealand will square off against South Africa (Jan 26, 3:30am) before a 3rd/4th playoff (3:30am) or a possible final (6am) on Jan 27. 

Silver Ferns: Bailey Mes, Ameliaranne Ekenasio (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Maia Wilson, Gina Crampton (vc), Shannon Saunders, Kimiora Poi, Whitney Souness, Karin Burger, Phoenix Karaka Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Jane Watson (vc).

Jamaica: Jhaniele Fowler, Shimona Nelson, Shanice Beckford, Gezelle Allison, Jodi-Ann Ward, Nicole Dixon, Khadijah Williams, Shadian Hemmings, Shamera Sterling, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Latanya Wilson and Shannika Johnson.

Pre-match banter: New-look Silver Ferns dominate England in Nations Cup

A new-look Silver Ferns side began their 2020 campaign with a commanding 64-48 victory over England in the Nations Cup in Nottingham on Monday (NZ time).

The Ferns were missing 562 test caps worth of experience from the self-titled 'Fossils' core of Laura Langman and defender Katrina Rore - both taking a break - and shooter Maria Folau and defender Casey Kopua, who have both retired since last year's World Cup triumph. 

But that didn't stop Dame Noeline Taurua's side dominating most of the match with slick defence and sublime shooting. 

Despite their dominance, the Ferns endured periods of sloppiness, but will focus on the positives before Thursday's match against Jamaica, who earlier beat South Africa 59-54. 

Like New Zealand, England were without many of their World Cup squad, including influential shooters Helen Housby and Jo Harten.

The Ferns suffered a blow before the game, with confirmation that defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson had ruptured her Achilles tendon during a training match. The defender won't be replaced in the squad and faces a long recovery. 

Maia Wilson was the star player for the Ferns, replacing Folau and shooting 27/29, as the Ferns landed 64/69 (92 percent) of their attempts. 

They started nervously, but settled quickly to take the first quarter 15-11, with Wilson going 12/12 in the period. 

Taurua introduced Whitney Souness at wing attack for Gina Crampton and Te Paea Selby-Rickit for Wilson in the second quarter, and the changes appeared to work, with the visitors opening up an eight-point buffer.
England made changes and closed the gap to 28-25 at halftime.

With new captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio on the bench, the Ferns dominated the third quarter and opened up a 10-goal lead heading into the final period, allowing Taurua to give her extended squad members game time. 

New Zealand pulled away even more in the final stanza and eventually won by 16 points to boost their chances of playing in the Nations Cup final on Monday.