Diamonds undone by own system
DIAMONDS coach Lisa Alexander has blamed Super Netball’s import policy for giving England the impetus for their stunning Commonwealth Games triumph.
Australia were beaten 52-51 in a dramatic final yesterday, which England clinched through a Joanne Harten penalty shot in the very last second.
Harten was one of five players from England’s starting seven who currently ply their trade in Australia’s competition, while one other, Eboni Beckford Chambers (pictured), has done previously.
Alexander said it was clear they were getting a leg-up.
“I can’t say it any other way – I’m the national coach and this has clearly assisted them to win this gold medal,” Alexander said after the defeat at Coomera.
“That’s our high performance system working for another country.
“I don’t get it. I don’t get to make that decision.
“I have said this all along, that the danger is that we’re putting money into another country’s high-performance outcomes.
“We get judged on gold medals. Clearly, the AIS and everyone is not going to be happy with this.”
Australia broke away from their trans-Tasman arrangement with New Zealand last year, with three new teams established to make an eight-team competition.
New Zealanders are permitted to play in Super Netball but are barred from representing the Silver Ferns if they do so.
Alexander acknowledged there was an argument that the competition was helping lift the global standard of the sport.
“But that doesn’t help me in my job as a national coach,” she said.
“It’s tough. We still should have been able to win today.