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Diamonds Shine In Final Game

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Source: Tom Griffiths, The SportingJournal

The Australian Diamonds have finished the 2012 Constellation Cup on a high, after a gutsy 6 point win over the New Zealand Silver Ferns in Christchurch. The New Zealand Silver Ferns claimed the Constellation Cup however, winning the first two games of the series to secure the victory.

Both teams were without one of their star players for the game; the Diamonds without defender Julie Corletto, who opted to have an arthroscopy on her knee on Saturday, and the Silver Ferns without attacker Maria Tutaia, who did not play due to a knee injury.

The Diamonds opted for the same team that saw out last game, with experienced campaigners Catherine Cox, Mo’onia Gerrard and Captain, Natalie von Bertouch, not making an appearance in the game today. Young guns Caitlin Bassett, Madison Browne, Kimberlee Green and Renae Hallinan were all given the start in reward for their gallant efforts from the last game, where they overcame a 12 point deficit to lose by just one point.

The first quarter started strong for Australia, being up by 2 until the Silver Ferns got a 5 goal run and led at the end of the quarter, 20-15.

One change was made for the second quarter, with Bianca Chatfield making way for Rebecca Bulley in goal defence for the Diamonds.

This proved to be the turning point for the Diamonds, scoring 7 goals in a row to lead for the first time this series at a break, going into half time 32-28.

The third quarter saw the injection of Anna Harrison into the game in goal defence, and saw the introduction of the ‘Harrison Hoist’ or the ‘chair-lift’ to international netball. The Harrison Hoist was attempted many times during the match, however was only successfully completed once.

The Diamonds managed to extend their lead in the third quarter, leading 47-35 at three-quarter-time, creating a wealth of work for the Silver Ferns if they were to take a clean sweep of the series.

Two changes were made to the Silver Ferns for the last quarter, with Leana de Bruin returning to the game in goal keeper, and Catherine Latu replacing Irene van Dyk in goal shooter.

The quarter started goal for goal, with no team getting a clear flow. Some smart play from New Zealand saw them reclaim a few goals from Australia, but not enough to claim the win, as the Diamonds took the victory, 59-53.

Natalie Medhurst was awarded player of the match, missing only one goal for the game, whilst defenders dominated the stats sheet, with Laura Geitz getting 3 intercepts and 6 deflections for the game, Renae Hallinan getting 2 intercepts and 4 deflections and Rebecca Bulley getting 4 deflections in the teams win.

The two teams will now head home to recover before the Quad Series between Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa begin in October.

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