Acting Australian Diamonds Captain Kimberlee Green helped the green and gold to a convincing victory over England in her first game at the helm.
After a narrow escape against England in the Commonwealth Games, Australia showed how dominant they can be with a 55-37 win in the pair’s first of two Test matches.
The Aussies were on top from the first whistle, forcing two held balls early. An intercept from Julie Corletto followed by a defensive rebound from Sharni Layton allowed the Australians to go ahead 14-6 in the final two minutes. Their speed in transition was too great for England to keep up, pushing the lead out to 18-6 at the end of the first quarter.
England scored the first two goals of the second quarter but the Australian juggernaut could not be stopped. Rachel Dunn was brought on at GA to replace Nadeen Corbin and the taller shooter managed to add 4/4. The visitors could not match the pace of the Diamonds however it was a scrappy term and the margin was unchanged at the long break, the Australians leading by 12, 29-17.
England came out firing in the third quarter. The margin closed to nine goals early in the term but the Diamonds held tough, persevering with their pressure defence to win back the ball and forge further ahead, 41-29 at the final break.
Acting Captain Kimberlee Green took the court in the final quarter, replacing fellow NSW junior Kimberley Ravaillion at C, with Swifts teammate and Bendigo homegrown hero Caitlin Thwaites entering the fray at GS. The fresh legs, with Rebecca Bulley also replacing Julie Corletto at GD, picked up where their teammates had left off.
Sharni Layton continued to be a menace for the England side, picking up three intercepts and four deflections in the final quarter alone, helping the side out to the final 18-goal margin.