The Australian Diamonds have recorded their highest ever score against the New Zealand Silver Ferns with a 68-48 victory at Allphones Arena in Sydney on Sunday.
After losing the Constellation Cup trophy to the Silver Ferns less than a month ago, the Diamonds have hit back with an extraordinary performance in front of 13,640 fans.
The Diamonds were off to a flying start with five intercepts in the Silver Ferns attacking end courtesy of some incredible defensive pressure from Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield and Adelaide Thunderbirds goal defence Rebecca Bulley.
They dominated the defensive circle in the opening quarter against Northern Mystics sharp shooter Catherine Latu, who started alongside her teammate Maria Tutaia, with a 19-9 lead at quarter-time.
Silver Ferns coach Wai Taumaunu was forced to make changes. The introduction of Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic big guns Casey Williams and Irene van Dyk failed to impact the match as the Diamonds continued to push out their lead.
It was the former NSW Swifts partnership from the past of Catherine Cox (West Coast Fever) and Susan Pratley who were near flawless in the attacking line. It was a remarkable game from Pratley who has waited patiently on the sidelines during the Constellation Cup Series; she shot 29 from 31 attempts at 94%.
The news wasn’t all good for the Diamonds with captain and Adelaide Thunderbirds centre Natalie von Bertouch assisted from the court with a rolled left ankle with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Swifts midcourter Kimberlee Green will not travel with the team for the New Zealand leg of the Quad Series as she recovers from a foot injury.
Vixens wing attack Madison Browne was named MVP for the match and will need to continue her impressive form with the recent injury blows to the Australian mid court.
The Diamonds remain undefeated after three Tests in the 2012 Holden Netball Quad-Series with the 20-goal win - Australia’s largest victory over the Silver Ferns since 20 June 2000.
The series now heads to Wellington with matches taking place on Thursday 25th October.
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