Australia’s Diamonds ruthlessly cut through England’s Roses to earn sweet, sweet revenge for their painful defeat in the 2018 Commonwealth Games finale.
Australia, who also suffered a shock group stage defeat to Jamaica, bounced back to the final with a 60-51 win over England in the semi-finals at the NEC Exhibition Center on Saturday.
It was a surgical win that built on the brilliance and fluidity of the Diamonds’ move to repeat the quad series finale against England in January in London.
Their win, which silenced the deafening cheers of the local crowd, gave Stacey Marinkovic’s side a chance to get revenge in Sunday’s gold medal game against the Sunshine Girls of Jamaica.
Giving Australia a fifth chance at the Commonwealth crown after being sensationally dethroned by Helen Howsby’s last-minute goal in the 2018 final.
The impact of Housby and her colleagues does not appear to be repeated and is enshrined as one of the greatest moments in British women’s sport. The Australian took command midway through the first quarter and never let go of his Vice-like grip.
Inspired by Gretel Vueta’s brilliance in the shooting circle, Diamond dominated the English defenders with 43 goals in 44 attempts, 3 after the first quarter, 6 at halftime and 9 after the third. I scored a goal.
It was a relentless stranglehold, contrasting with Australia’s rapid ball movement and England’s cumbersome build-up into the net.
Led by captains Liz Watson and Courtney Bruce, Marinkovic’s team, in their 50th cap, all had a great game.
There was a strange stoppage in the opening period at 3-3 when England’s Leila Gascos slammed into the net post on an interception attempt.
Repairs to the post therefore caused a delay in the match, but from that moment on Australia never looked back.
Jamaica had previously maintained excellent form after losing to Australia 57-55 before beating reigning world champions New Zealand 67-51.
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