European silver medal for Northern Ireland netballers

Northern Ireland's Deborah McCarthy at the end of the team's match with guest nation Trinidad & Tobago at the European Netball Open Championships
Northern Ireland's Deborah McCarthy at the end of the team's match with guest nation Trinidad & Tobago at the European Netball Open Championships

Northern Ireland's netball team will be guaranteed European Championship silver medals for only the second time if Scotland beat Wales on Sunday morning.

The team, who are hosting the European Open Championships, drew with Wales and beat Scotland 40-31 at Antrim Forum.

A Welsh win over Scotland will leave Northern Ireland only needing a narrow defeat to favourites England to secure the runners-up place.

They will be able to secure the silver medal on goal difference.

Strong teams have been brought in as guest nations for an invitational tournament within the European games which feature half of the world's 12 leading netball nations.

Northern Ireland lost 57-47 to South Africa and then 52-40 to Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday afternoon, but those results do not affect the medal positions.

The hosts have been competitive with home advantage and secured an impressive 53-53 draw with Wales before beating the Scots on Friday.

They face England on Sunday afternoon hoping a favourable result in the Scotland v Wales tie puts them in medal contention.

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