Diamonds `ready as ever’ for Sunshine Girls

2015 World Netball Cup Allphones Arena Australia v Wales

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said the team is “ready as ever” for the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 semi-final against Jamaica on Saturday at Allphones Arena.

The Diamonds defeated Wales 89-24 in their final round robin match to secure top spot of Pool F and seal a date with Jamaica with a berth in Sunday’s Grand Final on the line.

Seeking a consistent sixty-minute performance heading into the game on Friday night, the Diamonds were at their clinical best with the shooters scoring at 91 per cent while at the other end Laura Geitz and Sharni Layton combined for seven intercepts and nine deflections.

“We’re as ready as ever,” Alexander said.

“I thought the defensive effort tonight was excellent. The hunger and desire is there so it just has to be put out tomorrow.

“(The semi-final) is going to be an enormous game.”

The final hit out against Wales provided the Diamonds with one last opportunity to fine tune ahead of the weekend.

“It was more getting our success habits right for 60 minutes … all the little things that matter when you’re playing finals and tight games,” Alexander said.

2015 World Netball Cup Allphones Arena Australia v Wales“You create your own pace and momentum which is what we were trying to do, move it quickly and try to pick it up when we get a turnover and get on with it which is what we’ve got to do tomorrow.”

Layton, who enjoyed her second consecutive start at goal keeper, was solid in defence alongside Rebecca Bulley as they held Wales to one goal in eleven minutes across the first two quarters.

“We had to step it up as a team tonight,” Layton said.

“We’ve said all week that we want consistency and I think we brought that a little bit more tonight.”

Despite the only player not seeing court time on Friday, Alexander confirmed Corletto “is fine for the weekend” post-game.

Preparations for Jamaica are already underway for the Australians as they ready themselves for a rematch of last year’s 57-42 victory at the Commonwealth Games semi-final.

“We’ve already done quite a bit of preparation on Jamaica because of the quick turnaround tonight,” Alexander said.

“We’ve put some plans in place for shooters Romelda (Aiken) or Jhaniele (Fowler-Reid).

“We’ve got all of that covered.”

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.