The Australians went through the series undefeated with three straight wins to their name to claim the Series; however, their most emphatic coming last night when they defeated old foes the New Zealand Silver Ferns by 19 goals.
For those who missed it, it was a brutal performance from the Diamonds who increased their lead over the Kiwis at every break, with Head Coach Lisa Alexander giving court time to all 12 of her athletes; including GIANTS own Susan Pettitt.
‘Prats’ played the second half at Goal Attack, partnering with her good friend and Australian Captain Caitlin Bassett in the circle. Prats faced three different Goal Defence opponents with Silver Ferns’ Head Coach Janine Southby opting to make a conglomerate of changes throughout the match – a total of 15 in 60 minutes.
However it didn’t seem to disrupt Prats who finished the game with 18 goals at 82 percent accuracy and adding two feeds to her name.
The result also meant that co-hosts England Roses enjoyed their best finish in a Quad Series. Defeating world netball’s bolters – the fast improving South Africa Proteas – the Roses finished the series Runners-Up thanks to their thrilling Extra Time victory against the Silver Ferns in Game 1.
Reigning GIANTS MVP Serena Guthrie continued her formidable form from a standout 2017 season. Featuring in every minute of England’s campaign in the Centre bib, Bob finished the series with an incredible 45 feeds and nine intercepts – solidifying her as a key cog in the Roses’ wheel.
Alexander said the series played an important part in Australia’s GC2018 preparations, as she and the National Selectors now begin discussing who will play for the country and a potential Gold Medal in April.
“Today we achieved what we set out to do, which was that continuous improvement within each game. That’s the challenge I put to the players at the start,” Alexander told Netball Australia after the Quad Series presentations.
“They should be extraordinarily pleased with themselves, they represented our country and netball in Australia with discretion.
“To have won the trophy back with such a definitive performance and also to get everyone out on court at some stage during the test series, as a coach, I can’t ask for much more than that.”
Netball Australia and England Netball will announce their respective Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games teams in due course. Until then, our fingers are crossed that a few GIANTS will feature on the Gold Coast in April.
2018 Netball Quad Series RESULTS
Game 1 | Samsung Diamonds 54 d South Africa Proteas
Caitlin Thwaites: 22/23 @ 96%
Gretel Tippett: 8/9 @ 89%
Caitlin Bassett: 13/14 @ 93%
Susan Pettitt: 11/11 @ 100%
Lenize Potgieter: 34/38 @ 89%
Maryka Holtzhausen: 16/18 @ 89%
Game 1 | England Roses 64 d NZ Silver Ferns 57 (Extra Time)
Kadeen Corbin: 28/33 @ 85%
Helen Housby: 36/42 @ 86%
Bailey Mes: 22/26 @ 85%
Maria Folau: 35/38 @ 92%
Game 2 | Samsung Diamonds 50 d England Roses 46
Caitlin Bassett: 30/31 @ 97%
Stephanie Wood: 14/20 @ 70%
Susan Pettitt: 1/1 @ 100%
Caitlin Thwaites: 5/5 @ 100%
Kadeen Corbin: 12/16 @ 75%
Helen Housby: 33/36 @ 92%
Eleanor Cardwell: 1/2 @ 50%
Game 2 | NZ Silver Ferns 51 d South Africa Proteas 46
Bailey Mes: 8/11 @ 73%
Maria Folau: 23/33 @ 70%
Te Paea Selby-Rickit: 20/25 @ 80%
Lenize Potgieter: 31/36 @ 86%
Maryka Holtzhausen: 15/20 @ 75%
Game 3 | Samsung Diamonds 67 d NZ Silver Ferns 48
Caitlin Bassett: 28/31 @ 90%
Stephanie Wood: 15/20 @ 75%
Susan Pettitt: 18/22 @ 82%
Caitlin Thwaites: 6/10 @ 60%
Bailey Mes: 4/7 @ 57%
Maria Folau: 16/21 @ 76%
Te Paea Selby-Rickit: 28/30 @ 93%