The Australian Diamonds have recorded their highest ever
score against the New Zealand Silver Ferns with a 68-48 victory in Sydney on
The Diamonds remain undefeated after three Tests in the Netball
Quad-Series with the 20-goal win - Australia’s largest victory over the Silver
Ferns since 20 June 2000, in front of 13,640 fans.
The Diamonds made two changes to the line up that started
against South Africa on Wednesday in Newcastle with Bianca Chatfield returning
to the seven at goal keeper while Madison Browne got the nod at wing attack.
Australia outscored New Zealand 12 goals to three mid-way
through the first quarter which saw them race out to a 19-9 lead at
quarter-time, the first time they’ve led at the quarter-time break against the
Silver Ferns under coach Lisa Alexander’s tenure.
The hosts couldn’t have dreamt a better start with
Chatfield and Rebecca Bulley dominating the defensive circle against Catherine
Latu, who got the start alongside Maria Tutaia, with five interceptions
interrupting the Silver Ferns in attack.
The news wasn’t all good for the Diamonds with captain
Natalie von Bertouch assisted from the court with a rolled left ankle with two
minutes left in the first quarter. Kimberlee Green was brought off the bench to
centre. The extent of von Bertouch’s injury won’t be determined until tomorrow
The Silver Ferns made two changes at quarter-time with
Casey Williams introduced for Leana de Bruin at goal defence to shut down
Catherine Cox and Susan Pratley, who were 19 from 20 attempts at the first 15
minutes, while Latu made way for Irene van Dyk.
The Diamonds brought up their 5000th goal against New
Zealand in the second quarter as the Australians pulled a further two goals
ahead as the physicality increased in the home side’s attacking circle to lead
35-23 at half-time.
Despite a flawless second half from Silver Ferns Irene
van Dyk, with 12 from 12 and 10 from 10 in the third and fourth quarters
respectively, and five deflections in defence from Casey Williams, the visitors
battled to get back into the game.
Leading by 14 goals heading into the fourth quarter, Cox
made way for WAIS athlete Caitlin Bassett at goal shooter while Renae Hallinan
was introduced at centre for Kim Green and Mo’onia Gerrard took on the wing
Despite the changes, the Diamonds were seamless and
confident in attack as they continued to apply the pressure across the court to
win by 20 goals and eclipse the previous highest score, set in 1992, by one
Madison Browne was named MVP.
- Netball Australia