Silver Ferns overpower Diamonds
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:18p.m.
By Cathy Walshe
A fired-up Silver Ferns exorcised a few demons with their 48-43 win over Australia in the netball quad series finale at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Thursday.
The Diamonds had humiliated New Zealand by 20 goals when the two teams last met in Sydney 11 days ago, and the Kiwis were out for revenge.
They got it, but had to work every step of the way, holding off a late Australian comeback in the closing minutes for the hard-earned win.
Australia still took out the overall quad series title, also contested by South Africa and England, with a vastly superior goal difference.
New Zealand's win was built on a much-improved midcourt effort and some excellent shooting - Irene van Dyk finished with 28 from 33 while Maria Tutaia was also in superb form, shooting 20 from 24.
For Australia, Cath Cox shot 14 from 19 and Susan Pratley 12 from 14, while Caitlin Bassett missed only one of her 14 shots.
In a first quarter characterised by torrid defence from both teams, the Diamonds edged out to a useful 13-9 lead after 15 minutes.
Both sets of shooters missed early on, but the Cox-Pratley combination settled sooner for Australia, splitting the circle well and swinging the Ferns defence from side to side until the gaps opened.
Millie Lees' return to wing attack for New Zealand added an extra dimension on the drive to the circle, but the Diamonds worked hard to disrupt the space in the attacking third, with Renae Hallinan, Bec Bulley and Bianca Chatfield a formidable combination.
Australia started the second quarter impressively, piling on three quickfire goals for a seven-goal lead early in the spell.
But the Silver Ferns stayed focused, captain Casey Williams and Leana de Bruin upping the pressure in the circle on Cox and Pratley while wing defence Kayla Cullen and centre Laura Langman slowed down the Australian ball through court to set up the intercepts.
The New Zealanders roared back into the match, outscoring Australia 8-1 in a five-minute spell to even the score then hold on for a 25-23 halftime lead.
Australian coach Lisa Alexander benched Cox at the break, bringing in Bassett for a more aerial approach into the circle. With five minutes left in the third quarter, Erin Bell came on for Pratley, and the Diamonds worked hard to maintain contact at 32-36 down with 15 minutes remaining.
But Silver Ferns piled on the intensity in a frantic final quarter to fend off the Australian comeback.
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