Happy but not content. That’s the message from Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander following Australia’s much improved performance against England on Tuesday night.
The Diamonds bounced back from their defeat to New Zealand with an 10-goal victory to kick start the Qualification Round, which will also includes matches against South Africa and Wales on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
“Still not a perfect performance but much better,” Alexander said following the match.
“The effort was there, we talked about bringing our attitude tonight out on court and I think you saw that from the first whistle, the defensive pressure was amazing to see, it wasn’t quite there the whole game.
“I thought they were terrific tonight the way all seven of them defended.”
After Alexander made just one change to the starting seven with Julie Corletto, who celebrated her 50th Test appearance for Australia, at goal defence, the Diamonds hit the court with the speed, intensity and precision missing on Sunday.
The performance followed “honest words” from Alexander during a day of soul searching and analysis on Monday after the five-goal loss to the Silver Ferns.
“I’m not really one for harsh words but I am for honest words and we did have a look at some film. I probably did a little bit more honest assessment in front of the whole group and it was needed,” Alexander said.
“They all stood up tonight and did a magnificent job as a result of that.
“I think they were kicking themselves to see the sort of things they didn’t do against New Zealand that they know they need to do that’s our trademark. To see it much more evident for most of the game tonight was terrific.”
The Diamonds extended their advantage at every break against an England side desperate to heap further hurt on the Australians.
Despite the result, Alexander still saw plenty of room for improvement ahead of South Africa.
“Getting rid of the silly errors and poor decision making at crucial times,” Alexander said of the areas that need attention.
“We need to just finish it off and just not get caught up in the fight in the circle and just play the game.”
The Australian Diamonds take on South Africa on Wednesday night at 8.20pm, local time, on day six of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 will be broadcast in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Network TEN and via the Netball Live app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Check your local guides for match details.