The Silver Ferns held their nerve to beat the Diamonds in the third Test of the Constellation Cup series. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
New Zealand has snatched a dramatic one-goal victory over Australia within the third Check of the Constellation Cup in Sydney to take a 2-1 sequence lead over the Diamonds.
- Sport one, Christchurch: NZ 53, Australia 52
- Sport two, Auckland: Australia 48, NZ 42
- Sport three, Sydney: NZ 54, Australia 53
- Sport 4, Perth — October 27
In a basic encounter, that noticed a sequence of momentum switches for either side, the Silver Ferns assured themselves at the least a share of the sequence spoils with one sport to return in Perth subsequent Sunday.
The Australians — who had beaten New Zealand 48-42 on the road in Auckland in game two — jumped out to an early six-goal lead, because of robust capturing from Gretel Tippett and Caitlin Bassett.
The Diamonds produced immense strain in defence and assault, whereas the Silver Ferns struggled to make inroads.
Silver Ferns tweet: A MASSIVE win for us here in Sydney! This is now the 16th match against Australia that has come down to a one-goal margin. MVP: Laura Langman #ConstellationCup
The guests made heavy work of a lot of their attacking strikes, counting on the capturing of Maria Folau to maintain them within the sport.
Nonetheless, New Zealand steadied and closed to a few objectives at quarter-time, down 16-13.
Australia began strongly within the second quarter, leaping to a 19-14 lead, after which extending to 23-17, on the again of fearless quick passing and instinctive attacking.
However the Silver Ferns discovered their ft once more and with Folau proving an excellent shooter beneath the strain NZ clawed it again once more with a run of 5 out of six objectives scored to shut to 23-22.
The momentum swung once more, with Australia pushing the lead out, even after coach Lisa Alexander switched Tippett (13 objectives from 13 makes an attempt) for Tegan Philip in assault.
They led by as a lot as 29-23 earlier than NZ steadied. The final shot of the half went to Bassett, who scored to make it 30-26 on the break.
The Silver Ferns got here out firing within the second half, placing on eight objectives to 1 to cost right into a 34-31 lead.
However the arrival of Caitlin Thwaites steadied Australia in assault. The Diamonds levelled at 34-34, then the groups went objective for objective because the match changed into a standard Australia-New Zealand contest.
Diamonds defender Courtney Bruce (L) had her hands full containing New Zealand goal shooter Maria Folau. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
The Sydney crowd was roaring as Folau and Thwaites stored the scoring coming at both finish.
New Zealand regarded set to go forward at three-quarter-time, however a turnover with lower than 20 seconds left gave Australia one final probability.
A foul on Thwaites gave her a shot after the siren, and he or she scored to offer the Diamonds a naked 43-42 lead on the last change.
New Zealand rapidly regained the lead within the last time period earlier than the Diamonds levelled.
9Netball tweet: The last two minutes of that INCREDIBLE game. WARNING: It’s an emotional rollercoaster. #ConstellationCup @Channel9 #9Netball
Some assured passing from NZ then bought the guests out to a three-goal lead, however Australia answered once more to stage at 48-48.
Philip put the Diamonds forward 51-50 with six minutes left, and Thwaites backed as much as give Australia a two-goal cushion.
However Ameliaranne Ekenasio answered with a objective, after which when Philip missed, the ball got here again to Ekenasio to make it 52-52.
The strain mounted, with errors at both finish — it was nonetheless stage with 1:20 left earlier than Ekanasio gave NZ the lead.
A breaking penalty gave Australia an opportunity, and Thwaites equalised.
Nonetheless Ekanasio (27 objectives from 29 makes an attempt) held her nerve to attain from distance with lower than 20 seconds to go, and as Australia chased the equaliser they turned it over, with the Silver Ferns successful by a solitary objective.
It was a case of opportunities lost as Australia went down by the smallest margin to New Zealand in the third Test. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
Australian Diamonds tweet: Another thriller against the Silver Ferns in Sydney but not the result we were looking for. Game 4 in Perth is going to be huge. #FeelTheRivalry
For Australia, Bassett top-scored with 19 objectives from 21 makes an attempt, Tippett was an ideal 13 from 13, whereas Thwaites completed with 16 objectives from 17 makes an attempt.
“To be honest we shouldn’t be getting ourselves into those [close finish] positions,” Thwaites mentioned.
“Even early on we had the chance to go up by a hell of much more than that [six goals].
“New Zealand are actually unbelievable at … the moments of the sport the place we’re sort of wrestling it.
“So we need to be able to execute in those times.”
Participant of the match Laura Langman was the orchestrator for New Zealand, and her three intercepts within the last quarter helped her facet to the win.
Folau completed with 27 objectives from 31 photographs plus 5 objective assists.
“[It feels] bloody great,” she instructed Channel 9. “We knew that the Diamonds have been going to return out firing.
“It was simply tit for tat for a lot of the second half. [I’m] actually pleased with the hassle of the women however we now have yet one more sport going to Perth and we’ll see how we go.”