It was a tough day at the office for the Diamonds according to captain Laura Geitz after the Australians retained the Constellation Cup on a bittersweet night at Perth Arena on Friday.
A Western Australian attendance record of 12,845 saw the Diamonds cling onto the Constellation Cup title with their fingertips after the Silver Ferns came two goals shy of overcoming a 13-goal series deficit.
The 58-47 victory for the Silver Ferns in the fourth and final Test of the year to level the series 2-2 was not enough to wrestle away the title from Australian shores.
“We just didn’t deserve to win that game tonight,” Geitz said. “We played nowhere near the standard we normally put out on court.
“There were things that didn’t go our way and all of a sudden we were down by ten goals. It was just a really tough night at the office.
“Nothing seemed to go our way and the harder you tried at times the more you get whistled, it was just really frustrating netball.”
Despite the second defeat in as many games to finish the year, coach Lisa Alexander, who celebrated her 50th Test in charge of the Diamonds, was pragmatic about the result.
“We create our own destiny as a team and we did not play well enough, we didn’t adjust and it’s as simple as that,” Alexander said.
“You are going to lose games and that’s sport.”
The Diamonds signed off on 2015 as Netball World Cup gold medallists, Constellation Cup winners and world number one.
A feat not lost on Geitz as the players welcome a well deserved off-season.
“It’s been a massive year and it’s time to have the off-season,” Geitz said.
“I think all the girls are looking forward to being at home for a while and not living out of a suitcase, being at airport or travelling. It takes it out of you emotionally and physically.
“At the end there when we did the huddle with the Kiwis we did three cheers to the off-season and every face, whether it was dressed in gold or black, had a look of relief that we’re done and dusted for a little bit.”