Diamonds ready for Quad Series decider

Date: Sunday 5 February
Time: 1.06pm centre pass UTC
Venue: The SSE Arena, Wembley
Broadcast: 9Gem from 11.50pm AEDT Sunday 5 February

The Quad Series will be decided at Wembley, where the Diamonds face the English Roses on Sunday.

Should the Diamonds win, they will retain the Quad Series title. A loss will mean fans must wait for the result of the New Zealand versus South Africa game, to be played immediately following the Diamonds’ final Test.

The Australians will be looking to finish their tour on a strong note, after being slightly dissatisfied with elements of their performance against South Africa. It will be the final Diamonds Test match until the second half of the year, with Suncorp Super Netball to commence on 18 February.

The last time they met in the Australian leg of the 2016 Quad Series, the Diamonds were victorious over the Roses 66 to 44. They hold a positive record against the Roses in England, winning 28 of 32 Tests on English soil.

The Roses have named former Australian midcourter Chelsea Pitman in their team. Pitman played 15 Tests for the Diamonds, including the 2011 Netball World Cup, however due to her father’s heritage was eligible to represent England in this Series. Look out for the matchup between Pitman and Gabi Simpson. Though Pitman has knowledge of the Australian style of play, Simpson marks a new generation of Diamonds and will do everything possible to shut Pitman down.

Tune in to watch the final Quad Series test on 9Gem or 9Now from 11.50pm AEDT on Sunday 5 February. The replay will be available on 9Now.

From the coach:

We can except England to be a lot harder at the ball after their Test against New Zealand. They will come out with a different attitude on Sunday, they have nothing to lose. We know that the crowd will be a factor and we will need to ensure we shut the crowd out and not get too distracted.

“The pressure is not on them, it is on us. We were a little disappointed with our performance in South Africa and we need to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We need to make sure we stick to our basics, really getting that ball speed moving and that hard one-on-one with consistency over 60 minutes. If we do that then the result will take care of itself.”

Fast facts:

  • If Australia lose to England, New Zealand must beat South Africa by a margin of approximately 6 goals (dependent on margin of Australia v England game) to take the Quad Series title off the Australians.
  • Australia has an average winning margin of 15 goals against England.
  • Australia last played England in England in January 2016, winning 55 – 41

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