Layton: ‘I’m really proud’

Captain Sharni Layton says she is proud of the Australian Diamonds’ fight-back in their 47-46 win against the England Roses in the final game of the Netball Quad Series.

“I’m really proud of all of the girls and how they handled themselves and how we played over the Quad Series,” Layton said.

“To have such a tight game, to be down at three quarter time and to fight back and come out with a win, it is an amazing feeling.

“The fact that we were able to keep our composure and get a one goal win under pressure, with how well England played and the crowd they had behind them, I’m extremely proud.”

The Diamonds will return to Australia following the three-Test series in South Africa and England with the Netball Quad Series trophy in tow.

Layton, also returning home with an unbeaten record as captain, said she was pleased with how the youngsters in the group stepped up over the series in the absence of Caitlin Bassett, Madi Robinson and Nat Medhurst.

“We said from the start that this Quad Series was not only setting the tone for this year but for us as a team and a squad moving forward.

“The fact that the other girls were able to step up, shows our depth and how hard girls are going to be fighting to stay in the team and to be a part of this team in such an exciting period moving forward.”

Despite the Diamonds’ 3-0 clean sweep of the series, Layton said the group would be wary of their opponents to continue to improve.

“New Zealand, South Africa and England fighting back shows that everyone is after us and we can’t be complacent otherwise that’s when things can start to go wrong,” Layton said.

“We need to be proactive and keep pushing ourselves to be better and take our game to a whole new level so we can stay on top.”

The four nations will meet in the next instalment of the bi-annual Quad Series when it returns to Australian and New Zealand shores later this year.

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