21/02/2024

Gretel Bueta was impactful as ever in the Diamonds' win over Wales. (Photo: AUS Diamonds/Twitter)

In their fourth game, the Australian Diamonds took on opponents Wales and were given an early challenge which tested them defensively.

An even scoring affair between the two teams set up what would see Australia claim its fourth win of their Commonwealth Games campaign.

Despite the best efforts of Ash Brazill and Cara Koenen, it was a slow start to stop Welsh’s Georgia Rowe from gaining goals. While the Diamonds were shooting at 100 per cent, Welsh’s early hold in the game prevented Australia from making limited attempts at goal.

However, a push from Courtney Bruce‘s deflections helped see Australia break through the game to eventually take the lead by seven goals.

The 79-33 win of the Diamonds was the first game without midcourter Paige Hadley, who was forced to the sidelines after sustaining a calf injury. Her absence impacted very little, as the Diamonds managed to keep a hold of the lead for majority of the game.

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Greta Bueta was a standout in the first half with 18 goals at 100 per cent to her name. Kiera Austin also proved crucial for the Diamonds with her presence in wing attack.

The 24-year-old was involved in important passages including one involving a goal that was made following Bueta’s pass.

Despite an impressive first quarter, Wales started to lose momentum, which Australia took advantage of.

By half time, the Diamonds had clocked the lead to 29 points, 50-21.

Jo Weston was in strong form during the second half where she immediately made an impact each time she returned back onto the court. She had two intercepts to her name.

An injury scare occurred for the Diamonds when Sarah Klau was slow to get up from the court following a knock from Wales’ Rowe. She appeared fine during the game.

Koenen and Bueta were also impactful during the second half as the score had ballooned out to 64-25 going the Diamonds’ way.

Sunshine Coast Lightning duo Koenen and Steph Wood helped to keep Australia in sync with their offensive intercepts. By the end of the game, Australia had a total of 12 intercepts.

The side’s best goalscorer was Koenen, who made 45 goals along with four goal assists.

Alongside her was Bueta who also contributed to the win with 26 goals with five goal attempts. Wood also scored four goals and made eight goal assists.

Australia is set to face its next test when it goes up against Jamaica on Thursday night.

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