It’s an event which has been held quadrennially since 1963, and yet there have only ever been three netball World Cup champions.
Trinidad & Tobago’s sole title came in 1979, while of New Zealand’s four World Cups only ne has been won in the past 32 years.
And that, ultimately, tells you all you need to know about Australia’s dominance of the sport at the highest level.
The Aussies have clinched eleven World Cup wins, including six of the last seven editions. They continue to dominate netball almost exclusively.
However, a couple of pretenders to the throne continue to push the champions to the limits. England beat Australia in a heart-stopping final of the Commonwealth Games 52-51 in 2018, and that felt like a huge moment for the sport.
For the first time in a long while, Australia’s dominance was questioned.
And that sets us up quite nicely for this tournament, of which the Australians are favourites according to the Netball World Cup 2019 betting odds but where England, on home soil, will surely fancy winning their first ever World Cup title.
The tournament will be held this July in Liverpool, England, with sixteen tams doing battle.
England qualified automatically as hosts, with five other teams qualifying automatically by virtue of their INF world ranking. These are Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi.
There were qualification tournaments held on each continent too, and from Europe it was Scotland and Northern Ireland who prevailed. Africa’s qualification representatives will be Uganda and Zimbabwe, while Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados will represent the Americas.
Fiji and Samoa will join Australia and New Zealand from the Oceania section, and finally Sri Lanka and Singapore will represent Asia.
The top seeds have been kept apart in the group draw, with the rest of the teams randomly assigned to their group. Then this is where it gets complicated, with teams moving onto a second group phase before qualifying for their ‘placement match’ based on group performance. Then the semi-finals and final will take place after all the groups have been resolved.
It’s complicated, overly so in fact, but at least the best teams should progress to the knockout stage of the competition.
As far as the sportsbooks are concerned, Australia are leading the way in the Netball World Cup 2019 betting at 2.10, with England priced at 3.00, Jamaica at 5.50 and New Zealand at 10.00. The rest of the field are 21.00 bar.
2. Looking Back to Move Forward
For context, we should look at the most recent big international netball tournaments to get a feel for where each team is at.
The 2015 Netball World Cup was hosted by Sydney, Australia, and given what has gone before it was perhaps no surprise to see the host nation prevail.
The Aussies beat their neighbours New Zealand in the final, with Caitlin Bassett netting a fantastic 94% of her shots as the hosts triumphed 58-55.
In the bronze medal match, England dished out a 66-44 victory against Jamaica.
And then we fast forward to 2018 for the Commonwealth Games, again hosted by Australia.
This time the host nation were humbled by England, who secured a dramatic one-point victory 52-51 to secure something of a ‘passing of the torch’ in international netball.
In the bronze medal match, Jamaica defeated New Zealand 60-55.
3. Netball World Cup 2019 Predictions
As you can probably tell from the competition history and also the Netball World Cup 2019 odds, there are four dominant forces in the sport.
And the winner will surely come from this quartet of Australia, England, New Zealand or Jamaica.
The way the draw has worked means that the Aussies and the English will be kept apart until the final, assuming they both win their groups, and so that should set up a fantastic conclusion to the tournament at the Liverpool Arena on July 21.
Given their pedigree, it’s little wonder that Australia lead the betting, and indeed they will be at the heart of many pundits’ Netball World Cup 2019 predictions as the most likely champion.
But should we really be ruling out England? Don’t forget they prevailed in the Commonwealth Games last year, and playing on home soil will surely give them that boost that they need.
The support will be there, and the confidence in the camp is high, so England to win is the pick of our Netball World Cup 2019 betting tips.
Jamaica and New Zealand are in tough little groups, and they will have to battle just to make it to the semi-final stage of the competition. By the time they reach the last four, they may well have run out of steam.
So clear your diaries for July 21: England and Australia look set for a titanic collision.
4. 2019 Netball World Cup Broadcast
Surely lots of TV stations will be transmitting this event. But what if we told you that it is possible to watch it online for free?