DREAM CLOSE TO BECOMING REALITY FOR AUSTRALIA`S 21/U TEAM MEMBERS

All the sacrifices made over the past two years will be worth it for Maddy Proud and her teammates if Australia can win the gold medal in the Final of the World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow this weekend.

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 Photo: Courtesy of Tom Roberts.

Australia are taking on arch rivals New Zealand for the gold medal in the tournament decider on Sunday morning (1.45am AEST).

She said the team had achieved one of its pre-tournament goals by reaching the Final.

“It’s what we’ve been dreaming of these last few years,” Proud said.

“We’ll be prepared to go in and give it everything we’ve got and hopefully come away with that gold medal.”

Australia booked its place after beating England 67-33 in the Semi-Final and Proud declared her team could still improve ahead of its showdown against its Trans Tasman rivals.

“We’re always aiming to improve each game,” Proud said after the win earlier today (AEST).

“I think we improved on what we’ve been doing and hopefully we’ll improve that little bit tomorrow (against New Zealand).

“The girls put out a great effort.”

Proud said it was a clinical performance by Australia against the English.

“It was all about the process,” she said. “Just doing the basics, getting the ball down the court, hoping the goalers got ball in the ring.

“We were happy to be out there and take it step by step. So (I’m) very happy (to win) and proud of the girls.”

New Zealand was made to work hard for its 53-44 Semi-Final victory by Jamaica, who stayed with their opponents for most of the game and actually led by a goal heading into the final quarter before being overrun.