The Australian Diamonds have lost the third Test in Kingston this morning, going down to the SunshineGirls 51 – 54.
Despite the loss, the Diamonds can still claim the series, based on IFNA’s rules for determining the result in the event of a tied competition – ie. goal average, goal difference, goals scored.
Coach Norma Plummer said that the Diamonds had their chances.
“I felt that Jamaica played very well and we had every chance. We had several more attempts in the first quarter and kept hitting the post; that was disappointing.”
The Diamonds benefited from having vice-captain Natalie von Bertouch back on court after an injury, but despite her efforts across the centre, Sunshine Girls’ captain Simone Forbes was in great form and caused major headaches for the Australian defenders.
Goal keeper Laura Geitz kept Romelda Aiken relatively quiet in the first quarter but the star shooter had a day out in the second, shooting 12 from 13 attempts.
Plummer made changes at every break but the Diamonds were never able to establish a lead in the game, at one stage fighting back from a 6 goal deficit.
The stage is set for an exciting and competitive World Netball Championships in Singapore in July, with netball’s other powerhouse, the New Zealand Silver Ferns, only just holding out against England to win 42 – 40 in the first Test of their three-Test series in England.
Quotes from Norma Plummer:
“I felt that Jamaica played very well and we had every chance. We had several more attempts in the first quarter and kept hitting the post; that was disappointing.
“We had turnovers that we fought very hard defensively to get and then gave away with bad passing and let Jamaica back in.”
“Kate Beveridge came on and did an excellent job and when Nat Medhurst was on her shooting was good, but our shooting overall in the first half was disappointing and we can’t afford to put up that many more shots when Romelda is shooting at over 90%.
“We got as lot out of the series; Amy Steel came on to WD in the final quarter and did a great job so it was really good to see her out there.”
Quarter by Quarter scores:
Q1: 14 (Aus) 15 (Jam)
Q2: 25 (Aus) 30 (Jam)
Q3: 38 (Aus) 40 (Jam)
Q4: 51 (Aus) 54 (Jam)
Starting 7: GS: Catherine Cox, GA: Sharelle McMahon (Captain), WA: Madison Browne, C: Natalie von
Bertouch, WD: Kimberlee Green, GD: Rebecca Bulley, GK: Laura Geitz.
Cox: 7/13, 3/8 (48%)
McMahon: 8/11, 6/8 (74%)
Beveridge: 8/9, 5/6 (87%)
Medhurst : 5/6, 8/8 (93%)
Q2: Time out change before end of second quarter: Cox off, McMahon to GS, Medhurst on to GA.
Q3: McMahon off, Beveridge on into GS
Q4: Steel on to WD, Nourse to WA
Fourth is no good enough