Diamonds win series but Silver Ferns victorious in finale

International netball visited Hamilton for the first time in eight years for the final round of the 2012 Holden Netball Test Series.

The Australian Diamonds won the 2012 Holden Netball Quad Series but it was the New Zealand Silver Ferns who took the honours in the final match, 48-43, on Thursday night in Hamilton, NZ.

In the earlier match England defeated South Africa 56-30 to finish the series with two wins, both over the Proteas.

New Zealand 48 defeated Australia 43

It was a thrilling match with both teams going hard for the full 60 minutes with outstanding defence from all players on court as first Australia then New Zealand wrested momentum and the lead.

It was a tense start from both teams with intensity high from the first centre pass. The Kiwis settled first to get away by a couple of goals but some key intercepts from the Diamonds defenders and patience in the attack end gave the Diamonds a 13-9 lead at the first break.

The Australians carried the momentum into the second quarter, scoring the first three goals of the term before the Kiwis mounted a comeback. The Diamonds defenders continued to disrupt the Silver Ferns offence but the Kiwi defenders responded as their pressure caused turnovers and Kiwi GA Maria Tutaia found her range, handing the hosts a 25-23 advantage at halftime.

The defence from the Australians was outstanding all the way down the court in the third quarter but the Silver Ferns were patient as some errors started to creep into the Aussies’ game. The Diamonds trailed 36-32 at the final break.

The Silver Ferns scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to lead by seven goals. The Australians pulled back within four goals however the defence from Silver Ferns GK Leana de Bruin in her 100thTest match (34 for South Africa, 66 for New Zealand) and Casey Williams ensured the Diamonds would get no closer, sealing the four goal win.

De Bruin capped off her 100thTest cap with Player of the Match honours.

England 56 defeated South Africa 30

After a close call against the Proteas in Sydney, England made a better start to race away from South Africa in the opening quarter 17-5.

The Proteas won the second quarter 10-9 but were unable to make much inroad into the margin, trailing 26-15 at halftime.

It was another close tussle in the third quarter as South Africa matched it with the world number three team but England held a commanding lead at the final break, 37-23.

South Africa struggled to get the ball into the goal circle in the final quarter as England’s full court defence paid dividends, extending the margin to reach coach Anna Mayes’ aim of a 25-goal margin.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores

AUS Q1: 13 – Q2: 23 (10) – Q3: 32 (9) – Q4: 43 (9)
NZ Q1: 9 – Q2: 25 (16) – Q3: 36 (11) – Q4: 48 (12)

ENG Q1: 17 – Q2: 26 (9) – Q3: 37 (11) – Q4: 56 (19)
SA Q1: 5 – Q2: 15 (10) – Q3: 23 (8) – Q4: 30 (7)

Shooting Statistics
AUS: 43/54@ 80%
Catherine Cox: 14/19 @ 74%
Susan Pratley: 12/14 @ 86%
Caitlin Bassett: 13/14 @ 93%
Erin Bell: 4/7 @ 57%

NZ: 48/57 @ 84%
Irene van Dyk: 28/33 @ 85%
Maria Tutaia: 20/24 @ 83%

ENG:  56/71 @ 79%
Jo Harten: 35/40 @ 88%
Rebecca Shaw: 4/5 @ 80%
Rosie Allison: 13/19 @ 68%
Rachel Dunn: 4/7 @ 57%

SA: 30/42 @ 71%
Melissa Myburgh: 6/8 @ 75%
Chrisna Bootha: 15/19 @ 79%
Maryka Holtzhausen: 9/15 @ 60%

Teams Starting Positions
GS Catherine Cox (vc)
GA Susan Pratley
WA Madison Browne
C Natalie von Bertouch (c)
WD Renae Hallinan
GD Rebecca Bulley
GK Bianca Chatfield

GS Irene van Dyk
GA Maria Tutaia
WA Camilla Lees
C Laura Langman (vc)
WD Kayla Cullen
GD Casey Williams (c)
GK Leana de Bruin

GS Rosie Allison
GA Jo Harten
WA Sasha Corbin
C Serena Guthrie
WD Sara Bayman (vc)
GD Ama Agbeze
GK Eboni Beckford-Chambers

GS Chrisna Bootha
GA Maryka Holtzhausen
WA Nadia Uys
C Bongiwe Msomi
WD Zanele Mdodana (vc)
GD Amanda Mynhardt (c)
GK Vanes-Mari du Toit

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