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Australia beat England to win Quad Series as Roses ‘lost steam’ | netball

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“We just ran out of steam,” England head coach Jess Thirlby said as Australia beat the Roses 58-46 in the Quad Series final, wasting their chance of a maiden title . “It’s okay if it hurts,” she added.

It was a 60 minute game but it only took the last 15 for the Diamonds to break England’s hearts. equipment leaving England stuttering in second.

Both teams picked up exactly where they left off and when the Diamonds looked set to quickly take ownership of the game, England stepped in. Bodies collided as practice squads clashed, blow for blow with warnings doled out liberally. Ripping relentlessly for turnover, it was the Roses who looked the strongest; Eleanor Cardwell and Layla Guscoth winning their respective clashes to put England ahead.

When Sarah Klau entered the fray for Australia in the second quarter, England’s attack turned to treacle. Holding their ground, however, the Roses negotiated the impending pressure, frustrating the visitors in their refusal to fold. The score at half-time allowed England to lead Australia 27-25.

There was renewed interest from the Diamonds in the second half, who performed the kind of netball that shaped their formidable reputation: hard, accurate and remorseless.

After quickly losing their lead in the final quarter, England’s conviction turned to panic. With eight minutes to go and four goals down, Thirlby rolled the dice but his substitutions did little in the face of the growing Australian surge. Errant passes and capricious shots for the Roses delighted player of the match, and player of the series, Gretel Bueta who punished the Roses by shooting 98%. Australia beamed as they exploded the quarter 18-5, sealing England’s fate and their sixth Quad Series crown.

“When it comes to being on top with the best teams in the world, you have to be able to take wins and losses on the chin,” said Thirlby, whose focus now turns to defending the Games. of the Commonwealth this summer which feature a vengeful Australian team. Optimistic, there was a lot to learn. Thirlby said: “Although it hurts now, it won’t hurt us.”

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