Australian captain Maddy Proud declares her team still has some work to do on its consistency as the World Youth Netball Championships enters the business end of the tournament.


Photo: Courtesy of Tom Roberts.

The Australians will take on a fired up England in the first of the Semi-Finals in Glasgow tomorrow morning (3am AEST), which will be followed by the New Zealand-Jamaica clash (5am AEST).

The two winners will face off for the Gold Medal on Sunday morning (1.45am AEST).

Australia marched into the Semi-Final after beating Barbados 79-14 in the Quarter Finals, but Proud said the team knows they’ve got to improve if they are to advance past England and into the decider.

“Obviously there’s still little things we need to improve on, but excited,” Proud said after their win.

“Each game we’re getting that bit better, getting that more consistency (into our games) and getting four quarters out there.

“Each game we’re stepping up that little bit extra so hopefully that will happen tomorrow (against England) and then hopefully in the Grand Final.”
Australia has played England six times in World Youth Netball Championship history, winning every encounter. At the 2009 tournament in the Cook Islands, Australia triumphed 63-42 in the Semi-Finals.

England is sweating on the fitness of Rachel Shaw and Sophia Candappa, both who were forced off the court in its Quarter Final win over South Africa with injury.

Captain Natalie Haythornwaite said her side is excited about the prospect of taking on the defending champions.

“Very happy with the fact that we’re into the semis,” she said. “That’s what we came here to do and I can’t wait to face Australia. Just bring it.”