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Netball - 14. October 2009.

Australian Diamonds (55) defeat England (44)


 

The Australian Diamonds have defeated England 55-44 in an encouraging display in Bath this morning.

 

Coming off the altered format of the game at the World Netball Series in Manchester the Diamonds showed poise and skill to overrun the English by 11-goals.

 

The Diamonds will now travel to Jamaica to take on the Sunshine Girls in Kingston on October 17 and 18.

 

For full match report of Diamonds v England click here

 

Australian Diamonds shooting statistics

 

Susan Pratley 27/32 @ 84%

Sharelle McMahon 28/35 @ 80%

 

Player of the match – Sharelle McMahon

 

Quotes

 

Diamond coach Norma Plummer

 

·        “It certainly was nice to come away with a win coming off the Test matches in New Zealand and Australia and then the World Netball Series.  It was a bit of a tired game from both teams really.”

·        “Neither team looked really fresh but we got the win, the girls worked extremely hard and their defensive game was fantastic especially in the second half. We were five down at one stage and we brought that back to take the lead by half-time.”

·        “I thought (Susan) Pratley and (Sharelle) McMahon’s work in the circle together was fantastic and Kim Green worked tirelessly on the outside. Bec Bulley came on at half-time because Mo’onia is only coming back from the ankle injury so we thought we’d only get a couple of quarters out of her. Bulley did a really good job she cut down Pamela Cookey (English goal attack). Cookey didn’t put many goals up after that so she did a fantastic job.”

·        “(Going to Jamaica) It’s not about improving on anything at the moment, our game is fairly solid and we’ve got the options and we will need to use the options when we are in Jamaica. It’ll be really hot there compared to here and that’ll just zap the energy from the players. We’ll have to use our bench wisely to get across the line because Jamaica will be quite fresh compared to us.”

Diamond captain Sharelle McMahon

 

·         “We started slowly and England got a bit of a jump on us in the first quarter. We ended up finishing a few goals down at quarter-time then they stepped out in the second quarter, so I think we were down by five at one stage in the second quarter.”

·         “We fought back really well in that second quarter and ended up going into half-time two-goals up which was great.”

·         “We held that lead through the third-quarter and put our foot down again in the final quarter which for us is really nice because often we get a lead and don’t really go on with it. So it was really good that we got in front and in the last quarter took it away from them.”

·         “It was great to get back on court, in the World Netball Series Mo’onia and I would warm up with the team then go back into the stands to watch so it was definitely good to be back in with the group and out on court again.”

·         “We have a pretty long trip ahead of us now heading over to Kingston and then only about a week in Jamaica, so things will be moving pretty quickly for us.”

·         “I thought by the end of that match we had a really nice flow and a good understanding between the players on court, so hopefully we can build on that against Jamaica.”

Diamonds starting positions:

 

GS - Susan Pratley

GA - Sharelle McMahon (Captain)

WA - Kimberlee Green

C - Natalie von Bertouch (Vice Captain)

WD - Renae Hallinan

GD - Mo`onia Gerrard

GK - Bianca Chatfield

Kate Beveridge

Rebecca Bulley

Susan Fuhrmann

Natalie Medhurst

Lauren Nourse

 

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