Australia silenced the insane English crowd, defeated England and advanced to the netball final of the Commonwealth Games.
Diamond was elbowed in a vicious clash that left him bruised at the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Birmingham.
Australia won 60-51 in a match that threatened to boil at times.
Physicality was evident early in the match when England’s Leila Gascos slammed into the goalpost and eventually broke it.
The match was postponed for a few minutes and players were asked to leave the floor as officials exchanged the entire pole.
With the score at 3-3, Guscoth had a failed interception attempt that forced him to straddle the post with one foot on either side.
“She literally straddles and lowers her body,” said former Diamond Kath Cox.
‘I never saw it in a game’
Commentator Sue Gaudion also said: I didn’t expect to pause at 3-all to fix the goalposts. Unbelievable. ”
Guscoth stood up with a shy smile and returned to his team’s bench.
When the new pole was finally brought out onto the court, Guscoth had to help the struggling officials push it up and help put it up again.
A few minutes later the drama continued when Australia’s Joanna Weston was shirted by England’s Joan Harten.
“There is no love lost between these two sides,” said Cox.
“Look at this. The young and old are on here. Joe Harten went out to challenge Weston but she doesn’t like what she sees and is stepping down here.” If the referee who doesn’t have a side doesn’t stay on top of it, it will just escalate.
The Diamonds will face Jamaica, the team that beat them in the group stage, in the final on Monday morning (AEST).
The win came on the back of a perfect start by the Diamonds, leading 15-12 at quarter time and starting to take the heat off the crowd. Australia had an 11-point lead in the third quarter, but the crowd went wild when he cut the gap to six goals in six minutes of home play.
It took a valiant effort to finish the game in these conditions, and that’s exactly what the Diamonds brought to coach Stacey Marinkovic.
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Commonwealth Games 2022: Australia v England netball result, diamond in final, Leila Gascos beats goal pole
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