The Fastnet Diamonds lost the semi-final to England 27-17, before
finishing the tournament on a positive note with a 32-24 win over
Jamaica in the bronze medal match.
Semi-Final: England (27) defeated Australian FastNet Diamonds (17)
England's dominance in the power play quarter put the game out of reach
for the FastNet Diamonds as the hosts secured their berth in the final.
Both sides opted for the power play in the third quarter and England
outscored the Australians 10-4 to extend their four goal halftime lead
into 10 heading into the final quarter. The previously unbeaten
Australians started the semi-final well, with scores level at 5-5 at the
end of the first quarter. Both Susan Pratley and her England
counterpart Joanne Harten found their range early. But the Australians
could do little as the experienced England side took control of the
shortened game with tight defence to limit the FastNet Diamonds'
opportunity to score.
Australia v England
Bronze Medal: Australian FastNet Diamonds (32) defeated Jamaica (24)
The Australian FastNet Diamonds avenged last year's defeat to Jamaica in
a rematch of last year's bronze medal match. The Australians'
performance in attack was too much for Jamaica as the FastNet Diamonds
claimed the bronze medal and ensured a positive finish to the World
Netball Series campaign. The FastNet Diamonds led at every break of the
match courtesy of sharp shooting from Pratley and Carla Dziwoki while
the defenders contained the dangerous Jhanielle Fowler at the other end
of the court. Both sides broke from tradition by not using the power
play in the third quarter, instead saving it until the last as the
Jamaicans tried to bridge the eight goal margin to no avail.
Australia v Jamaica
The bronze medal equals Australia's best result at the World Netball
Series after having finished third in 2009 and fourth in 2010. England
were crowd 2011 World Netball Series champions after defeating New
Zealand 33-26 in the gold medal match.
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