Diamonds level the score

Liz Watson Photo-diamonds.netball.com.au

It was a game of two halves over in Christchurch, with the Diamonds dominating the first half before a Silver Ferns Surge in the last.

The Cara Koenen and Kiera Austin combination worked a treat for the Diamonds, with the mobile goal circle allowing for easy access to the post.

In the first half the Diamonds shooters, and Koenen in particular, were able to take control of that backspace.

Sophie Garbin made her debut, and it was a tough start for the natural goal shooter, but will get better as her international career goes on.

Liz Watson was named captain for the Diamonds and certainly led by example for the diamonds setting the standard early.

The one-two punch in the midcourt with Watson and Kate Moloney was able to provide that run throughout the midcourt, as well as the feeding into the goal circle, was excellent.

For the Silver Ferns, they seemed to play on confidence, there was a key goal or a key turnover that seemed to lift the Ferns confidence to score five and four unanswered goals on two separate occasions.

Liz Watson was named captain for the Diamonds and certainly led by example, setting the standard early.

The one two punch in the midcourt with Watson and Kate Moloney were able to provide that run throughout the midcourt as well as the feeding into the goal circle was excellent.

Bailey Mes was awesome in the goal attack position for the Silver Ferns, after spending 12 months out with a severe injury.

When she came onto the court the Silver Ferns attack end lifted.

Mes was able to add that experience into that goal circle after the Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio was a notable omission due to receiving a knock to the calf in game one.

Jane Watson and Sulu Fitzpatrick proved to be a great defensive combination for the Silver Ferns, the pairs ability to block out the diamonds shooters from getting the rebound allowed for the momentum to shift the Ferns way.

In the end the Australians were able to get their first win for the series, levelling it one-all.

The win marks new coach Stacey Marinkovich’s first win as coach.

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