Hadley helps lift Di­a­monds to big vic­tory

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

ST CLAIR’S Paige Hadley and the rest of the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds have re­turned home as cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing the Eng­land Roses in Lon­don last week.

The team se­cured a 3-0 se­ries win over the English side, ce­ment­ing its world No.1 sta­tus.

Hadley said the team was de­ter­mined to claim vic­tory.

“Af­ter los­ing three years ago, we were def­i­nitely chas­ing the win,” Hadley said.

“I was re­ally happy with how I played. In the Aus­tralian games, you just need to take the op­por­tu­ni­ties as they come.

“I fin­ished off the third game with a full game, so I was re­ally happy with that.”

Di­a­monds coach Lisa Alexan­der said get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence for young play­ers, such as Hadley, was a key fo­cus dur­ing the se­ries.

With train­ing for the NSW Swifts start­ing this week, Hadley said she was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into the red and blue.

“I’ll have the next few days off, and then get back into it – there is no rest for the wicked,” Hadley said.

The Swifts will play their first game of the sea­son against the Mel­bourne Vix­ens at Syd­ney Olympic Park on Sun­day, April 3.

Paige Hadley.

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