Connections key to second test

 

Date: Monday 22 January
Venue: Copper Box Arena, London
Time: 7.45pm GMT centre pass
Watch: Live on 9Gem, 9Now and the Netball Live App from 6.30am AEDT Tuesday 23 January
Replay: Telstra TV, the Netball Live App, 9Now

If round one is anything to go by, the Netball Quad Series is heating up as anyone’s game.

The Diamonds narrowly beat South Africa in their closest encounter yet, whilst England beat New Zealand in a thriller in extra time.

Next up, Australia face England, who have the home court advantage and will be buzzing after their seven-goal victory over the Ferns.

To combat the loud crowd, maintaining strong connections on court will be key for the Diamonds. Alexander isn’t afraid to change up combinations, calling on the versatility of the team. These were seamless in game one and she will expect the same for the second outing.

Watch out for GIANTS Netball’s Serena Guthrie in centre for England. A vocal member of the English team, she recorded seven deflections and three intercepts against New Zealand, as well as 19 feeds into the circle.

Whoever wears the centre bib for Australia, whether that be Kim Ravaillion, Kate Moloney or Liz Watson, will need to provide strong leads in attack to combat Guthrie’s defensive style.

TEST TWO TEAM

Caitlin Bassett
April Brandley
Courtney Bruce
Emily Mannix
Kate Moloney
Susan Pettitt
Kim Ravaillion
Gabi Simpson
Caitlin Thwaites
Liz Watson
Jo Weston
Stephanie Wood

FROM THE COACH
“We need to remain diligent across the full 60 minutes. Our test against England could very well come down to the wire, as England did in their opener against New Zealand. Our preparation has been about executing the basics with absolute precision, and maintaining strong connections and communication across the court, no matter which combinations are in play.

“I expect absolute commitment from England. They have strong belief, they believe they can win. They showed this resolve against New Zealand in extra time. We are going to have to be ready for a really tight contest. We know that the stadium will be loud, and they will be cheering for our opposition, but we’ll focus on our connections and the green and gold.”

FAST FACTS

  • The two teams last met in the Netball Quad Series Opener on 26 August 2017 in Brisbane, Australia, where Courtney Bruce made her debut and the Diamonds defeated the Roses 54-50.
  • Australian won their opening Netball Quad Series test on Saturday against South Africa 54-50. England won their opening test against New Zealand in extra time 64-57.
  • 17 of the 72 tests between Australia and England have been determined by 5 goals or less.