Tip­pett steps up in Di­a­monds win

Sunshine Coast Daily - - SPORT -

Gre­tel Tip­pett stood tallest in the ab­sence of cap­tain Caitlin Bas­sett as a rusty Aus­tralia beat South Africa 62-45 in the open­ing Quad Se­ries Test in Liver­pool.

The world cham­pi­ons trailed the fifth-ranked Proteas 16-11 after a hap­haz­ard first quar­ter but grad­u­ally found their feet at Echo Arena, the venue for this year’s World Cup.

They did it without world­class goal shooter Bas­sett, who suf­fered a frac­tured fore­arm dur­ing a warm-up match in Manch­ester on Thurs­day.

Tip­pett was an im­por­tant con­stant through­out at goal at­tack, and named player of the match after land­ing 30 of 32 shots.

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