Ready to shine in decider
DIAMONDS HAVE ADVANTAGE
THE Australian netball Diamonds will go into the final game of the Constellation Cup against the New Zealand Ferns with a 2-1 advantage.
The Diamonds took out the first two games in New Zealand, winning 58-48 in Christchurch and 50-44 in Auckland.
The Silver Ferns fought back in the third game in Melbourne, beating the Dia- monds 50-47 in Melbourne on Sunday.
The victory was the Silver Ferns’ first Constellation Cup win since late 2013.
We have to pick ourselves up and bring our A game to Perth, not a C game that wasn’t good enough. – LISA ALEXANDER
The Australians couldn’t have asked for a better start after they led by six goals at quarter-time, despite an inexperienced starting seven in the last match on Sunday night.
However, injuries and the loss of a few key players took their toll on the team.
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said they were disappointed with the loss.
“At the end of the day, we’re absolutely devastated we’ve lost this game,” she said.
“We have to pick ourselves up and bring our A game to Perth, not a C game that wasn’t good enough today.”
St Clair’s Paige Hadley had some big shoes to fill during the Constellation Cup this year, taking over the WA patch from champion Kim Green, who retired from international netball.
Hadley helped lead the Diamonds’ attack to the two wins, playing the full games, however sat on the bench for the majority of the last game, with Gretel Tippet making her Australian debut at wing.
Hadley told her social media followers the Diamonds would fight back.
“Tough loss yesterday … but en route to Perth to make our redemption! Absolutely love playing on home soil.”
The final game of the Constellation Cup will be played at Perth Arena at 9.45pm local time.
A New Zealand win in Perth means the series will finish at 2-2 and the trophy holder will be decided on goal percentage.
Paige Hadley in action during Australia’s win against the Silver Ferns in Christchurch.