Australia will play-off for Gold after a 51-45 Semi-final win over England at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on Tuesday.
World champions, the Australian Diamonds, ran out an intense three quarter challenge from the 2006 Bronze mediallists England to record a 51-45 victory to be the first team through to the Gold medal match on Thursday.
A goal-for-goal first ten minutes was broken by a stunning intercept from Australian goal defence Mo'onia Gerrard (AUS) but a smothering steal from goal keeper Geva Mentor (ENG) saw England bounce back to level the score at 12-all, with centre pass possession, heading into the second quarter.
Defence from both camps continued to dictate play, Mentor (ENG) was at her very best early against Australia's captain and goal shooter Sharelle McMahon (AUS), and fast England transition off nine Diamond turnovers (to England's three) saw the underdogs score a 23-21 half-time lead.
Goalkeeper Laura Geitz (AUS) won a first half-battle against England goal shooter Jo Harten (ENG), who was benched in favour of Louisa Brownfield (ENG), and continued to dominate the third quarter to send Australia into the final period with a 35-34 advantage.
Harten (ENG) re-entered play, Mentor (ENG) was dragged, and Australian coach Norma Plummer turned to replacement wing attack Lauren NOURSE (AUS) to inject energy into a weary Diamonds attack. The substitutions served to turn Australia's one goal lead into a memorable six goal win, and book the Diamonds a place in Thursday's gold medal match against either New Zealand or Jamaica.
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