DIAMONDS CHASE GOLD
WHILE she may be the baby of the team, Paige Hadley has wasted no time helping steer the Australian Diamonds to a solid start in the Netball World Cup 2015.
After recovering from a seasonending anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2014, the midcourter has had an impressive start to the week-long competition against some of the best players in the world.
The Diamonds have won two from three games – including a record breaking 83-16 win over Barbados – in the preliminary rounds, going down only to New Zealand by five goals on Sunday.
Hadley said she was enjoying her time at the World Cup and that the Diamonds would accept nothing less than gold next Sunday.
“I always hoped that I’d be here and everything but I definitely didn’t expect it,” she said. “It’s amazing being on the court. I want to do my job and to get any court time is just amazing.”
The Australian Diamonds won their first preliminary round match against Trinidad and Tobago with an impressive 73-32 result on Friday, but lost to New Zealand’s Silver Ferns in a devastating 47-52 final preliminary round game.
It was the first time in 21 games the Australian side had conceded more than 50 goals in a match.
“Obviously, no one likes to lose so everyone was quite disappointed. We looked at ourselves and said that’s not good enough,” Hadley said.
The competition now moves to the qualifying rounds and the final will be held on Sunday. The Diamonds have been moved to Pool F with England, South Africa and Wales for the qualifying rounds.
Paige Hadley in action against Trinidad and Tobago at the Netball World Cup.