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18 July 2019 | Uncategorized

O’Hanlon pleased with Northern Ireland character

Northern Ireland captain Caroline O’Hanlon believes that this morning’s narrow victory over Barbados demonstrated just how much Dan Ryan’s team has grown throughout the Vitality Netball World Cup.

The Warriors will fight for a ninth-place finish after they battled to a 46-43 win over the Gems in today’s first match.

The victory was particularly sweet, O’Hanlon admits, because of the two agonisingly-close defeats that Northern Ireland suffered at the hands of Zimbabwe and Malawi earlier on in the tournament.

She said:

“Those matches were possibly in people’s subconscious, having been on the wrong side of tight results, so it’s great to see that the team has learned and showed that composure in the last couple of minutes, even though it was maybe a wee bit chaotic at times.”

Northern Ireland will finish either ninth or tenth at this World Cup, with their ultimate finishing position to be decided with a game against either Scotland or Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.

O’Hanlon continued:

“Our aim was to better our current position in the world rankings (eighth). We’ve played well at times, but unfortunately we were on the wrong side of some of those close results. But we can’t undo that now, so our focus is very much to finish ninth.

“We’ve played both Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago in recent years, but our focus will be on ourselves. We’ve got plenty to tidy up on after today, so we’ll focus and take the game as it comes, whoever we play.

“Whichever team comes through is going to provide a really tough battle, and we’re going to have to be better than we were today.”