UP THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS.
Australia has won the 2015 Netball World Cup in a 58-55 defeat of New Zealand.
The Diamonds absolutely sparkled in a textbook-perfect match against the Silver Ferns in Sydney this afternoon, securing their 11th Netball World Cup title of the competition’s 14 tournaments since 1963.
Australia’s win today defends the championship held since 2007: now matching our longest-running series of consecutive victories at the NWC – in our 1991, 1995 and 1999 triple champ streak.
Following Australia’s 52 – 47 loss to New Zealand in the competition last Saturday, beating the undefeated Silver Ferns was far from guaranteed from the outset; the Diamonds knock-out performance from the first whistle, however, firmly put the gold medal in the bag – despite the Kiwis’ admirably fierce competition.
While pro netball tends to be any side’s game up until the very last moments, Australia maintained a constant lead throughout the game, as gun shooters Caitlin Bassett and Natalie Medhurst were relentless at Australia’s end.
Laura Geitz and Julie Corletto held up an iron-clad defense that ultimately proved unbreakable for NZ shooters Maria Tutaia and Bailey Mes.
The 2015 Netball World Cup Final at a glance:
1st Quarter: Aus 16 – NZ 7
Half time: Aus 30 – NZ 22
3rd Quarter: Aus 43 – NZ 37
Full time: Aus 58 – NZ 55
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