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Netball World Cup 2015-Aussies set-up 2011 Gold Medal re-match

Netball World Cup 2015-Aussies set-up 2011 Gold Medal re-match

World Number One and defending Champions, Australia, are through to the NWC2015 Gold Medal match after defeating the fourth ranked Jamaican Sunshine Girls in an impressive 67-56 show down in front of a world record netball crowd of 16,244.

Australian top goal scorer Caitlin Basset (49/52) put the first point on the scoreboard however Jamaican shooter Romelda Aiken (33/36) quick to reply with the two dominating attackers showing consistency in their own circles for all four quarters.

Vice-captain Kimberley Green came out firing for the Diamonds and was instrumental in the midcourt, directing play with her speed and agility. Green and Natalie Medhurst in attack provided movement and space for Basset in the circle, allowing Australia to take the first quarter 17-15, Basset and Medhurst on 100% shooting accuracy.

No substitutions were made at the start of the second quarter and Australia fired out of the blocks, putting three quick points on the board before Jamaica had a chance to retaliate.

Sunshine centre, Paula Thompson, was replaced by Nicole Dixon early in the quarter due to injury, which saw a number of interchanges in the Jamaican team. Australian skipper, Laura Geitz, limited Jamaican shooter and fellow Queensland Firebird teammate, Aiken, to eight goals for the quarter and the Diamonds surged ahead to lead 30-22 at half time, Basset still on a perfect scoring streak.

The fourth ranked Americas nation came out hard in the second half, Thompson back in centre, determined to give the favourites a run for their money. Goal attack, Shanice Beckford, an asset for the Sunshine Girls with the most centre passes received and goal assist for the quarter.

Green called injury time mid-quarter, but it didn’t break Jamaica’s new-found momentum as they dominated the quarter 16-14 and Australia headed into the final term just seven goals in front at 49-42.

Sharni Layton stepped in for Geitz in defence for the fourth quarter and an early injury saw Kadie-Ann Dehaney moving to the bench as Jhaniele Fowler-Reid stepped into the attacking circle, and Jamaica’s top scorer, Aiken, moved to defence to hold out Basset and Medhurst.

These substitutions had little effect on Australia, as they regained composure after a shaky third quarter and surged through the final quarter in front of a roaring crowd to score 18 goals to Jamaica’s 14 and take the 67-56 victory.

“It gives you confidence when you’re playing well and combing well… and for us, it’s going to step up another notch tomorrow,” said Natalie Medhurst after the game.

The Diamonds will take on the tournament’s undefeated New Zealand Silver Ferns tomorrow for a 2011 World Cup Gold Medal repeat.

Posted on 2015-08-15 13:00:17
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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