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Live Reporting

By Denise Evans

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's all from Australia v Northern Ireland.

    We'll be back at 18:45 BST with live updates of England's opener against Uganda.

    In the meantime, here's some inside information on England's squad courtesy of BBC 5 live's Netballers podcast.

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    Video caption: The #NetBallers take you through the England Team and give you some inside information
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    Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

    It's hard to gather from that where either side are at, as Australia were dominant and rarely tested.

    Australia were ruthless from the first centre pass, and Northern Ireland just couldn't stick with them.

    But it was a good opportunity for coach Lisa Alexander to see all 12 of her players in action, which is a welcome luxury in a tournament with such quick game turnarounds.

    They face Zimbabwe in their second game on Saturday (09:00 BST)

    But team shooting stats at 60% are just not good enough on this stage, and Northern Ireland have plenty of work to do and they'll have to do it quickly, ahead of their second game against Sri Lanka on Saturday (09:25 BST)

  3. Zimbabwe edge ahead

    There's an incredibly close game unfolding in Liverpool.

    World Cup debutants Zimbabwe are currently leading Sri Lanka 53-42 and the noise is deafening!

    Follow the live scores on this page.

    Perpetua Siyachitema of Zimbabwe and Thilini Waththegedera of Sri Lanka
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    Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland coach Dan Ryan confirms on Sky Sports that captain Caroline O'Hanlon is OK but will be assessed after her collision with Jamie-Lee Price.

    It looked like an accidental elbow to the head.

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    FT: Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

    Quote Message: It's about keeping perspective and learning from this. Some of the decisions we were making, we were making the situation hard for ourselves. But Australia were just too strong from Dan Ryan Northern Ireland head coach
    Dan RyanNorthern Ireland head coach
    Dan Ryan
  6. 'Who knows what's to come'

    Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

    Australia mid-courter Kelsey Browne, who made her World Cup debut today, on Sky Sports: "It's super exciting here, the atmosphere is amazing. Well done Liverpool! It's great to get out there and get the win.

    "There were a few nerves and I'm excited to be at major tournament. We're excited to have it under way.

    "We wanted to go out and run through our structures.I think the best thing is we've got 12 players and 100s of combinations. We've got massive depth so who knows what is to come in the next few days."

  7. Game over

    FT: Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

    And that's it! Australia cruise through their opening game her in Liverpool.

    They dominated in all areas of the court, but especially in both defensive and shooting circles.]Good news for Australia fans is their captain Caitlin Bassett looked sharp and fit but it's a case of wait and see for her injured counterpart Caroline O'Hanlon.

  8. Full-time

    Australia 88-24 Northern Ireland

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    Q4: Australia 87-23 Northern Ireland

    I think Northern Ireland must have read my last post as they've scored a couple on the bounce.

    But then excellent pressure from the Australian defence forces Northern Ireland to retreat and they make a mistake, with Courtney Bruce fizzing a long pass to drive her side forward and make it 87.

    Australia v Northern Ireland
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    Q4: Australia 86-21 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland have only scored two goals in this quarter so far.

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    Q4: Australia 84-21 Northern Ireland

    Courtney Bruce and April Brandley sandwich Shaunagh Craig in and she can't reach the sideline pass from Michelle Drayne, with Australia coming away with the ball once again.

    Just over four minutes to play in this match.

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    Q4: Australia 80-20 Northern Ireland

    Caitlin Thwaites' javelin arms are there again to pluck a pass out of the air. Her shooting partner Gretel Tippett likes that and gives her a low five.

    The pair combine again moments later to make it 80 goals for Australia.

    It's been an utterly dominant performance from them.

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    Q4: Australia 76-20 Northern Ireland

    Australia have a big final score on their minds as they head towards 80 goals.

    Caitlin Thwaites leaps for a pass, swivels and slots it away.

    Great stuff.

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    Q4: Australia 73-19 Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland just don't have that final pass in them in this game as another loose pass sails out of court on the backline.

    And against the Australians is probably not the time to have an off-game.

    Gretel Tippett with a big smile on her face sinks another for her personal tally - she's enjoying her World Cup debut.

    Kelsey Browne
  15. Back under way

    Q4: Australia 67-19 Northern Ireland

    The final quarter of this World Cup opener for these two sides is GO.

    Northern Ireland make two more changes with Michelle Drayne and Ciara Crosbie coming into WA and GA respectively.

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    Q3: Australia 67-19 Northern Ireland

    As we head into the final quarter, Australia's shooting sits at 67/71 - 94.4%

    Northern Ireland will need to improve on their 19/33 at 57.6%

  17. End of quarter three

    Q3: Australia 67-19 Northern Ireland

    Australia centre Paige Hadley is sooooo quick, you know, and all over the court.

    Neamh Woods, who has replaced the injured Caroline O'Hanlon is struggling to keep up with her.

    That's the end of Q3.

    Neamh Woods
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    Q3: Australia 62-18 Northern Ireland

    Huge cheers as Northern Ireland net another with Shaunagh Craig slotting home a difficult chance.

    Aussie fans are in full voice too, willing on the defending champions as they rack up an imposing tally of goals.

    Lovely stuff from Jamie-Lee Price as she spots Caitlin Thwaites in space and explodes a textbook chest pass into her direction.

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    Q3: Australia 56-18 Northern Ireland

    Australia's changes have disrupted their rhythm, but still they tick the score over.

    Caitlin Thwaites is on at GS and is starting to click with shooting partner Gretel Tippett.

  20. Ouch!

    Q3: Australia 53-17 Northern Ireland (11:00 BST)

    Northern Ireland captain Caroline O'Hanlon has just taken a nasty fall and has been helped off the court looking a little dazed. She collided with Australia WD Jamie-Lee Price and both had their eyes on the ball.

    O'Hanlon is walking gingerly and being looked over by the team doctor.